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    I Found Killer Tech Riding in Park City Area

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    I'm staying at the Silver Star resort on a family vacation. I've managed to rent an FS 29er, and have been riding in between family activities. I've made a few trips out from the resort. I've ridden Armstrong, Spiro, the Mid-mountain trail, and some others in that area that I can't remember.

    The trails are quite nice, but I've found zero tech so far. It's not even in the same league as the tech I ride in the DALLAS TX area. The climbs are grueling, and the scenery is wonderful, but so far I'm just riding dirt trails with a few rocks thrown in here and there.

    I've got one more chance to ride - tomorrow morning. I have a mini van and can probably drive an hour out of town if need be. I'm looking for rock-crawling. Maybe get the crap scared out of me. Something harder than the tech in Dallas. No one I've talked to around here seems to know.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Limited options

    -There's lots of rocky tech on offshoots of the BST in SLC. Downsides are temperature, and the fact that you will have to ride hour-long 20% grade climbs. Or more likely walk them.
    -Big mountain area (Great Western Trail and variants) will have some pretty rocky and technical stuff. Not Moab by any means but most people can scare themselves.

    Park City is basically not super rocky or technical in general. Enjoy it for what it is.

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    I'm staying at the Silver Star resort on a family vacation. I've managed to rent an FS 29er, and have been riding in between family activities. I've made a few trips out from the resort. I've ridden Armstrong, Spiro, the Mid-mountain trail, and some others in that area that I can't remember.

    The trails are quite nice, but I've found zero tech so far. It's not even in the same league as the tech I ride in the DALLAS TX area. The climbs are grueling, and the scenery is wonderful, but so far I'm just riding dirt trails with a few rocks thrown in here and there.

    I've got one more chance to ride - tomorrow morning. I have a mini van and can probably drive an hour out of town if need be. I'm looking for rock-crawling. Maybe get the crap scared out of me. Something harder than the tech in Dallas. No one I've talked to around here seems to know.

    Thanks in advance.
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    the Glenwild network has a considerable amount of rock, mainly due to the lack of tree coverage. Sweeny's switchbacks has some pretty gnarly rock gardens. Trails in and around Deer Valley have some decent rocky sections.

    Trying to think of where to find "rock-crawling" in PC and I'm having trouble thinking of places. Most of the trails in PC are buffed out single track, if not blown out thanks to the extreme dry again this year. Its not Moab you know.

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    PC is not for slow tech. My advice is to go faster, its plenty exciting.

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    Thanks guys, I appreciate it. I just wanted to know what's out there and make sure I wasn't missing something. I think I'm just going to stay on the mountain around here and try to do an epic on Mid-Mountain.

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    Yep, you've got it. Enjoy PC for what it is. I enjoy rocky techy riding but I can find plenty to enjoy in PC as well. Some of the smooth flowy descents off the crest at speed are some of the most fun you can have on a mountain bike.

    Enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JACKL View Post
    an epic on Mid-Mountain.
    FYI - I would recommend trails near and next to mid mountain over the actual mid mountain trail. They're usually more interesting, in better shape, and less crowded. Though I confess it is very hard to do a ride in Park City without riding mid mountain for at least a few miles.

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    Rock crawling - Get in the car and drive to Moab or St. George. Ignore the fact that it's 105+ degrees..

    Ok, seriously now. As miller542 stated, stay off Midmountain if you can. It's the equivalent of the Interstate. Fast and smooth and great as a connector.

    Here's one - not much rock, but you're in the trees, so you get root tech:
    From Midmountain - up Corvair, turn right on T&G. T&G to T&G2 to Black Forest and down to Mid mountain. Cross mid mountain and hit Link. Right on Link, Left on Johns 99. Hook up with Johns at the Town Lift. Johns into Sweeney's switchbacks.

