||Pipeline-Village Trail Loop
Park City offers a lot of different riding experiences. This
loop gives you a long, radical downhill romp on a quick 5-mile loop. There's an initial brutal
climb to "cock the gun" then you fly like a bullet on a long
twisting downhill along the Pipeline Trail. To return a bit uphill, the
Village Trail is a relatively painless and pretty climb. A reasonable rider can
easily complete the loop in under an hour.
View from the high point of the ride,
looking down on the condos of Deer Valley. Photos June 4, 2003.
|The ride begins just right of the lower lodge at Deer
Valley. You'll pass under the lift, circling on doubletrack around to the
left, to begin a grunt climb. One-half mile later, you're ready to rumble.
As the doubletrack turns right, you ride straight ahead and fly down a
couple of switchbacks on the ski slope, then enter the trees. You're on
Lower Deer Crest. Going slightly uphill, you'll traverse a couple of
additional ski slopes before merging with Upper Deer Crest, coming in from
The Pipeline traverses multiple ski
slopes. Then it plunges into trees again. It's a great intermediate-tech
||At the next fork, drop left downhill through a series of
switchbacks. The trail will drop down to an open
area, where you'll see an underpass ahead. Fork hard right downhill.
You're now on The Pipeline. Fly.
The Pipeline drops you into the same long open area a couple
of miles later. Head uphill a bit on the left side, then cross over to the
right side and enter the trees on the Village Trail.
The curves on the Pipeline aren't too
tricky. There are a few dips and twists, but maintaining 20 mph on this
section isn't hard.
At the top of the Village Trail, you'll coast downhill to the Deer
Crest guardhouse. Go on the left side, exit the pavement on the
singletrack next to the guardhouse, then fork right on the Gap Bypass.
This trail will traverse around the mountain, back to the main Deer Valley
parking area where you started.
View on the Village Trail, headed
uphill towards the Gap.
|0.0 Gate at SW corner of road in front
0.6 Top of DT climb, straight onto ST
1.0 Deer Crest in on R
1.1 L downhill, long switchbacks
1.6 R downhill, then L down DT
1.7 Hard R downhill in open area
Switchbacks under road
3.7 At open area, L uphill
|3.9 Into trees on R side of open
4.4 R downhill on pavement to guardhouse
Option: climb Gap over mountain
Option 2: longer ride via
around Hidden Hollow Loop
4.6 L of guardhouse, L uphill 30 ft
R to traverse around mountain
5.0 Drop down to road by lodge
||Getting there: In Park City, follow the signs
to Deer Valley Resort. Just after you turn past the Snow Park Lodge, turn
left into the first parking lot. Get on your bike. As you leave the lot
the way you came, the first street on your left is where the return trail
comes out. Ride past it, around in front of the Snow Park Lodge, and go to
the gate on the far right side of all the buildings. Turn left through the
gate and begin riding uphill on the doubletrack.
One-page riding guide
GPS Track File (Right-click and "Save as...")
GPX course file
With Deer Crest / Solamere tracks
City multi-track file
Topo map for printing: View map
Lodging, camping, shops:
Links to Park City area resources
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