More than 400 miles of singletrack criss-cross the mountains surrounding Park City. Get to know them without getting lost with White Pine Touring’s guided Thursday night trail rides.
By now you’ve probably heard the International Mountain Biking Association [IMBA] named Park City the only gold-level Ride Center in the world in March. What this means is that, in the IMBA’s opinion, Park City’s 400-mile-plus trail system better exemplifies the Ride Center’s ideal of great options for any level of rider and any style of riding than any other mountain bike locale in the world. “It all stems from a commitment to master planning," says IMBA Regional Director Ryan Schutz. "The sheer miles of trails are fantastic, but what's really important is that they function as a cohesive network, with signage and trail connections that create a model riding area.”
So, the mountain biking in Park City is amazing—a fact well-known to anyone who has hiked or pedaled in and around Park City’s biggest mountain berg—but with so many options, where do you begin?
Start with White Pine Touring’s free weekly trail ride series. Every Thursday night at 6 p.m., riders of all ability levels gather at the Bonanza Drive outdoor adventure store for a two-hour guided ride. Riders can choose from three difficulty levels: easy, medium or expert. (Riders should have ridden a mountain bike on a trail at least once before participating.) Both the easy and medium rides are no-drop, meaning if you fall behind the group will wait for you. If you decide to hang with the big kids on the expert ride, plan on finding your own way back if you can’t keep up.
White Pine Touring’s guided Thursday night trail rides run June through the end of August and are open to riders novice to expert.
White Pine’s guided rides are not only a great way to familiarize yourself with Park City's singletrack network, but can help improve your skills as well. Easy ride guides concentrate on a specific skill each week, which might include climbing switchbacks, navigating obstacles or descending. And guides on the medium-level rides encourage riders to ask for advice any time along the way. Routes are chosen just before heading out, but vary from week to week offering a different slice of Park City’s massive trail system all summer long.
Here on vacation or simply want to try out some different wheels? Rentals for the weekly rides are just $15. And on the last Thursday of every month, White Pine’s Thursday night rides end with a free (Yes, FREE!) post-ride barbecue back at the store with burgers, hotdogs, snacks and Moab Brewery beer. The first post-ride barbecue is Thursday, June 27.
White Pine also offers free women-only guided rides on Tuesday nights—dubbed Team Sugar—also beginning at 6 p.m.
White Pine Touring’s weekly guided trail rides run now through the last week of August. For more information, visit the store’s website, whitepinetouring.com.
Melissa Fields is a Utah-based freelance writer. Her blog about things to do, eat and see in the Beehive is utahvagabond.com.