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I know this is out of our territory. But figured NorCal folks travel and would have good recommendations (and locals wouldn't know where to stay (just as I wouldn't know where someone should stay in the Bay area).

In a couple of weeks, my girlfriend and I'll have 2 extra days to play in the Salt Lake City area after a trade show I have to go to (Outdoor Retailer, in case anyone else will be there). Bringing cross country bikes. Thinking of going up to Park City/Deer Valley area. I seem to remember some fun trails from when I rode there some 10 years ago.

Any suggestions of trails not to miss? And places to stay for 2 nights?
 

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PM: ilovemtnbiking he lives out there. Super cool dude and knows the fun stuff.
 

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Do the Wasatch Crest Trail
http://24hrbikeshop.com/Utah__Wasatch_Crest_.html
You can start this in Park City. My suggestion would be to start in the parking lot of Park City Ski Resort and ride up "Spiro" to "Powerline" to "Shadow Lake (Jupiter Bowl). Take the single track around the left hand side of Shadow Lake. This will bring you up to the start of "Puke Hill" which is the saddle (mentioned in the above link). Ride up Puke Hill and you're on the Crest trail. Ride the whole crest (about 7.75 miles) and take a right at the fork and drop into the Canyons Ski Resort. Then hook up with the "mid mtn trail" that takes you back to Park City. This is about a 4-5hr romp. with around 4000 ft of climbing. If I were to suggest 1 ride to do in the area...this would be it. The views on the Crest are awesome.

couple things:
You can get a nice free trail map of the all the Park City trail maps in the bike shops and at Starbucks in PC
-make sure to ride the Crest south to north, riding in the opposite direction is not as flowy and requires some hike a bike
- online map of park city area (spiro trail is just below and left of "Jans" on map
http://maps.mountainland.org/maps/dynamic/mtf/mtf.php?r=t
 

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Wasatch Crest, and hitting the local shops for a map, are both on my list!
 

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Park City area - Mid Mtn Trail, or some variation of that is a fun XC ride.

Visit the Olympic Training Center in Park City.
We were there a couple weeks ago and had a chance to watch Olympians and hopefuls as young as 13 years old train (huck it) on the 90 and 120 meter jumps. Really an awesome place to check out for a few hours.
 

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Park City recommendations

If you're strapped for time and can't do the Wasatch Crest trail, there's some good rolling XC riding in Park City. The Glenwyld Trail system (near Kimball Junction) is a relatively intermediate trail system and has some fun riding - Flying Dog being the best loop out of the bunch and doable in 2-3 hours. Round Valley is similar and also fun but can't remember the name of the loops.

The trail system at PC Mountain Resort is worth checking out and you don't have to buy a lift ticket to access. Deer Valley also has some fun riding. Jansport, Cole Sport, or White Pine Touring in PC will sort you out on additional recommendations.

Since you'll probably need to grab some food at some point, Red Rock Junction in the Redstone shopping center has good beer (as much as Utah beer can be called beer) and pretty good wood fired pizzas.

Decent coffee can be found at Park City Roasters in Kimball Junction (it's near the Post Office). And, if you're in Salt Lake City, the Coffee Garden in the SugarHouse district makes a pretty good espresso.

Have fun!
 

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Ditto what ilovemtnbiking said. That is a terrific ride and easy to follow. +2 on the free map. Lots of good PC trail suggestions on there.

If you stay downtown SLC for the trade show, you can to the BSL trail. Ride up past the Capital building and climb up Dry Creek to the Bonneville shoreline trail then south to City Creek. Fun early morning or late afternoon ride close to downtown which will take an hour or two.

A bit further drive, but American Fork Canyon offers some beautiful alpine loops as well. I think I got the beta for those rides on www.utahmountainbiking.com

Spiro to the Crest to the Canyons to Mid-Mountain
Climbing Spiro


On the crest


Alpine loop American Fork Canyon




Bonneville Shoreline Trail
 

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Whee!

Just about everything in Park City and Deer Valley is good riding. You could ride for days and days and never repeat.

The Deer Valley mtb park at the top is really, really fun too. You could get a lift up then ride down all the way to Park City. I think that would be cool.

I wish I was going to Park City!
 

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I'm heading there for a family reunion, and don't have room to take my bike. Any recommendations on rentals? Hardtail or FS?

-Derek
 

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Wasatch and Mid-Mountain are the two trails I would hit

I was just in PC for a week (July 10th-17th). Wasatch Crest and Mid-Mountain are the two trails I would suggest (they are high enough that it will be cooler due to elevation and tree coverage). Trails dry up very quickly there (like in a few hours), so I wouldn't suggest the lower, exposed trails (besides, being from Arizona, it's always a treat to ride in trees).

Another suggestion would be to spend one day at The Canyon's ski hill and buy a gondola lift pass ($12 well spent dollars). The gondola gets you up to Mid-Mountain Tr. for an out in back in either direction, then you can do a few bombs down some of the other trails such as Holley's, Ambush, etc. The downhills aren't like a downhill course, but rather fast and flowy xc type stuff, very fun.
 

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KRob said:
If you stay downtown SLC for the trade show, you can to the BSL trail. Ride up past the Capital building and climb up Dry Creek to the Bonneville shoreline trail then south to City Creek. Fun early morning or late afternoon ride close to downtown which will take an hour or two.
Got the Bonneville Shoreline Trail to Bobsled Trail in today. Great loop. The climb on BS was painful in the 94 degree heat (even at 5pm) but provided some decent views. And Bobsled was just downright awesome. What flow after the first loose stuff stretch. I was going way up on the banks.

Mid-mountain and 1 other yet to be determined are set for this weekend. Got the "free" map (cost me a $5 donation) of the trails, so am set there.
 
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