Mike rips through along Tour des Suds in July 2002. Latest update 2011 by Bruce.
The Tour des Suds is one of the best-known classic Park City trails. Fifteen years ago, Tour
des Suds was probably most famous trail in Utah, and for good reason. It was an awesome ride.
Was. Over the last 10 years, Tour des Suds has been chopped up and rerouted as the bulldozers
prepared the mountain for pavement and expensive homes.Yes, it's still worth riding, but you'll wonder why Tour des Suds deserves a "classic must-ride"
designation. History. And Tour des Suds has an annual race named after it.
Tour des Suds is a good route uphill if you're doing a big loop ride starting in downtown Park
City. Westbound from the top of Tour des Suds are trails such as
To the east the
connects to the trails of
such as Naildriver, Deer Crest, etc.Most riders nowadays do only the last section of Tour des Suds, a short segment above the Midmountain
Trail. OK. But here I'll be describing the classic start from town.
Climbing the dirt road out of Daly Canyon to start the Tour.
Even lower on the mountain, there are some surprisingly lush areas of forest. Photo 2011.
The ride starts at Daly Canyon as you climb south up gravel doubletrack. There's an alternate
singletrack in the trees at mile 0.25. You can bypass much of the doubletrack in the first
1.5 miles by hopping singletracks. Once you know where the trail ends up, the singletrack options
are lots more fun.As the gravel road passes the water tank, turn left uphill and reverse direction. At the top
of hill as the road turns to the right, watch for a doubletrack signed for Tour des Suds on
the right. It becomes singletrack after about 100 yards.
There will be multiple side routes. Most of them are used for the downhill return. Keep on
what looks like the main route and stay generally southbound. If you don't know where you're
going, follow the GPS track I've provided.When the trail hits paved road, go uphill a bit and find singletrack on the opposite side.
There are multiple interconnecting trails on this rocky slope. Blunder your way uphill about
100 yards to the continuing climb.
Here Bruce climbs out of the trees onto doubletrack in 2001.
Higher up on the mountain, we're leaving the Midmountain Trail and climbing southwest on Tour des Suds.
The trail slowly zigzags uphill. When you hit the Midmountain Trail (unmarked intersection
as of 2011), turn right (westbound). Now ride the flat Midmountain. Pass
, uphill on your left. (A new trail-cut angles down from Team Big Bear toward a ski lift and
About 1/3 mile later, Tour des Suds forks uphill to the left.
(There's a trail on the FAR left at the junction which is a DH from the
Ruby Lift. You can ride a
loop linking TG to Empire
at the bottom of Ruby.)
This section of Tour is pretty buff with a fairly easy grade. It makes a nice climbing route,
although it's not as nice as the old version. And it's over too quickly. Most of the trail
is in forest, with aspen, choke cherry, and fir.
When you hit gravel road, you have options: (1) Head right on gravel to
the paved road, then climb uphill on pavement to the
Bones. (2) Head left a half mile or so and catch Moose Bones to ride west.
(3) On the dirt road, go left around the corner and grab Team Big Bear
when it skirts the edge of the road about 1/10 mile later.
Looking at the greenery surrounding Dominic as he climbs the mountain, it's easy to see why Tour des Suds has been so popular.
Heading west on Moose Bones.
After reaching the gravel road via Tour des Suds, fork left on the road. Pass the spot where
crosses. As the road turns 90 degrees left, spot two trails. One goes straight ahead. (Note
2011: the straight-ahead singletrack trail is blocked by construction. Yeah. Old story.) The
ST that heads back west uphill is Moose Bones. Hop on it.
Moose Bones will also be crossed by the Ruby-to-Empire DH route. Cross one paved road, and
at the next paved road, head straight and slightly downhill 0.1 miles and find the singletrack
TG trail at the turn in the road. (The doubletrack heading uphill takes you to the ridgeline,
where you can connect to an upper singletrack that reconnects to TG further on.)
Passing across one of the ski runs from the Ruby Lift as we head toward TG on Moose Bone.
Entering the deep forest of the TG trail.
The TG trail will take you northwest. I'd recommend this loop to advanced riders. TG will descend
to the Midmountain Trail, where you can connect to the multiple trails of the Park City Mountain
Resort area. A
up Tour des Suds, north through TG and John's 99, then back via John's and Gravedigger will
be 13.5 miles. Altitude change is 1500, with a peak of 8900; total climbing around 2200.
