Typical scene along the trail, with gambel oak, brush, and distant hills of Park City. Original review August 22, 2002 by Bruce. Latest update July 20, 2018.
The main trailhead is at the Park City Sports Complex just off US 40 on Kearns Blvd (Highway
248). Within the complex, Quinn's trailhead on the west side puts you on the doubletrack trails.
At the northeast corner of the complex, you'll find the entry to the singletrack trails Rambler,
Practice Loop, and Matt's Flat.There are four "community" trailheads in residential areas (see below). You can also connect
to Round Valley via a paved spur from the paved Rail Trail.
Riders descending the last portion of Rambler, which is the trail that ties everything else together. You will encounter some shade, but most of the riding is sun-exposed.
Carving a turn on the Rambler trail.
Four hills of varying size provide opportunity for climbing and descent. The trails intersect
to provide unlimited riding variations. Pick the type of ride you want -- climbing, downhill
bliss, rocky-techy, or cruising. You can ride every trail in the complex in one day if you're
willing to invest 40 miles and 4000 feet of climbing.
There are so many intersecting trails that it's hard to recommend specific routes, although
I make an attempt at it below. In general the easiest trails are in the sagebrush valley in
the southwest quadrant or the riding area. But none of Round Valley's trails are particularly
hard or technical.The trails are heavily used by local families. On the broad doubletrack trails, there will
be kids and bike trailers. On singletrack, you'll pass many muscular trail-runners accompanied
by very large but well-controlled dogs.
Typical view of the doubletrack trails, suitable for kids and bike trailers. We're looking southwest on Hat Trick.
While Round Valley is known for its mellow trails, you can find techy stuff if you go looking for it. This is a tricky spot on western Rambler.
Trails are well-marked with carsonite posts at intersections. And there are a LOT of intersections.
At some major intersections there's a trail map on the signpost. (There are minor inaccuracies
on those maps, but don't sweat it. And my area map -- see below -- is usually outdated within
a year as the system evolves. You may not be where you think you are, but you can find your
The trail rolls through scattered clusters of gambel oak, with small meadows of sage, bitterbrush,
and rabbitbrush. Because of the low altitude and sun exposure, this is one of the first Park
City area trails to clear of snow in the spring. The riding season is May through early November,
Serviceberries, ripe and ready to munch. We're on the east side of PC Hill.
Heading uphill on the PC Hill trail. Hand-cut, very narrow, encroaching woody shrubs with tight turns.
One trail deserves special mention. The new (which forks off the doubletrack Hat Trick at the
southwest corner) is a hiking-preferred trail. It's not illegal to bike it (as of 2013), but
you might not enjoy it. The climb from Hat Trick to the summit is do-able for expert riders,
but you'll find the turns very tight. If you want to do this trail, climb to the viewpoint
and descend the way you came.
The descent (or climb) on the west side of PC Hill will have you picking up the bike at every
sharp switchback. And there are a lot of switchbacks. Not switchbacks you're used to -- these
are "two-foot radius" turns. So I'd just leave the western portion of this trail to the hikers.
View over Park City from PC Hill. Turn around here and coast back.
View west on Happy Gilmor, near the connector to the bike park.
In 2016, the trail system was extended north to connect to
Trailside Bike Park
in Snyderville (see the map).
connects the west Rambler trailhead to Silver Creek Parkway (just east of
the bike park), with a formal trailhead at its north end. Happy Gilmor
also has a short connecting trail to the ridgeline
trail of the park, located a bit west of the trail fork where TM ends on
is a new favorite. It begins high on the mountain on the west side of Round Valley, at the
intersection of Rambler and Rademan Ridge. (This is where Rambler begins its descent westbound
to the trailhead.) TM swoops and dips down to join Happy Gilmore in the sagebrush flat behind
the Trailside Bike Park.New in 2017 on Round Valley's west side, is a new easy uphill-only trail from Seventy 101 to
Nowhere Elks. A bit south on Nowhere Elks, is an easy descender all the way to Matt's Flat.
See the map for an easy lariat loop ride using these trails.
The TM trail swoops through a series of hairpin turns.
Snaking through a series of turns on Pulp Friction.
New in 2018 is a downhill-only trail on the west side of the riding area. is 1.5 miles long,
descending from the intersection of Rambler, Rademan Ridge, and TM. It drops 450 vertical feet
to the Old Ranch Road trailhead.
Very nice riding area, heavily used by locals but also of interest to out-of-towners. Free
of snow much earlier than other Park City rides. Navigation can be complex simply because of
the multitude of trail options, but you can pick a day of riding from quick and mellow to brutal
Riding west from Rademan Ridge.
