Big Easy is a 6-mile loop in the Round Valley riding area near Park City. The loop was finished in fall 2022. Round Valley is a complex trail system, with around 35 trails stuffed into an area that's only two miles wide. Because the Big Easy trail crosses or temporarily joins several of the older trails, this separate page is provided to assist with navigation. See the main Round Valley page for further area information.
At the time of this review, most of the intersections and trail mergers on Big Easy are not adequately labeled. Even trail posts with the "Big Easy" sticker may not help you decide the correct path to stay on Big Easy, often because they're positioned before the trail fork with no directional arrow. (This tells you which trail you arrived on, not which upcoming trail to select.) The route still needs more trail posts, better indicators on the existing trail posts, and better placement of some trail posts. Hopefully this will come soon. Meantime for your first ride you'll probably need to pop up Trailforks at complicated intersections and figure it out as you go along.
East Rambler/Practice Loop (recommended access):
This is probably the easiest combination of finding the trailhead and finding your way to the trail. Turn off 248 onto Round Valley Drive. In 100 yards, turn left onto Gillmor Way. Follow Gillmor Way around to the intersection between Ability Way and the entry to the ice arena. Rambler is at the northeast corner of that intersection. Climb Rambler to Big Easy. (Alternate: go up Ability Way to the Practice Loop connector and climb the Practice Loop to Big Easy.)
North Round Valley (Bike Park) trailhead: Take Happy Gillmor to Tin Man. Fork left on Rambler at Rademan Ridge. Descend and fork right as Big Easy leaves the combined Rambler/Rademan Ridge trail.
Silver Summit end of Silver Quinn: Pedal south 0.2 miles on paved trail, passing entry to Round Valley Express. At gate, fork right onto Bourbon Street and climb 0.2 miles to Big Easy.
Park City Hospital: Find the singletrack at the northern end of the parking lot. Go 0.2 miles uphill, cross Silver Quinn paved trail, then join Big Easy.
100 feet, keep right and downhill as Nowhere Elks forks left uphill
0.3 miles, fork hard right downhill as Rambler continues straight and Kari's heads left uphill.
0.3 miles, keep straight (right downhill connects to Silver Quinn paved trail then Park City Hospital parking lot)
1.0 miles, keep straight to cross Rusty Spur
0.7 miles, keep left as Bourbon Street joins on right
0.3 miles, keep straight to cross RV Connector singletrack
0.1 miles, Rambler joins on left
50 yards, fork left onto Big Easy into broad sage valley
1.1 miles, six-way trail intersection on ridge (RV Express and Cammy's cross), keep straight
0.2 miles, five-way intersection, cross Matt's Flat and veer 45 degrees right
0.4 miles, cross Backslide
0.3 miles, cross connector from Round Valley Way to Matt's Flat
100 yards, join Ability Way/Matt's Flat heading southeast
50 feet, Downward Dog joins on left
0.2 miles, keep straight as Valdemort joins from left
0.2 miles, keep straight as Practice Loop joins from R downhill
0.1 miles, keep straight (left) as Practice Loop/Rambler forks R downhill. (Right turn here takes you down to Ability Way/Gillmor Way)
Nice addition to the Round Valley system, offering a longer ride with less climbing for tourist-level riders. Nice access route to other popular trails in the riding area. But at this time it's not an easy route to navigate, especially in the area just above the Abilities Center. Needs some thoughtful work on signage to keep riders flowing steadily around the loop.
On I-80, turn south at Silver Creek Junction (towards Heber). At the second exit (about 3 miles later) turn right towards Park City on Kearns Blvd (Highway 248). Less than 1/4 mile from the exit, turn right at the light onto Round Valley Drive. Quickly turn left onto Gilmor Way. Follow it around (pass the first parking lot) and veer north. You'll pass parking lots on your right. Head to the top of the parking area. Quinn's TH is across Gilmor Way. The other trails can be reached by heading toward the Ice Arena building. Bathroom and water are found in the middle of the parking area.
Quinn's TH: Directly across Gilmor Way from the top of the main Sports Complex paved parking area on the west side.
Rambler trail: Pedal on paved trail or road to the north. Go the entry to the parking lot on the south side of the Ice Arena. At the road crossing, turn north toward the stables. Rambler is the singletrack immediately on your right, just a few feet up the road.
Practice Loop trail: Go to Rambler as above, but don't turn onto the trail. Instead, go up the paved road toward the stables 1/10 mile. Just as it turns to the left, fork right on the yellow cinder path (Ability Way). The Practice Loop singletrack is about 100 feet up the path on your right.
Trailside Park and North Round Valley trailheads: (for access via
Happy Gilmor and TM, bathroom and water available)
Leave US-40 (189) at the Silver Creek exit and turn west (toward Snyderville). You'll see the North Trailhead on your left as you approach a low hill. Turn in, and begin riding on Happy Gillmor. For the Trailside Park, stay straight on Silver Creek Parkway until it ends in the Trailside Park parking lot. To connect to Happy Gilmor, you have two options: (1) You can climb the broad trail right at the parking lot entry to the top of the saddle ridge, then head south when the main trail turns left to climb to the twisty DH trails. When you reach Happy Gilmor, turn right to head for the Old Ranch (Rambler) trailhead, or go left to find TM. (2) Backtrack on Silver Creek Parkway, past the church, and turn right at a dirt road with a gate. Veer left from DT to ST, and you're on Happy Gilmor.
Community Trailheads: (No water and
bathrooms at these access points.)
Round Valley Way. Meadows Drive to Sunny Slopes Drive to Round Valley Way. Parking lot, access to the doubletrack trails just downhill from Somewhere Elks and Backslide singletracks.
Cove (Meadows Drive). Meadows Drive turns east at traffic light on 224 (Park Ave north of town). Parking on the north side of the street. Connects uphill to La Dea Duh and the west end of Matt's Flat.
Fairway Hills. Meadows Drive to Silver Cloud Dr to Morning Sky Court. No dedicated parking. Go to the end of Morning Sky Court. Street dead-ends at entry to Fairway Hills Connector. Room for a couple of vehicles.
Silver Summit Parkway. (First southbound exit US-40) Unmarked, about 1/3 mile east of the church. Minimal roadside parking. Two singletracks head south. They join and connect to Round Valley Express DT. Further uphill, ST connects to Ramble On at mile 1.4.
Silver - Quinn TH. From Silver Summit Parkway just west of US-40, south on Highland Drive. Parking after road turns to gravel.
Old Ranch (Rambler) TH. From 224, go east on Old Ranch Road. Turn north as you approach the hill. Parking is on the east side of the road.