Like most routes on the west side of Park City, navigation can be confusing due to multiple
trail intersections. If you get on the wrong trail, don't sweat it. The city's right below
you, so you can't stay lost. If you find a busy-looking trail intersection and wait a few minutes,
chances are another biker will point you in the right direction. I strongly recommend you take
both a current MountainTrails.org map and a GPS track.
Dominic crosses a field of blooming wyethia as we near the Midmountain Trail on TG.
Riding on the Flagstaff Loop toward Bald Mountain for an eastbound loop.
The eastbound loops pass through Team Big Bear. (You also have the option of simply dropping
down Team Big Bear to Midmountain for a quickie loop ride.) At the 90-degree turn described
above, follow the road for another 0.1 mile and find the singletrack on the left side of the
road. Staying straight takes you uphill; reversing 180 degrees takes you downhill on Team Big
Team Big Bear ends at the Flagstaff Loop. Take either fork. As you reach Deer Camp, keep heading
east uphill to the shoulder of Bald Mountain where riders are descending from the lift. If
you have time, consider riding the
Now decide on your downhill route. There are dozens of routes downhill at Deer Valley. Homeward
Bound, with its multiple man-made stunts, is a great choice.
Entering Homeward Bound to descend back to Silver Lake Lodge and the Midmountain Trail.
Cruising downhill past old ruins on Prospect.
From the Silver Lake lodge area, you can catch the Midmountain Trail back to Tour des Suds
to return to town.
When Tour des Suds hits the dirt road in Daly Canyon, consider taking
the Prospect Trail along Ontario Ridge. It's on the left at the corner
where you originally turned onto Tour des Suds. Yes, Prospect is straight,
boring, and (in 2011) loaded with annoying babyhead rocks. But it's
singletrack instead of dirt road. You can also connect to the lower Deer
Valley lodge by forking off onto the
To navigate Prospect, just keep straight as you rocket down the ridgeline. Alternate lines
will drop off left and right. When you hit paved road on Prospect, take the next road left
downhill to descend to the road you originally started on.Below is a track file for the loop up Tour des Suds and down Team Big Bear, returning via lower
Tour des Suds then Prospect. It's titled "Loop with Team Big Bear down."
Another ruin along the side of the Prospect Trail on Ontario Ridge.
Uphill navigation on Tour des Suds:
(At top, follow GPS track or trails map for specific ride)
0.0 Start just past end of pavement in Daly Canyon
0.25 Singletrack entering trees on left side of road
(mileage assumes you went up
0.7 Curve around water tank, left uphill at fork
N40 37.634 W111 30.151
1.0 Road turns R, note singletrack comes in on L
Turn R at fork just past turn
N40 37.786 W111 29.815
1.2 Curve L - don't go straight onto faint singletrack
1.3 Keep generally left and straight N40 37.708 W111 29.867
(Alternates route shortcut
1.4 Keep straight (Alt = R uphill) N40 37.591 W111 29.899
1.5 R uphill N40 37.547 W111 29.923
1.6 Fork L (Straight = Empire Link, R = down)
N40 37.594 W111 29.936
2.1 Paved road, R uphill 100 feet, L uphill
N40 37.227 W111 29.746
Navigate complex to climb
2.3 R on Midmountain N40 37.140 W111 29.75
2.5 Keep L uphill N40 37.178 W111 29.844 2.8 Straight and level at Team Big Bear N40 37.111
W111 30.155 Stay on Midmountain 3.1 L uphill on Tour des Suds N40 37.025 W111 30.406 3.9 Gravel
road N40 36.668 W111 30.388 Option: L and climb pavement to go directly to TG R on road 4.3
at 90-degree L turn N40 36.850 W111 30.025 Stay on road if going to Team Big Bear Hard R for
Moose Bones (westbound to TG) 4.6 Ruby-to-Empire crosses, stay L uphill N40 36.766 W111 30.087
4.7 Ruby-to-Moosebones comes in on L 5.0 Cross road N40 36.524 W111 30.329 5.1 Downhill (R)
on road N40 36.472 W111 30.382 5.2 Enter TG at corner N40 36.428 W111 30.470 4.4 Team Big Bear
on L side of road N40 36.899 W111 30.029 180-L to descend Team Big Bear Straight (R) to climb
Go south in Park City until the road dumps onto Main Street. Follow it uphill into Daly Canyon.
When you hit dirt, park and head uphill on the gravel road. N 40° 37.983' W 111° 29.841'Updated 2011