Conditions Report: More Park City Perfection

Mike Lavery |
Looking over into Big Cottonwood from the Wasatch Crest. Photo: M. Lavery

Saturday we kept the bikes locked up in the truck and drove from Park City over to Brighton for one of Julian Carr’s Cirque Series trail running races. The route was a super technical 6.7 miles with over 3,000 feet of elevation gain, killer views, and great competition. Even if you’re not a “runner,” I highly recommend these events. It’s a laid back atmosphere with cool venues, tons of swag, prizes, and a ridiculous raffle to cap it all off.

Sunday morning we slept in and got out riding at about 10:30. Another glorious day with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70s.

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More Singletrack Perfection. Photo: M. Lavery

We hit Silver Spur to Armstrong and climbed and climbed and climbed. Armstrong was a little loose in the sun, but firmed packed in the woods. There’s more switchbacks than I could count which made for a mellow climb. Eventually we made it to Pinecone Ridge and 9ish miles later up to the Wasatch Crest Trail.

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Views of Park City from the Pinecone Ridge climb. Photo: M. Lavery
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A priority descent for tomorrow. Photo: M. Lavery

We considered riding up to the top of Jupiter Peak but there was a lot of downhill traffic coming the other direction. Instead we hopped on Blazing Saddle and linked that up to Shadow Lake Trail, Keystone, Three Candles, and Tommy’s Two Step for a long and flowy descent. Trail conditions were fantastic all around except for a few places that were a bit overgrown.

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Topping out on the Wasatch Crest. Photo: M. Lavery

Eventually we were back on mid-mountain trail and rode that to Empire Link before descending Daily Grind back into Park City. It’s hard to not want to move to Park City after another great ride like this.

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Such a fun descent, I didn’t take the camera out. One shot from Tommy’s. Photo: M. Lavery

Monday morning I’m headed out to cover as much ground as I can in 3.5 hours before driving back to the Bozone. The riding here never gets old.


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