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    Go up Sweeney's and John's. Not sure what you mean by rock crawling or if you're more interested in tech climbing or descending. The trails you've ridden are generally the most buff in the PC area. PM me if you want to ride this evening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by charcist View Post

    Here's one -From Midmountain - up Corvair, turn right on T&G. T&G to T&G2 to Black Forest and down to Mid mountain. Cross mid mountain and hit Link. Right on Link, Left on Johns 99. Hook up with Johns at the Town Lift. Johns into Sweeney's switchbacks.
    great route!

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    I rode the lifts at Deer Valley a few weeks ago, for the first time in about 10 years. Some of the black-diamond trails qualified as technical, with drops and rocks, but not the type of rock crawling you would get down south. If you're only here for a day, and don't want to spend a lot of that time grinding uphill, it's worth consideration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JACKL View Post
    Thanks guys, I appreciate it. I just wanted to know what's out there and make sure I wasn't missing something. I think I'm just going to stay on the mountain around here and try to do an epic on Mid-Mountain.
    For whatever reason, I rode John's for the first time a few weeks ago. Do it. You can grab it right from Mid Mountain. It's a million constant turns, tight and full of big tree roots. Non stop. Pretty fun, and challenging to push yourself as fast as you can go. But unfortunately, it's not super long. Check Skidmap.com to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charcist View Post
    Rock crawling - Get in the car and drive to Moab or St. George. Ignore the fact that it's 105+ degrees..

    Ok, seriously now. As miller542 stated, stay off Midmountain if you can. It's the equivalent of the Interstate. Fast and smooth and great as a connector.

    Here's one - not much rock, but you're in the trees, so you get root tech:
    From Midmountain - up Corvair, turn right on T&G. T&G to T&G2 to Black Forest and down to Mid mountain. Cross mid mountain and hit Link. Right on Link, Left on Johns 99. Hook up with Johns at the Town Lift. Johns into Sweeney's switchbacks.
    OK, I clearly need to get a new map or find more of the off-map trail in PC because I haven't heard of Corvair, T&G 1 or 2, Link, or Black Forest.

    John's 99 and Sweeney's are cool with some tight rooty switchbacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JACKL View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    OK, I clearly need to get a new map or find more of the off-map trail in PC because I haven't heard of Corvair, T&G 1 or 2, Link, or Black Forest.

    John's 99 and Sweeney's are cool with some tight rooty switchbacks.
    Black Forrest is an old original, ties in with MM n empire area

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    Quote Originally Posted by YRG View Post
    Black Forrest is an old original, ties in with MM n empire area
    yeah, I've been poking around on utahmountainbiking.com since I read this route suggestion. Wow, I'd be lost in five minutes trying to follow that or TG without a guide or a gps file. I had no idea there were so many "other" trails up there.

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    Found my tech for sure!! Got dropped off at the top of tg. Rode that, johns 99, moose something, gravedigger, then ended up in a crazyass downhill park. Then dumped to a maintenance road and now I'm on a trail marked with a post that has the word "trail" carved on it. So the adventure of getting back to the silver star contines!

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    Daly Canyon area of Park City. Check it out. Don't forget to explore the old mining buildings. Most are worth a serious look.

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    Made it back. Watching the concert at deer valley with a refreshing beverage. Life is good!!

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    Nice!

    So did you scare yourself?

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    Made it back. Watching the concert at deer valley with a refreshing beverage. Life is good!!
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    Glad it worked out. If you're up there again, hit "Twist and Shout". It's short, but you'd probably like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walt View Post
    So did you scare yourself?

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    Yes, I actually did. When the rear wheel threatened to come over, my original post came back to haunt me. I'll post videos tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    OK, I clearly need to get a new map or find more of the off-map trail in PC because I haven't heard of Corvair, T&G 1 or 2, Link, or Black Forest.

    John's 99 and Sweeney's are cool with some tight rooty switchbacks.
    Screw the paper map. That's for tourists and LLDRs.

    Skidmap.com. Love it, learn it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charcist View Post
    Screw the paper map. That's for tourists and LLDRs.

    Skidmap.com. Love it, learn it.
    What do you do when you need to check the map while on the trail?
    Don't buy all the lies that they feed ya.

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