Park City may be known as a mountain biking town when the snow’s not flying (and even when it is), but it does have some hiking up its sleeve. Most of the bike trails are designed for all users, so hikers are free to enjoy them. However, with the popularity of biking, it can get a little stressful worrying about who’s coming around the corner. So, for our Park City fall hiking blog, we’ll focus on trails that are either uphill riding or foot traffic specific.
Did we mention that Fall is one of the most beautiful times in Park City? Our mountainous terrain interspersed with valleys makes seeing the fall colors easy. If you’re really lucky, you’ll catch the yellow of the aspen or the red of the scrub oak tree against the contrast of a fall dusting of snow. It’s one of Mother Nature’s finest displays. But it does go quick, so get out there and hike!
Armstrong to Dawn’s
Starting from Silver Star Cafe or the Park City Mountain parking lot, follow the signs for Armstrong trail. This is an uphill-only biking trail and typically has plenty of foot traffic. Depending on where you start, this trail is 3.3 to 3.6 miles and is rated as moderate.
If you’re up for some steeps, check this one out. The trailhead is a bit tough to find, but you can follow Thaynes Canyon up to the end of Iron Canyon Court. Please be respectful of homeowners and park in designated areas only. The official trail is a 5.5 mile out and back, but there’s a great vista just about a mile and a half up.
Silver Lake Trail
This 2 mile trail ascends from the Silver Lake area at Deer Valley to Bald Mountain and is designated an out and back. During the summer season, this could be done as a descent only via the Sterling Express lift, but the lifts don’t run in the fall. No dogs are allowed on this trail.
Rob’s is newly designated as an uphill only bike trail, making it a perfect Park City hike for fall. You’ll wind through aspens and spruce with a variety of loop or out and back options. Keep an eye out for moose.
While the PC Hill does not have that epic alpine tree coverage Park City is known for, what it does provide is a great viewpoint for the fall colors. From the trailhead, ascend 1.3 miles for this out and back jaunt. Keep in mind there are a number of offshoots of this trail, so try to follow the one most traveled.
Fall Photo Gallery
If you’re looking to make your fall hike extra special, let our hiking guides do the work. We’ll scout out the best location for your date, and accommodate your desired aerobic activity level. Transportation is included in our hiking packages.