Sample Ride: Classic Round Valley Loop
14 miles with 600 vertical feet of climbing. TH: ProspectorThis ride has 5.5 miles on singletrack and the rest on paved trails. There's 600 vertical feet
of climbing total, but the steepest gain is about 200 feet per mile. Top altitude is 7075 ft.
Start either at Quinn's or at the Rail Trail at Prospector Square. Link via the paved connector
to Rambler in the sports complex. At the west end of Rambler hop on Old Farm Road southbound
then westbound. Turn left when you see the Farm Trail and follow it to McCleod Creek southbound.
At Park Avenue join the paved trail to Kearns Blvd and go east on the bike path back to the
Rail Trail. (See link to one-page riding guide below for map and mile-by-mile instruction.)
Easy (Family) Ride: Fast Pitch to Round Valley Express
6.1 miles with about 200 vertical feet of climbing. TH: Quinn'sFrom Quinn's Trailhead, head southwest (to the left of the small hill) on Fast Pitch. Keep
straight at the intersections and join Hat Trick. Go to the right as you reach the Cove trailhead
and climb up Matt's Flat, staying on the broad trail. Keep straight on Cammi's, then fork right
onto Round Valley Express. Zoom downhill. As you approach US40, turn south and right on the
paved path and follow it back to the sports complex.
Intermediate Ride with minimal climbing: Valderoad
to Ramble On Loop
6.2 miles with about 300 feet of climbing. TH: RamblerFind the Rambler trail as it leaves paved road just east of the stables. Climb uphill a short
ways and fork left toward "Practice Loop" and "Matt's Flat". Keep straight past Nowhere Elks
and two forks for the practice loop. Fork right uphill on Valderoad. Keep straight until you
reach Round Valley Express. Veer right on RV Express. At the gate, turn 90 degrees right uphill
on Rambler. 100 feet later, fork left to Ramble On. Stay on Ramble On until it rejoins Rambler.
Continue south back to the trailhead.
Upper-intermediate loop ride: Matt's to La Dea Duh to Rambler
7.4 miles with 750 vertical feet of climbing. TH: Quinn'sThis is a less-complicated (and slightly shorter) variation of the USCS Round Valley race loop.
From Quinn's, go north (to the right as you face the sign), then after 200 feet drop to the
lower DT trail (Fairway Hills, going the same direction you were). Fork right at the next intersection
onto Fast Pitch. Head uphill as other trails join. Veer right just before the Cove TH. Turn
left on the singletrack Backslide and cross the mountain. At the bottom, fork hard left on
Matt's. As you near the road, fork hard left uphill on La Dea Duh for some rocky tech stuff.
Descend and join Rademan Ridge, then fork 90 degrees right on Rambler. Now follow Rambler all
the way back.
Climber/descender figure 8 ride: Nowhere Elks to Rusty Shovel to Rambler
9.2 miles with 1000 vertical feet of climbing. TH: RamblerFind Rambler just east of the stables. Go a bit uphill. At the first intersection, fork left
towards Matt's Flat / Practice Loop. Quickly fork right uphill onto Nowhere Elks. Climb to
the top of the mountain, then cross Rambler onto Rusty Shovel and have a nice downhill. At
the bottom, go left on Ramble On. When you reach Rambler, fork left uphill. Climb to the ridge
again on Rambler, then descend Rambler and follow it back to the trailhead.
Links to in-depth trail pages for selected Round Valley rides
Getting there, "Classic Loop" trailhead on the Rail Trail:
Southbound on Park City's Park Avenue, turn left onto Kearns Blvd., as
though you were heading to US 40. About 1/4 mile later, turn right on
Bonanza Drive. At the "Rail Trail" sign about 200 feet later,
turn left onto Prospector Avenue, then right into the parking lot for the
Rail Trail. The trail is at the far (south) end of the parking lot.
N 40#xb0 39.684' W 111#xb0 29.894' Start your ride
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.Directly across Gilmor Way from the top of the long main sports complex paved parking area.
N40 40.764 W111 28.204.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. N40 40.889 W111 28.318Go 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. N40 40.945
Trailside Park trailhead:
(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). 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
has been constructed at the point
where Happy Gilmor leaves Silver Creek Parkway, about 1/10th mile east of
the entry to the Trailside Bike Park lot.
(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. N40 40.979 W111 29.121
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. N40 41.066 W111 30.112
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. N40 40.664 W111 28.984
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. N40 42.759 W111 29.523
Silver - Quinn TH.
From Silver Summit Parkway just west of
US-40, south on Highland Drive. Parking after road turns to gravel. N40 42.726 W111 29.012
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. N40 42.055 W111 30.442