Mileage: 3.7 | Elevation Gain: 286 ft
Grunt Factor: 4 | Technical: 3
A mellow climb paired with a manageable but fun descent. This ride is excellent for beginners or if you have limited time! (Note: intermediate riders will enjoy this ride as well thanks to being able to hit higher speeds and the long, wide turns!)
PorcUclimb and Downward Dog are both directional trails developed for adaptive riders coming up from the National Ability Center. They were purposely built and maintained to be wide enough for three and four wheel cycles. But their mellow grade and lack of technical features make them a great first ride for beginners who are just starting to hone their skills on a bike.
Beginning at the Round Valley Way parking lot (some locals call it North 40), you’ll head left and north up Matt’s Flat, a portion that happens to be a nice wide dirt road. The grade is easy here, making for a great warm up. Veer right at the first fork and left at the second. At mile 0.6, take a left onto Matt’s Flat singletrack, then right on Seventy 101, and continue for another 0.3 miles.
Start on PorcUclimb and ride for 0.8 miles. The trail will T-bone into Nowhere Elks. Stop here for a rest and enjoy the views of Park City Mountain and Deer Valley. Start up again at the T intersection by going right for 0.1 miles. Just before a steep doubletrack downhill, Nowhere Elks will appear as a quick left onto singletrack and then there’s a long sweeping right all the way to Downward Dog which will peel off to the right.
Rip Downward Dog all the way. This 1.6-mile trail is nice and mellow with little to no technical features but some nicely bermed corners and long lines of sight . The trail crosses Valderoad and the bottom of Nowhere Elks. At the bottom you will meet up with the Matt’s Flat dirt road. Head right here and pedal the last 0.1 miles to your car. Not too tired?
Now that you know how fast you can ride it, head back up for a second lap!
Directions & Parking
This being a short beginner ride, we elected to start it at the Round Valley Way parking lot on the southwest side of Round Valley to shorten it up a bit. To get here, you’ll need to head into Park Meadows on Monitor Drive from Kearns Boulevard. Take a right on Lucky John Drive. Go past the high school on your right and Lucky John Drive will soon become Meadows Drive. Turn right on Silver Cloud Drive and go all the way around the loop to Fairway Hill Court. The trailhead will be on your right.
3160 Round Valley Way Park City, UT 84060
Route / Trail List
Crutial Trails Intersections
- Matt’s Flat Road to Seventy 101 – in the first 0.4 miles of this ride you will encounter two From the parking lot, head away from the neighborhood and go northwest towards the open space. Before long you will see a wide dirt road. When you get to it, turn left and head up the gradual grade. The road will fork, and you want to take the right fork. In about a hundred yards, you will intersect another dirt road called Valderoad, where you will bear left and immediately look to pick up the singletrack on your left. At the next intersection, Matt’s Flat singletrack will connect you to Seventy 101, another dirt road. Go right here and in a couple hundred yards bear left at the intersection with Valderoad (again) and then look to pick up the singletrack on your right. Continue riding about a quarter mile to pick up PorcUclimb.
- PorcUclimb to Downward Dog – PorcUclimb will T-bone into a doubletrack at mile 1.8, which is the start of Nowhere Elks. Head right here but look for the singletrack on the left after another 0.1 miles (you can go straight here but the short descent is steep and rocky). The singletrack will bend around, and you will see Downward Dog forking off on your right after just over another 0.1 miles.
- Downward Dog to the car – at the end of the trail, cross Nowhere Elks and stay on Downward Dog until it dumps you onto the dirt road of Valderoad/Matt’s Go right and head up the road. Shortly after you will see singletrack on your left, which will lead you back to the trail head.