Mid Mountain Loop, Salt Lake City (Utah)
At the top of the climb, you'll join with the Mid Mountain Trail. Intermediate and advanced riders will find this trail challenging and exciting. It offers amazing views and lots of high-altitude climbing. Summer brings beautiful wildflowers and fall displays aspens in brilliant color. Bottom line: this ride is spectacular!
You'll climb the Armstrong Trail and ascend some moderate rocky sections.
The Mid Mountain Trail features classic Wasatch singletrack with lots of climbing, descending and ridge-top riding through aspen and pine forests. Be sure to give yourself a bit of time to acclimatize before this ride, as the trail sits around 8,000 feet above sea level.
You can start the ride from many different locations on the Mid Mountain loop. Deer Valley Resort is a good option for a starting point. Another particularly nice place to begin the ride is from Park City Mountain Resort, climbing up the uphill-only Armstrong trail. You'll encounter truly extraordinary views of the area as you make your way around the Mid Mountain loop.
You'll start out by climbing the Armstrong trail. Armstrong is a one-directional trail - uphill only. It's a moderate climb with a few challenges but overall very enjoyable. It gains about 1400 feet by the time it hits the Mid Mountain Trail. The trail is very popular due to the many options for extended loops it affords riders. As a result, it's easy to follow and well maintained - just roll on up and get going.
You won't miss the Mid Mountain Trail at the end of Armstrong. You'll essentially merge onto it, heading north. Mid Mountain Trail is a beautiful singletrack through a combination of deep forest, brief passes through open meadows, and along a ridge line. You'll know you're passing through a ski area - along the way, you'll see ski trails, lift towers, and even some mining remains from Park City's history before skiing and mountain biking.
There's a bit of climbing as you make your way north, but nothing brutal. There are also some rocky sections along the way, but again, nothing too technical for an intermediate rider - just enough to keep things interesting. You'll also stay interested with periodic beautiful views out over Park City. You're also likely to see wildflowers and aspen groves along the way.
Ride along the trail until you get to the next ski resort, which will be Canyons Resort. You'll cross over some more ski runs and, eventually, around mile 14.5, you'll see the obvious connection to Ambush. This is one of many options to descend into the Canyons area. The route has a steady grade from top to bottom and gives a nice descent all the way down.
Eventually, the trail dumps you into Canyons, and you'll find yourself on Canyon Resort Drive. Follow the road around and look for the paved Olympic Trail, which runs along the highway back towards Park City. Follow that most of the way back, pickup Thaynes Canyon Drive on your right, then left on Three Kings Drive, and you're back where you started!
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