Park City Long-Travel Test Loop

When screening lengthy-journey bikes at the Bible of Bike Checks, we’re occasionally responsible of phoning it in on the uphills. Whether or not that usually means just finding the smoothest, shortest hearth street climb or, god forbid, shuttling, it is constantly been done for the larger great, not out of laziness. It’s a way to maximize our time on the downhills. Soon after all, the downhill is why you’d get a lengthy-journey bike in the initially position.

So we’ll generally skew our knowledge-collection efforts to favor the descents. But we discovered one thing interesting on our Park Town lengthy-journey examination loop. Even even though the descents we chose were in the generously elevate-accessed Deer Valley Vacation resort, there were some amazingly pleasurable uphills accessible for achieving them. Which is a great factor, simply because our mid-Oct timing put us in Deer Valley just times soon after all those lifts closed.

Hop on board for a lap with Equipment Editor Travis Engel and Image & Video Editor Satchel Cronk to get a perception of what the examination bikes went via. Travis is using the Specialized Enduro and Satchel is using the Yeti SB165.

– Distance: 5.6 miles
– Elevation gain/reduction: 1,440 ft
– Gap to Deer Crest, Pipeline, Deer Crest, NCS, Devo, Old-Skool, Pointy Rocks

The Experience

Heading Up
We started in the parking whole lot at the foundation of Deer Valley Vacation resort and pedaled above to the entrance to the St. Regis hotel. You switchback up a number of entry trails, setting up with Finns, then Gap to Deer Crest. Just about every are generously benched-in traverses that, presented you’ve acclimated a little bit, are a great warm-up. Then, it begins to experience a minor far more wooded and singletrack-y when you get onto Pipeline. Nonetheless, it is a easy, helpful, generally mellow quality that you can settle into.

A minor earlier a third of the way up to a mid-mountain spot referred to as Silver Lake, you link up with Deer Crest suitable, and points open up up a minor far more. You may possibly even get the satisfaction of on the lookout down on locations that, just fifteen minutes before, you’d been on the lookout up at.

At some point, you spill out on a flat hearth street (which, on most maps, is nonetheless deemed Deer Crest) where you will be in a position to rest for a number of hundred ft. Then, you will meet up with up with an intersection of Undertow, Fourpoint and Mid-Mountain. For the reason that the resort was closed when we were screening, we pedaled up the downhill trail, Fourpoint to get some steep, technical sections in the loop, but in the course of the frequent period, you would want to duck off the hearth street to the still left and consider mid-mountain to Silverlake. It’s what you may possibly simply call a downhill-uphill that, though you are attaining elevation, it feels speedy and flowy. That places you a fast, but steep, hearth street grunt absent from the top of NCS, where the Park Town lengthy-journey examination loop actually shows its enamel.

NCS will come in like a lion. Right off the bat there is a normal squirrel-catcher of a rock area that I didn’t nail until eventually working day 4. Then, there is a short, vast open up traverse until eventually you duck into the woods for some techy, guiding-the-saddle puzzle-preventing, and the gnar factor keeps elevating for about a quarter mile until eventually you cross Fourpoint all over again where, simply because we’re screening bikes, the Bible crew exits and pedals again up all over again for far more climbing screening and, of class, far more elevation.

At some point, you connection up with Devo which, in contrast to NCS, is a circulation trail. It’s nonetheless jagged and chunky, but in a way that you don’t have to be Sam Hill to carry velocity via. The baseball-to-basketball-sized rocks differ from embedded fixtures to free radicals, so it is a blend of bouncing and browsing.

Then, about halfway down, our testers bailed out onto an entry street to hike again up to bag a minor far more elevation. The straight tumble-line hearth street takes you up to Old Skool which, as the name indicates, feels like a vast-open up pedaly DH keep track of from the ’90s. It’s generally not steep, and generally not technical, but if you support it with a number of cranks listed here and there, it is speedy.

Skirting by multi-million dollar homes, you sooner or later arrive to the standout element of Old Skool, which is a concrete utility bridge with a obligatory fall on the other facet. Search at it your initially run.

Then, you are again to regular, vast open up turning and shredding until eventually you duck into Pointy Rocks, which is an absolute handle. A lush chute of natural grime that is slippery when moist, you can actually make some poetry the moment you get to know it. It spits you out, lips grinning and forearms pumping, appropriate at the resort entrance, yards from where you started.

More Bible Trail Guides:

– Small-Journey Check Loop

– Trailside Bike Park

– Wasatch Crest

This write-up originally appeared on and was republished with permission. Deal with image by Anthony Smith.

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