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Trailside Loop and Skills Park

Trailside Park is located about a mile south of I-80 and a mile west of US-40 near Silver Creek Junction. There's a one-mile, well-groomed singletrack loop. But the main reason to come here is the Skills Park, located on top of the ridge at the southern end of the loop.

View from the ridgeline toward The Canyons. Photos May 23, 2006.

Here's a nice toy in the photo on the right. Start with the balance beam, then the ramp. Take your choice of teeter-totter (route furthest from the camera), or the gnarly stairway. 

Or let's start a little easier. Go to the low-altitude, minimum-tip teeter totter nearby, seen in this photo.

 

Want to practice jumping? Drop over the edge and pick your line. The artificial ledge features a low route (green circle) with a ramp rock so you can't mess up too badly.

Then there's the intermediate ledge (blue square) in the middle. At the far right side of the jump, there's the black diamond (bike shown for size comparison). In the photo above, note the bermed runout at the bottom. 

 

There are several balance stunts. On the left, this is a fairly tough one, with a bit of elevation to make it scarier. Note the log-pile on the trail above. In the photo at right, you see the end of a ground-level beam on the left side of the photo and a broader boardwalk with a "slippery log" and a nice low wheelie-drop edge.

 

There are a couple of practice rockpiles for control and balance.

Several logs and logpiles are there for your riding pleasure, so you can work on your crank-clearing technique.

A couple of bermed turns at the downhill end of the Skills Park take you into these dirt jumps. Launch off the high side, touch down on the downside. Each one gets a little broader. At the bottom, a bermed turn rockets you back uphill.

The quickest way to the Skills area is to keep left at the first trail fork, but either way will get you there.

The park has bathrooms, picnic area, and a big playground. The whole family can have fun here. The singletrack loop is very wide and smooth, perfect for pulling a trailer full of kid. Warm up on the one-mile loop, then go nuts on the fun stuff while the non-bikers hit the playground.

Getting there:  From Salt Lake City, go east on I-80 over Parley's Summit. Skip the Park City exit, and exit at the US-40 (Heber, Silver Creek) exit a couple of miles later. Turn right on US-40. 1/2 mile later, exit at Silver Summit and turn right on Silver Summit Parkway. A mile later, you'll come to a stop sign. Here the main road turns right, and you'll see a parking area straight ahead. Look left, and you'll see a dirt trail going uphill alongside a paved trail. (The dirt trail's the one you want.) Go through the stop sign and find a spot to park, then backtrack to the dirt trail and start uphill.

Riding resources for this trail:
Single-page riding guide
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
      GPX of singletrack loops
Lodging, camping, shops:
     Links to Park City area resources

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