We have been hitting the trails a bit more this summer, as Andrea has been building up her running and I need to quench my overwhelming thirst to be in the mountains as much as possible. Here's a few of the runs we have been loving this summer...
Pipeline Trail - Millcreek Canyon
Proximity to home makes this a great before work option. In our opinion, best done as an out and back from the Burch Hollow trailhead (about 9 miles roundtrip if you run west). It's a flat run. You can make it a bit longer by starting at Elbow Fork, or adding on another out and back to that point. We like running this trail early in the morning, while the rattlesnakes are sleeping.
Mid-Mountain Trail - Park City
We've run Mid-Mountain more than any other trail this summer, because its awesome. We like starting at the Empire Lodge (Montage Deer Valley) and heading north. The trail winds through Aspen forests and across the ski slopes. You could easily do this as a point-to-point and take the free buses back to the start, dropping down to Park City via Jenni's / Spiro / Armstrong, or simply take it all the way to the Canyons Resort.
Wasatch Crest Trail - Big Cottonwood Canyon
Possibly our new favorite run. A nice 10 miler starts at Guardsman's Pass - take Scott's Bypass and then run up Puke Hill to the Crest. The trail, which undulates between 9,500 - 10,000 feet, is very smooth and provides unlimited scenery. At 5 miles you reach an overlook, and the return trip is just as great as the way out.