Basin Recreation wants to keep you informed! Our trails and open space will get you the information that you need. If you want to know about trail conditions, check out what our trails team has been working on, what's new with open space or take a look at current construction, find out here. With over 150 miles of non-motorized trails, including 23 miles of paved trails, 10 miles of soft surface trails, 119 miles of natural surface trails and a bike park, we would appreciate you keeping us informed of any issues that you encounter. Please take a moment to share your comments by emailing Bob Radke, Trails & Open Space Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trail Closures & Alerts:
At times, certain trails will have very heavy use or experience temporary closures (for maintenance, races or unfavorable conditions). During the shoulder seasons, many trails will be closed due to weather and for the safety of both the user and the trail. Please respect such closures to help ensure that our trails stay in the best condition possible.
When there are major impacts to the trail, we will post information here, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. If you are on social media, please follow us to receive the latest trail updates, special event notices, and MORE!
- 24-7 REROUTED - Use caution when riding 24-7! Due to some private property issues, the 24-7 trail has been re-routed for a short distance in the Bob's Basin area. The old trail alignment has been de-commissioned and is no longer open for public access. Please use the new trail and allow the old trail to re-vegetate. Lack of rain in Park City this summer has left the new trail segment loose and dusty and with a very soft edge. The new trail section will need significant rain to solidify, compact, and sure-up the edges for long term stability. Riders should SLOW DOWN when approaching banks to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride and to prevent damaging the new trail surface.
- FIRE MITIGATION PROJECT, Toll Canyon - Utah Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands ("FFSL") fire crews are working on a fire mitigation project in Toll Canyon along the paved and dirt road that connects Pinebrook to Summit Park. Trail users should expect periodic trail closures throughout the summer and fall. Effected trails are the Fire Evacuation Road, Timberline Connection and parts of the Toll Creek and Jeep Trails as needed. FFSL crew will sign the area when working, but users should always take caution when entering the area if chainsaws are being used or fire crews are present. More information about the project can be found below.
Trail Projects & Planning:
Our trails and open space team works hard to provide the public with amazing experiences. When recreating on the trails and open space, be sure to stop and say 'hello' when you see members of our Basin Recreation team. To understand a bit more about what our trails team is doing to ensure Park City remains an IMBA Gold Level Ride Center, please view our Basin Recreation Trail Crew Highlights!
Below is a list of the 2016 trail and open space projects that Basin Recreation is funding, constructing, partnering, and/or coordinating, updated August 2016.
- 24-7 REROUTED - COMPLETED - Due to some private property issues, the 24-7 trail has been re-routed for a short distance in the Bob's Basin area. The old trail alignment has been de-commissioned and is no longer open for public access. Please use the new trail and allow the old trail to re-vegetate. The new trail section adds a few switchbacks and a nice climb. It's likely you have ridden this new section without even noticing the change...this was an intention and integral part of the design. As noted in the Trail Alert section above, use caution when riding 24-7! Lack of rain in Park City this summer has left the new trail segment loose and dusty and with a very soft edge. The new trail section will need significant rain to solidify, compact, and sure-up the edges for long term stability. Riders should SLOW DOWN when approaching banks to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride and to prevent damaging the new trail surface.
- FIRE MITIGATION PROJECT, Toll Canyon - Trail users should expect periodic trail closures throughout the summer and fall as the Utah Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands ("FFSL") completes a fire mitigation project within Toll Canyon. FFSL has partnered with Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District ("Basin Recreation") and Utah Open Lands ("UOL") to mitigate the risk and hazard of wildfire in the Toll Canyon Open Space and to secure emergency egress for Summit Park and Pinebrook. The project, which began in June and will be ongoing until complete, is treating an 80-foot corridor of forested open space along the emergency escape route between Summit Park and Pinebrook neighborhoods. The FFSL Hot Shot Fire Crews are working throughout the summer, clearing brush and hazardous trees and installing fire "breakaway" gates on either end of the escape route. This project has been funded by a FFSL Summit Fire Mitigation Grant. The buffer being created by this project will serve to reduce the volume of surrounding forest vegetation (fuels) that present a fire hazard, while also providing a safe exit in the case of a catastrophic fire to surrounding neighborhoods. It aims to reduce the homeowner's exposure to wildfire and reduce the potential for fires to start in the treated areas. FFSL crews will also remove beetle-killed trees and thin dense growing conifers to improve forest health and enhance wildlife habitat in the area. A chipper is being utilized to dispose of the debris and redistribute the residue on the forest floor for recycling. Firewood rounds will be stacked on the road for a community collection. Contact Jess Kirby at email@example.com for details on how to collect the free firewood.
