Park City has some of the best hiking and rock climbing in the world, attracting experts from around the world year after year. However, this one-of-a-kind landscape has trails and adventure for all ages and levels. As the weather gets warmer, share your love of the outdoors with the whole family on these hikes for everyone.
Bloods Lake Trail is a short hike that’s great for the whole family at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon in Wasatch County. Breathtaking views start at the parking lot and you’ll find Bloods Lake Trail to your left, running downhill for only 0.7 miles till you get to the lake. There’s even a rope swing at the Southeast corner of the lake, great for a quick afternoon dip on a hot day. If your group is interested in hiking on, several popular routes, including the Wasatch Crest Trail, also start here. The trailhead can easily be reached from Park City at the top of Old State Route 152, just below Guardsman Pass.
Run-A-Muk features two miles of trails and 43 acres of sage-covered hills, where you can choose your own adventure with shorter or longer well-marked loops. These trails offer small effort for little ones but a big payoff for everyone with excellent views looking up at the slopes of the Utah Olympic Park. This is also one of Park City’s best off-lease areas for dogs to run wild, so bring fido along! Run-A-Muk can be accessed from Olympic Parkway or the Millennium Trail, just north of Bear Cub Drive and south of the Whole Foods Market pedestrian tunnel.
Enjoy a day full of adventure at Ruth Lake in the Unita Mountains, just an hour outside of Park City. The hike to Ruth Lake is short and easy, perfect for children and adults of all ages and hiking experience. This scenic route meanders through the forest offering fantastic views of the cliffs, blooming wildflowers, and the option to explore numerous side trails to surrounding lakes. Take highway 150 towards Mirror Lake, going past Bald Mountain Pass to mile marker 35 and you’ll find the trailhead on the west side of the road.
2.7 Miles | All Ages | Pet Friendly | Wheelchair Friendly
Poison Creek Trail features the opportunity for both peaceful reflection and adventure. This 2.7 mile trail is popular for walking, hiking, birding, road biking and trail running. As the trail travels along the east side of City Park, trail-goers will pass a mix of athletic fields, sculptures, murals in one of several short tunnels, residences, and sites rich with PC History. Poison Creek is also paved and well-kept for wheelchairs or strollers, with benches and picnic tables along the route for resting. Whether you’re on wheels or wearing sneakers, this trail has something for everyone.
Enjoy a peaceful hike through gamble oaks with stunning vistas seen through breaks in the trees. This trail provides great views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and the Park City center. This 3.9-mile loop takes just under 2 hours and fun for all ages. Pets are welcome too but must be on a leash. Find the trailhead just behind the Marriott’s Summit Watch on Main Street in Downtown Park City.
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