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snowbird
Joined: 25 Dec 2010
Posts: 3
Maryland, United States
Posted: Sun 28 Aug 2011 01:48 pm GMT   topTop
will be in park city ut and boulder co next week and would like advice on good routes in those areas for aprox 5 miles runs on or off road
thanks, snowbird
backcountryrunner
Joined: 25 Aug 2006
Posts: 197
Utah, United States
Posted: Mon 29 Aug 2011 06:21 pm GMT   topTop
If you're not opposed to a trail that climbs, try Rob's Trail (Park City area). Virtually all trails in the Park City area are graded for mountain biking so it's not super steep, but it does climb; it's incredibly fun coming down. Scenic, lots of pines, aspens and some beautiful ski resort views as you crest a ridge. Just go out and back as far as you feel like - it connects to the Mid Mountain Trail higher up, which goes on for 20+ miles. There are multiple connecting trails so just take note of where you're going for the return trip. At signed trail junctions, take the ascending trail for the best route. You can stop in at any ski resort ticket booth, bike shop or tourist information center and get a Basin Recreation / MountainTrails.org map that shows all the trails in the area to see how everything connects. Hundreds of miles of trails.

To get to Robs Trail, take the Kimball Junction exit from I-80, drive south on UT 224 about 2 miles, turn right on Bear Hollow Drive. Stay on that road; drive up roughly 1.4 miles to a hairpin turn. On the left you'll see some parking spaces at the trailhead.
Snurfer
Joined: 27 Jul 2011
Posts: 3
Utah, United States
Posted: Thu 01 Sep 2011 02:17 pm GMT   topTop
If the mid mountain stuff is too much there are endless possibilities in Round Valley...
http://mountaintrails.org/trails/summer/
And if you want to be able to cool off during your trail run, nearby Jordanelle Reservoir has a twelve mile trail around the northwest and east sides of the lake..

Cheers!
backcountryrunner
Joined: 25 Aug 2006
Posts: 197
Utah, United States
Posted: Thu 01 Sep 2011 05:40 pm GMT   topTop
Agreed, Round Valley has some great trails. It's sagebrush/scrub oak country that gets hot during the day, so I consider them early morning trails. The other map on the link Snurfer provded, the Glenwild area, has some higher, cooler areas but you still have to climb through miles of sagebrush terrain to get to it. (I'm thinking specifically of the awesome Flying Dog trail but it's a long access) FWIW, Round Valley and Glenwild are perfect for springtime trail running because the areas dry out more quickly while all the other Park City trails are still snow-packed.