Park City Utah Hiking

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Park City Utah Hiking

Post by Bacchus01 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:53 am

I know there are a lot of hikers here, so I thought I’d ask.

I have a business trip to Park City Utah in late June. I’d like to go early and get some good hiking in.

I’m looking for two bike recommendations. One a nice 3-4 hour with good scenery, maybe the lakes, etc. willing to drive several hours if necessary.

Then I’d like to do a much harder one. The highest peak seems like it is not doable (like 26 miles round trip) but something like Bald Mountain looks good. I have some experience at altitude, completing a 14K hike last summer in Colorado. I prefer loops, but out and back are okay. 4-6 hours is ideal and something under 8 miles with lots of elevation. I want 11K door min and 12k foot ideally.

Any strong recommendations?

Thanks!

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Re: Park City Utah Hiking

Post by livesoft » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:54 am

I have not been there in 40 years, so cannot give a specific recommendation. But if you haven't already, then I would check out AllTrails.com for some ideas and recent comments from actual hikers.
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Post by stoptothink » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:00 am

I'm doing Mount Timpanogos https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/utah ... spen-grove with my wife and about 25 friends (mostly my employees) on June 22nd. Not too congested if you hit it early enough. About a 30min drive from Park City. We've done pretty much everything in the area that is <8hrs for people in good shape; planning on doing King's Peak next year. Hit AllTrails for more options.

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Re: Park City Utah Hiking

Post by InMyDreams » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:26 am

Lots of good hiking books for hiking in the Wasatch and the Uintas
https://www.wasatchhiker.com/favorites

There's a lotta snow up there, the highest trails may still have some in late June.

Mirror Lake highway provides lots of out door hiking in the mountains
https://www.alltrails.com/us/utah/kamas

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Re: Park City Utah Hiking

Post by Bacchus01 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:29 am

livesoft wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:54 am
I have not been there in 40 years, so cannot give a specific recommendation. But if you haven't already, then I would check out AllTrails.com for some ideas and recent comments from actual hikers.
Thank you. I have AllTrails. The problem is that in that area there are about a thousand hikes on alltrails!

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Re: Park City Utah Hiking

Post by Bacchus01 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:32 am

stoptothink wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:00 am
I'm doing Mount Timpanogos https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/utah ... spen-grove with my wife and about 25 friends (mostly my employees) on June 22nd. Not too congested if you hit it early enough. About a 30min drive from Park City. We've done pretty much everything in the area that is <8hrs for people in good shape; planning on doing King's Peak next year. Hit AllTrails for more options.
I will do it that weekend or the weekend before. Can you cover that distance in <8 hours? Long trail but looks fantastic.

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Post by DSInvestor » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:48 am

If you have a smart phone, REI's hiking project app which have lots of trails on it. Some popular trails will be in the featured hikes section. I rolled into Stanley Idaho in the Sawtooth Mountains, sparked up the app and did one of the featured hikes (sawtooth lake) which was spectucular.

For biking, take a look at REI's MTB project app.
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Re: Park City Utah Hiking

Post by gfirero » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:53 am

The Wasatch is very different from the Uintas. The Uintas are higher, but rounder and more forested. Reminds people of the Appalachians.
The Wasatch is very rocky and has more extreme elevation changes. In general, Wasatch trail heads are closer to Park City.

If you want to see both ranges than doing Bald Mountain and Timp is a great idea.
Timp is perhaps my favorite hike in all of Utah. Waterfalls, mountain goats, wildflowers, snow field, lakes - what more could you ask for.
You don't have to go all the way to the top to have an amazing experience. You can make it a loop.

Bald Mountain is high and short. There are a lot of other hikes off of the Mirror Lake Highway that go to lakes, not peaks. Ruth Lake is popular. Ibatnik is also a good one.

The only reason you would need to drive 6 hours is to get away from the crowds, no reason to drive that far to find wonderful hiking.

I think this is a mis-type
Bacchus01 wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:53 am
I’m looking for two bike recommendations.
But Park City has some amazing mountain bike trails. Check out the Glenwild area for one that will be dry in late June.

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Post by InMyDreams » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:59 am

A photo taken recently of one of the outhouses at a Uintah trail head:
https://www.ksl.com/?sid=46460043&nid=3 ... img=141852

and they will probably get more this week.

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Re: Park City Utah Hiking

Post by stoptothink » Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:56 pm

Bacchus01 wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:32 am
stoptothink wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:00 am
I'm doing Mount Timpanogos https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/utah ... spen-grove with my wife and about 25 friends (mostly my employees) on June 22nd. Not too congested if you hit it early enough. About a 30min drive from Park City. We've done pretty much everything in the area that is <8hrs for people in good shape; planning on doing King's Peak next year. Hit AllTrails for more options.
I will do it that weekend or the weekend before. Can you cover that distance in <8 hours? Long trail but looks fantastic.
Wife and I have done it ~5hrs, but we're going with a big group so we'll probably chill out and aim for about 8hrs.

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Re: Park City Utah Hiking

Post by livesoft » Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:27 pm

Bacchus01 wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:29 am
Thank you. I have AllTrails. The problem is that in that area there are about a thousand hikes on alltrails!
That's quite an exaggeration. Turn on the Heat Map overlay along with the Nearby Trails overlay. One can instantly see the most popular trails. There are other filters / search tools as well.
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Re: Park City Utah Hiking

Post by Old Guy » Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:40 pm

Im 76. Just walking up Main St. is enough of a hike for me.

Do really like Park City. We try and go every summer for a week.

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Re: Park City Utah Hiking

Post by Bacchus01 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:54 pm

livesoft wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:27 pm
Bacchus01 wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:29 am
Thank you. I have AllTrails. The problem is that in that area there are about a thousand hikes on alltrails!
That's quite an exaggeration. Turn on the Heat Map overlay along with the Nearby Trails overlay. One can instantly see the most popular trails. There are other filters / search tools as well.
How is it an exaggeration? Park City and Salt Lake City each bring up over 500 each. I said I would drive for it. There are easily 1,000+ within easy driving distance.

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Post by telemark » Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:18 pm

The snow pack is unusually high this year, so you may want to take that into consideration. You might think it would all be gone by late June, and that might be wrong. I suggest having several possibilities in mind, and choosing on the basis of the weather that day.

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Re: Park City Utah Hiking

Post by stoptothink » Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:35 pm

telemark wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:18 pm
The snow pack is unusually high this year, so you may want to take that into consideration. You might think it would all be gone by late June, and that might be wrong. I suggest having several possibilities in mind, and choosing on the basis of the weather that day.
Yep, we are seriously wondering what Timp will look like the end of June. We're <5 miles from dozens of good trails (Little and Big Baldy, Squaw Peak) and as of last weekend the bottom of the trailheads were still covered in snow. We didn't even bother this weekend because of some sprinkling.

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