Trailblazer Tuesday: Mid Mountain
— Posted by Samantha on August 14, 2012
I have this problem with constantly finding myself on trails that have an obscene amount of switchbacks. Sure, it's not REALLY a problem, but you need some diversity with your hiking routes to keep it entertaining and fresh, right?
This week, I decided to try covering as much ground as possible... before it got dark and I was stranded in the woods without a headlamp. The solution: Mid Mountain trail.
Trail: Mid Mountain
Duration: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy - Intermediate
Don't forget: Water, camera, car, trail map and your knowledge of what to do if you run into a moose
Mid Mountain Trail is one of the most utilized trails in Park City, mostly because it one of the longest trails in town and goes through the center of the trail system. Mid Mountain is a great way to catch the beautiful Park City scenery without having to make that first initial climb up the mountain. There are several points you can access Mid Mountain from, but my friends and I decided to start our hike at the Mid Mountain trailhead at Silver Lake Lodge.
From here, Mid Mountain winds through Deer Valley and then through Park City Mountain Resort on a mellow, rolling path with a great amount of shade and very few rocks.
I'm not exaggerating when I say this is the simplest trail route you could ever take, as long as you know how to read signs and follow the arrows. This is a very well-marked trail with no confusing forks. And the scenery is breathtaking.
Mid Mountain is a great all-around trail to hike, bike or trail run with its rolling pitch and relatively wide single-track, and we saw several people doing each of these activities. But don't worry, it's not too crowded!
When my friends and I reached Park City Mountain Resort and found our way into the Bonanza area, I noticed a building I had never seen before, even though I skied past it almost every single day. The original location of Mid Mountain Lodge is located right above the Bonanza chair lift, next to the path leading to Town Lift. I guess I've always been too distracted by the mine buildings on the other side of Bonanza. Keep an eye out for it the next time you hike, bike or ski through this area!
From here, hop on Town Lift and cruise back down the mountain. Hopefully, you're a little more punctual than my friends and I are. We barely made it onto the lift before the last chair came swinging around.
By the way, if you fall in love with Mid Mountain and feel like challenging yourself to participate in a marathon, don't forget to register for the Mid Mountain Marathon with the Mountain Trails Foundation on Saturday, September 8.