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Basics
Length:
30 miles oneway
Difficulty:
Intermediate

Description

The Rail Trail is 30 miles long, extending from the Prospector area of Park City down to Echo Junction along a former railroad route. The Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park is open to all non-motorized traffic, but finds its greatest use among mountain bikers.
Length:
30 miles oneway
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Additional Details:
The trail is cinder-and-dirt double-track, and as you''d guess from its history as a railroad line, the elevation change is slow and the curves are gentle. There''s a wide variety of terrain along the 30 miles, ranging from Echo Reservoir, where rough rock, juniper, and sunflowers prevail, to the lush green farmland along the Weber River, to the sage and bitterbrush hills climbing to Park City.

The upper end of the trail begins in Park City. It joins Interstate 80 near US 40, then winds along with -- and occasionally between lanes of -- the interstate down through sage, bitterbrush, and gambel oak. After the Wanship trailhead, the trail travels along the Weber River into farmland. Besides contented cows and horses, your kids will see plenty of cottonwood trees, choke cherry, wild rose, and wild currant.

Cutting through the edge of Coalville, the trail winds along the shores of Echo Reservoir. There are multiple spots where the family can clamber down to the water for a picnic or play. The trail is very smooth, but some loose cinder on the trail surface may make going hard for tiny ones with training wheels.

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