Lost Prospector Boulevard
This trail is affectionately known by the locals as “Lost Prospector Boulevard” for good reason. Given the accessibility, it’s is one of the most trafficked trails in the area. On weekends, we recommend avoiding riding Lost Prospector altogether. With that said, it is a fun little trail with great views of Old Town, as well as can be combined with other trails in the vicinity making for a solid loop beginning and ending close-to-town.
Getting to Lost Prospector
There are several trail branches making for many different access points. We recommend parking in one of the empty spaces (offstreet) along Aerie Drive. For overflow parking, park in City Park across the street from Aerie Drive.
Lost Prospector Ride Options
Lost Prospector can be ridden as an out-and-back, for a total of 6 miles of singletrack, as well as a loop returning via the Rail Trail which requires splitting your ride between dirt and pavement. The latter is the recommended route for beginners looking to get their feet wet in the Park City Mountain Biking scene.
Additionally, this ride can be combined with several other trails in the area to make for endless miles of fun. One of our favorite routes is to park at the Lost Prospector Trailhead, and start the ride by climbing Gambel Oak (east), drop over on the Solamere Connector Trail, head through the Deer Crest gate on Queen Esther Drive, climb and descend Snowtop, connect to Two-Fingers trail (south) connect to Lost Prospector and finish at your car for a total of 11 miles and 1,600 vertical feet.
For detailed ride and route info, view this ride on Strava.
When to ride Lost Prospector
The trail is typically ready to ride by mid-May as well is is relatively sheltered and north facing making it ridable even during the warmer summer months. As mentioned above, this is a high-traffic trail and should be avoided during popular trail-use times such as weekends and evenings. Hit this trail right in the fall, and you’ll be treated to a fiery red glow as the Gambel Oak’s prepare to shed their leaves for the winter.
Lost Prospector Trail Conditions
Feel free to leave a comment if you’ve ridden the trail lately or have recent trail beta.
Given it’s proximity to town, there’s an array of post-ride options. The closest is Sammy’s Bistro & Windy Ridge. If you happen to be riding on a Tuesday, be sure to stop by either establishment for Taco Tuesday.
[…] Lost Prospector Trail – Located just north and east of town this trail too has a couple access points. I think the easiest is to go up Aerie Drive to the small parking lot on the right hand side. Park there and cross the street, it should be pretty easy to see Lost Prospector Trail sign. This can be done as numerous loops or as a nice out and back. Again depending on fitness level etc. […]
[…] Lost Prospector Trail Accessible from the north side of Aerie Drive—close to Park City Main Street—Lost Prospector Trail is an easy hike on a very slight incline. Hikers will find beautiful vista views of the Main Street area, where Historic Park City homes offer unique color combinations to complement the picturesque spectrum of fall foliage. […]