This is an easier ride, suitable for experienced beginners. Unlike a lot of Park City's riding, there are no gut-busting climbs. This ride is as flat and mellow as anything you'll find during your Park City trip. It's 10 miles in length, forming a lariat shape. There's about 1000 vertical feet of total climbing, but it occurs gradually on both outbound and return trips.For an even-shorter ride, you could drive up SR 224 and park just above the Empire Canyon lodge at the roadside parking. This would cut your distance down to 6.4 miles.
At the lodge parking, pedal to the ski lifts. Now look to the right. See the underpass? Pedal downhill, pass under, then immediately veer left onto singletrack trail. You're on the Midmountain.
Pedal on, again keeping on the "flat and straight" trail, which will be the Midmountain. The trail will cross a gravel road at mile 4.3, then curve slowly to the right. At mile 4.7, as you head gently downhill, the Midmountain forks up to the left. Notice the tracks going straight? That's your trail.
At mile 6.7, Link joins from uphill on your right, and Johns99 turns into Little Chief. Keep straight. Little Chief is narrower than the trails you've been riding so far.
Easy ride, very scenic. One of the best beginner-level rides in Park City. But it won't disappoint experienced riders at all. True beginners would probably want to do a portion of Midmountain as an out-and-back. The Johns99 to Little Chief return on the loop portion has some narrower trail, and a few roots to navigate. Plus more climbing.
0.0 Go past lodge to lifts, left downhill below overpass
Immediately veer left onto ST N40 37.267 W111 29.330
0.8 Keep L uphill (R=Tour des Suds)
N40 37.145 W111 29.754
1.0 Keep L uphill N40 37.179 W111 29.844
1.4 Level and straight N40 37.110 W111 30.157
(L uphill = Team Big Bear, R downhill = to lift)
1.6 Straight (R) N40 37.025 W111 30.397
(L = Tour des Suds)
1.7 Cross Guardsman Road N40 36.979 W111 30.451
2.0 Keep R (L uphill = from TG) N40 36.821 W111 30.598
2.2 Cross DT N40 36.882 W111 30.770
2.3 Keep L (R = Little Chief) N40 36.948 W111 30.827
3.1 Straight (L = TG) N40 37.517 W111 30.932
3.2 Keep level N40 37.494 W111 30.990
(R down = Link, then L up = Link)
N40 37.660 W111 30.893
4.3 Cross DT N40 37.788 W111 30.799
4.6 Keep R (Leave Midmountain)
N40 37.862 W111 30.892
4.8 Veer R downhill off saddle N40 37.952 W111 30.731
4.9 Follow ST L (Johns99) N40 37.878 W111 30.772
5.3 Cross King Road uphill N40 37.826 W111 30.325
6.0 R downhill , then L uphill to stay on Johns99
N40 37.584 W111 30.856
6.7 Keep straight to enter Little Chief
N40 37.355 W111 30.799
6.9 Keep straight (L downhill = Ore Cart)
N40 37.203 W111 30.706
7.5 L to return on Midmountain N40 36.948 W111 30.827
9.8 Back at Deer Valley
Bike services, water, bathrooms are near the lift by Silver Lake Lodge.