Snowtop Trail is a Lower Deer Valley Local’s Favorite
Snowtop Park City mountain biking trail is a local favorite. Though it’s not particularly long or challenging, it’s a fast ride and a great option for linking up with other nearby trails. The trail features great views of the Lower Deer Valley area and has a super fun, be it short, descent down the backside. Aside from one or two steep-ish switchbacks on the way up, Snowtop is a great trail for beginner mountain bikers in Park City. The trail is a good choice if you’re looking to sneak a ride in during lunch, as well as makes a great connector trail for putting together a longer ride.
Getting to Snowtop Mountain Bike Trail
The Snowtop trail starts at the Deer Crest gatehouse. The best way to access the trailhead is to park in the lower Deer Valley lot at the Snowpark Lodge. From there, exit the lot and ride north (away from the lodge) on Deer Valley Drive and turn right onto Queen Esther Drive. You’ll come to the lower Deer Crest gate on your right, the access trail will be just to the left of the gate. From here follow the switchbacks up and stay to the right at any intersections. You’ll wrap around near the gatehouse where Snowtop trail begins. There will be a marker at the foot of the climb. From here, follow the switchbacks up before descending down the backside of Snowtop. The descent will finish onto Hidden Hollow Lane. From there find the return trail to your left. This a Solamere connector trail and will return where you began.
When to Ride Snowtop
Contrary to it’s name, Snowtop is one of the first Lower Deer Valley mountain bike trails to dry out for the season. Typically, the trail is ready to ride by the middle of May. It’s a great early and late season ride, however, the majority of the climbing is southwest facing, so it’s best to avoid mid-day riding during hotter weather. Snowtop generally sees less traffic than other trails, so it’s also a great weekend ride.
Snowtop Trail Conditions
For up-to-date trail conditions, visit the Mountain Trails Foundations Conditions Map. Feel free to leave a comment if you’ve ridden the trail lately or have more recent trail beta.
Snowtop Apres Bike
Post-ride, spin over to the nearby Deer Valley Grocery Cafe on Deer Valley Drive and enjoy your post ride drink/snack on one of the best patios in Park City
View Snowtop elevation profiles along with complete ride stats on Strava.
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