Trails

Join Park City Municipal and Utah Open Lands in reducing your carbon footprint and trailhead congestion. Jump on the free Bonanza Flat "Transit to Trails" shuttle. Park at 1376 Munchkin Road in Park City and shuttle up the mountain.  Reservations are highly recommended.  View pick-up schedules and availability and make reservations at utahopenlands.org/transit-to-trails or by calling 801-808-1367.

Sean Higgins

Park City kicked off a free Transit to Trails shuttle over the weekend. The service takes hikers and bikers from the site of the proposed arts and culture district at the corner of Kearns Boulevard and Bonanza Drive up to several popular local trailheads.

 

The Transit to Trails service provides free rides for hikers and bikers from the parking lot on Munchkin Road to the Mid-Mountain, Bonanza Flats, and Blood Lake trailheads. Shuttles will make four trips between 8:00am and noon every Saturday and Sunday until September 12th. 

 

Robert Barnhart

With summer now in full swing and hundreds, if not thousands, of people getting out on local trails systems each day, the chances of a serious accident happening are elevated. KPCW spoke with local experts and has more on what people should be mindful of on the trails and what steps to take if there is an accident.

 

The Wasatch Back’s trails have experienced an explosion in popularity in recent years. That popularity combined with this summer’s drought conditions make for a unique set of circumstances out on the mountains.

 

Tania Knauer

Springtime in the Rockies means migration of humans camping, hiking, and recreating in national forest service lands. It's also a time when wildlife is highly vulnerable and weakened from the winter season.

 

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is issuing advice to help humans coexist with wild animals as they move through the late winter and early spring conditions.

 

Basin Recreation

The Snyderville Basin Recreation District is unveiling a short-term trail access plan, as warmer weather arrives with the spring.

 

Recently, Basin Rec and Summit County officials have been concerned that the Basin’s world-class trail system is being loved to death. 

 

The effects have been seen as trails and parking lots in residential areas are crowded by locals, out-of-county visitors, and recreationists trying to get outside during the past year of pandemic.

 

Snyderville Basin Planning Commission

As we reported, the Snyderville Planning Commission on August 25th, by a narrow 4-3 vote, approved a Conditional Use Permit to revamp the Spring Creek trailhead, and to create new parking spaces.

One of the dissenters was Planning Commisisoner Thomas Cooke, who says that more parking isn’t the solution to the problem of visitors thronging to the trailheads.

Cooke told KPCW that trailheads are development.        

Basin Recreation

 

Summit County officials hosted a webinar on Tuesday evening to discuss the future of trail access in the Snyderville Basin. Access to Summit County’s extensive trail system has been a touchy subject for many locals with increased use causing congestion and other issues on the trails.

 

KPCW

As summer arrives and more people take to the trails around Park City, trail etiquette has become a hot topic for locals. Summit County officials are looking for your input on the best way to manage our open spaces.

 

 

Park City’s trail system is a well-known destination for outdoor enthusiasts nationwide. Every year, thousands of hikers and bikers utilize the trails in and around Park City. Unfortunately, their popularity has also led to friction with local property owners.

Basin Recreation

The Sheriff’s Department will ticket and tow your car if it’s parked illegally at the Rob’s Trailhead Parking lot.  Carolyn Murray has more:

On today's Local News Hour, host Leslie Thatcher speaks with State Representative Kraig Powell (R) about his efforts to amend Utah laws now that same-sex marriage is law of the land. Rena Jordan and Bob Radke with the Snyderville Basin Recreation District have an update on a possible new indoor field house, new trail builds underway and the plans for a 224 crossing. Jenny Mauer with the Park City Christian Center has details on the annual Back 2 Schools Basics event coming up next month. They're looking for money and volunteers.

With more electric assist bikes on the market,  bike communities with non-motorized paths like Park City are trying to get ahead of the issues that are certain to arise with the bikes wil small, quiet motors. Lynn Ware Peek has more.

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A new non-profit group with experienced leadership at its helm has opened its doors. The new Trails Utah will help other communities promote trails and trail usage and will follow the Park City model. Lynn Ware Peek has more.

Does your favorite stream or trail need improvement? The U.S. Forest Service is requesting project proposals from the public that it can fund. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

For the Forest Service's home page: fs.usda.gov/uwcnf

For the project form click here.

It's unlikely that a ruling by the U.S.  Supreme Court this week will have ramifications for Park City's Rail Trail.  As KPCW's Leslie Thatcher reports, those who were involved in turning the unused rail bed into a 26-mile linear state park in the 1980s believe the local trail rights are protected.  

With the Stone Ridge open space adding some 270 acres to Round Valley, recreationists can look forward to more winter trails not this year, but next. Lynn Ware Peek has more.

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