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Hi !
I am in need of some local knowledge for our upcoming trip.
We land in SLC September 6 and out on September 16.
We have 1 RV and 1 truck (so shuttle is possible).

We have 1 or 2 days in Park City.
What can you suggest to fill this 2 days

We are experience riders, in our forties, 20 + years of riding at a good fitness level.
We did trips in Utah, Arizona, Oregon and Colorado in the past few years.
Our riding preference is more enduro incline, but still love an epic 35 + miles of scenic, out there, back country ride.

Thanks !!
 

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Deer Valley will be closed for lift serviced riding. It would be a stretch to call riding in Park City as "enduro". 20 mile rides will top out at almost 10,000 feet and entail 3500 feet of climbing. You can easily map out longer rides.

Here's an interactive map: Mountain Trails Foundation - Map

Here are some threads:

https://forums.mtbr.com/utah/one-day-ride-park-city-1100702.html

https://forums.mtbr.com/utah/park-city-4-days-august-1082569.html

You could start at the bottom of UOP, climb up Iron Bill to Collins to the midmountain trail, head toward Park City, go up Tommy Two Steps, 3 candles, Keystone, Shadow Lake, Puke Hill, Crest toward The Canyons, down the connector back to the MM trail north to the Olympic trail down Moose Puddle, BLT, OMH and back to the car. That ought to be close to 35 miles and 4000+ feet of climbing.

Lots of options.
 

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According to what I found when planning our trip, Deer Valley should not be closed for his dates (weather permitting)

Chairlift Dates and Hours:
June 14 - September 2, then weekends only through September 22, 2019
Chairlift hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., daily. Last round-trip leaves at 4:30 p.m.

We are planning to ride it on the 21st or 22nd!
 

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Thanks for the info !
We dont mind if the lift are open or not, not really looking for a full day of DH.

Is there any loop or shuttle ride that would give the same feel as the Whole Enchilada or the Monarch Crest ?
 

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September is gold here. One classic "epic" ride would be the Wasatch Crest via Armstrong/Pinecone with a return on Mid-mountain. This is similar to MSU's suggestion, but IMO, a little easier to navigate (fewer junctions). The return via MM is continously up and down with somewhat significant total elevation gain, so if you get to the intersection of Ridge Connector and MM and your legs are done climbing, you can bail out by descending via Richochet or Hollys down to the Canyons and ride the paved bike trail back to your car (see Trailforks for details).

You can also shuttle the Crest from Salt Lake on even days. Just google big rack shuttles or fox and rox.

For the other day, ride up from PCMR to the top of Deer Valley during the week when the lifts are closed, and get a lap (or two) in on the DV flow trails. Navigation is a little more challenging for this one so be sure to have the trailforks app on your phone. From PCMR, ride up Jenni's to MM to Tour de Suds to the dirt road to Team Big Bear to Road to Ruby to the landing where all the flow trails meet up. From there, your choice of Holy Roller (green), Tidal Wave (blue) or Tsunami (black). All the flow trails end at Silver Lake where you can jump on MM back toward PCMR and descend any number of trails to the parking lot (Jenni's to Loose Moose, Crescent Mine Grade, Spiro, etc.).
 

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Thanks for the info !
Is there any loop or shuttle ride that would give the same feel as the Whole Enchilada or the Monarch Crest ?
If thats what you're looking for i'd skip riding in PC and ride back down towards the SLC valley.

If you really want to ride in PC its not going to give you the same feel, but you can easily have an epic day and spin a mega loop linking various trails.

IMO a few rides that provide that big epic feel that start just outside of park city are:

1.Alta to Provo via Catherines Pass, trail157, Timp road, to Groove Creek.

2.The Wasatch Crest back down to SLC via Mill Creek/Pipeline

3.Snowbird Big mountain down LCC trail link up: although local knowledge of trails is helpful to make it worth it to avoid road.

All three are shuttles and start high up in the alpine. Ride one is easily the biggest day, but so good, and overlooked by many. Ride two is the most popular and can only be done on even days. Ride three you will have to buy a lift licket.
 

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Thanks all for the suggestions, this help me a lot !

1.Alta to Provo via Catherines Pass, trail157, Timp road, to Groove Creek.

2.The Wasatch Crest back down to SLC via Mill Creek/Pipeline

3.Snowbird Big mountain down LCC trail link up: although local knowledge of trails is helpful to make it worth it to avoid road.
I cant find your suggestion #1 et #3 on trailforks.
Can you give me more details ?

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IMO Its about as an epic 30+ mile "out there" ride you can get around here...the views cant be beat, the scenery through upper LCC and Timponogos are fantastic.

Surprised the shuttle companies aren't running this....but, it's a big day with climbing and descending along the whole way, for strong riders...you are rewarded with a big payoff downhill at the end.

Its like the Wasatch Crest X3.
 

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Put that route on trailforks Dmar! I'll organize a ride to do it in August.
Im down! Trying to plant the seed to ride it with a few of my buds..Would be fun...depending on how hot it gets though.

Need to get a crew together to cut back the Timpooneke Chris Flat #151 section...sure its going to get gnarly with all the moisture this year!
 

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Put that route on trailforks Dmar! I'll organize a ride to do it in August.
Here's the Alta to Provo route...looks like I forgot a little section from the parking at the very start of Cathrines Pass, doh....and towards the end of the ride a short section you stay on Chris Flat trail to Groove Creek and not the road, pretty obvious by looking at the map.

https://www.trailforks.com/route/alta-to-provo/
 
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