Flying Dog, Park City’s IMBA Designated Epic Ride
One ride down the Flying Dog trail on a mountain bike and you’ll understand why it’s an IMBA designated Epic Ride. The 5 mile descent is sure to put a smile on even the most righteous of spandex clad masochists.
When to Ride Flying Dog
The trail is typically ready to ride by the end of May. However, I’d advise hitting it in the morning or evening during the hotter summer months as the climb is south facing and exposed. Additionally, the trail can get busy on weekends, so mid-week riding is best for avoiding crowds.
Flying Dog Trail Conditions
Snyderville Basin Recreation is an excellent resource for up-to-date Park City bike trail conditions. Feel free to leave a comment if you’ve ridden the trail lately or have more recent trail beta.
Flying Dog Apres Bike
Post-ride saddle up to the bar at either Maxwell’s or O’Shucks, for a celebratory beer, burger, sushi roll, and/or slice.
Flying Dog Ride Options
The beginning of the descent starts around 7,700 ft and requires climbing another trail to get there. My favorite route is accessed by parking at the schoolhouse trailhead in Jeremy Ranch.
From the Schoolhouse Trailhead, ride up Fink Again and turn left on 24/7 Connector. You’ll wind around without much elevation change until you reach the Preserve Connector on your right. Don’t be fooled by the trail marker showing Flying Dog straight ahead. Once on the Preserve Connector trail, it’s all uphill from there. You’ll have a steady climb until you reach about 7,770 ft and the beginning of the Flying Dog trail. After you reach the bottom, finish with a quick descent on one of the Bob’s Basin freeride trails, before heading back to the car.
This route starts out like the above route, except instead of climbing all the way to the start of the Flying Dog downhill you descend down Cobblestone and connect with the backside of Glenwild Loop. Although not as fun as the real Flying Dog DH, Cobblestone is an enjoyable descent and is a great early season alternative when it isn’t yet snow free. After connecting back to 24/7, drop down one of Bob’s Basin freeride trails to return to the trailhead.
If you’re looking to add a little mileage, accessing the Flying Dog trail via Glenwild is an excellent option. This route adds a little over 3 miles and features some added elevation change. To begin, park at the Glenwild/Blackhawk trailhead. Turn right onto the trail past the bridge. Once you’re on the Glenwild Loop trail, follow the trail until you see signs directing you to Flying Dog trail. After descending, there are a number of options for returning to the car, my personal favorite is Stealth.