- TOLL CANYON to SUMMIT PARK Multi-Use Connection - Basin Recreation is currently working with habitat consultants, Logan Simpson, to locate a suitable alignment for the Toll Canyon to Summit Park (Road to WOS) multi-use connection trail. The consultant's report and recommendations are anticipated to be delivered to Basin Recreation by the end of August, with final alignment approval and construction to begin in the fall of 2016. Careful consideration of wildlife habitat and a sustainable and low impact trail alignment will be key components in the final alignment decision. Basin Recreation is anticipating that this connection will provide neighborhood access for trail users of Summit Park, Timberline, and Pinebrook and will create the "My Garage is My Trailhead" scenario. Additionally, the hope is that it will reduce traffic on the narrow streets and limited parking areas in Summit Park.
- MOOSE CAMP, New Hiking Only Trail in Toll Canyon - COMPLETED - Utah Conservation Corps spent five weeks this summer hand building the newest addition to Toll Canyon's Hiking Only trail system. The four-person crew constructed "Moose Camp," a 0.8 mile hiking trail that winds through the shaded forest of Toll Canyon's backcountry. Moose Camp, when combined with the existing trail network, creates several loops that are approximately 3.5 miles long. Trail access is restricted to hiking only in this part of Toll Canyon. No bikes are allowed.
- RTS to UOP New Multi-Use Trail - Construction will begin fall 2016 on a new multi-use natural surface trail that will connect the trails in Utah Olympic Park (UOP) to the RTS trail network on Basin Recreation open space PRI parcel. The alignment is currently being determined. The potential of several new loops in the open space is also a possibility this fall or next spring.
- RUN-A-MUK OFF LEASH DOG AREA Expansion - As a result of a recent land exchange between Rocky Mountain Power and Basin Recreation, the Run-A-Muk Open Space and its trail system is expanding. Approximately 3.5 acres of land and 1.5 miles of new natural surface trail will be added to the Run-A-Muk area during 2016. Of the 1.5 miles of new trail, 0.4 miles have already been constructed with the help of our National Trails Day volunteers. The final phase of the project will take place in October with the construction of fencing and the remaining 1.1 miles of trail. Once complete, the 1.5 mile trail will connect Run-A-Muk to UOP Iron Bill trail, allowing for a longer hike for users. The Run-A-Muk expansion will be for dogs and hikers only. No bikes are allowed.
- MID MOUNTAIN to UOP Trail Connection - Negotiations are currently taking place between Vail Resorts, Basin Recreation, and the UOP to acquire a trail right-of-way that will connect Basin Recreation's Mid Mountain trail to the UOP trail network. This trail will be multi-use natural surface. Staff is waiting to hear on easement information from the property owner with hope of construction starting fall 2016.
- HWY 224 TRANSPORTATION TRAIL PARK CITY TO KIMBALL JUNCTION New Hard Surface Trail, Direct - Construction has started on a new paved trail that will connect Silver Spring Drive to Kimball Junction. Built for recreation and alternative transportation alike, this 1.5 mile trail will complete a much needed direct connection between Park City and Kimball Junction.
- MILLENNIUM TRAIL, New Connection - COMPLETED - Users of the Millennium trail will notice a new trail connection that links Bear Hollow Drive, next to Park City Community Church, to Sun Peak Drive, just behind the new Hyatt Hotel. An elevated boardwalk allows for this connection.
Noxious Weed Control Information and Updates:
The State of Utah currently lists 59 species of noxious weeds, 31 species residing within Summit County, Utah. A noxious weed is a species known to grow aggressively, multiply quickly without some type of control, and adversely affect native habitats, ecosystems, and agricultural and/or horticultural crops. Due to potentially devastating environmental and economic impacts of these noxious weeds, Summit County has adopted an ordinance that outlines property owners' responsibilities for controlling noxious weeds on their property. This ordinance requires ALL property owners to manage noxious weeds.
Basin Recreation bears the same responsibility for noxious weed management on its trailheads, trail easements and open spaces, and therefore follows a Trails and Open Space Noxious Weed Management Guideline utilizing best practices feasible to control and/or eliminate the proliferation of these noxious species. These practices can include the use of herbicide application when called for. The Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District Trails and Open Space Noxious Weed Management Guideline can be found HERE.
Due to variable weather restrictions such as winds and precipitation, our weed management efforts require flexibility and often day-to-day decision making. In an effort to balance this reality with our desire to keep our patrons informed, you can find weekly updates here regarding areas in which herbicides may be applied during any given week and plan your activities accordingly.
- As part of our ongoing weed management program in Toll Canyon Open Space, Basin Recreation has contracted a noxious weed specialist to work in Toll Canyon to treat the Canadian Thistle. Treatment will begin next Wednesday, October 7, weather permitting. Users should expect Toll Creek Trail to be closed during the treatment. Once treated areas are dry, the trail will be reopened.
For more information on noxious weeds, please visit the Summit County Weed Department.
For additional information on shoulder season conditions, trail events, encounters with wildlife on the trails, or how to be a BETTER trail user, see the links below.