Overview

This trail climbs into the hills above Kimball Junction to form an 8.5-mile lollipop loop around the Glenwild Golf Course and gated community. A variety of scenery is encountered along the way, including open sagebrush fields, groves of oak trees and incredible vistas of the Park City area.

Access to the loop requires riding a short section of the Stealth Trail starting from the Spring Creek Trailhead. For hiking, this trail is suitable for most children and adults in good physical condition. Mountain bikers can expect intermediate technical difficulties including loose rocks, steep slopes, rocky sections, and fast flowing descents.

Trailhead

This trail is accessed from the Spring Creek Trailhead on Glenwild Drive in Park City. To reach the trailhead from I-80 in Summit County:

  1. Take Exit 145 for Kimball Junction/224 South.
  2. Turn north onto Highway 224 and continue 100 yards to a ‘T’ junction with Rasmussen Road.
  3. Turn right onto Rasmussen Road and continue 0.4 miles to Glenwild Drive.
  4. Turn left onto Glenwild Drive and continue 0.2 miles to the Spring Creek Trailhead on the left.

The Route

From the parking area, begin hiking or riding north toward the bridge over Kimball Creek. Just beyond the bridge, a junction is encountered for the Stealth Trail. Turn right onto the Stealth Trail and cross Glenwild Drive. Keep following the Stealth Trail as it begins climbing steadily up the mountain offering some great views of Kimball Creek below. Continue for 1.3 miles, as the trail picks up more than 300 feet of elevation change before arriving at the junction with the Glenwild Loop Trail. From here the loop can be travelled in either direction, however mountain bikers will have a more enjoyable ride turning left and riding it clockwise.

Turn left onto the Glenwild Trail and begin heading west. Just past the junction, the trail crosses back over Glenwild Drive and continues through open space filled with sagebrush and grasses, offering spectacular views of the Park City area. For the next 1.1 miles, the trail contours the hillside, trending mostly uphill. Soon the trail turns north and begins to climb more steeply before arriving at another junction with the west end of the Stealth Trail. Cross the gravel doubletrack, stay right, and continue on the Glenwild Loop.

Continue climbing on the Glenwild Loop Trail as it switchbacks through scrub oaks before the trail crosses another road and arrives at the high point of the loop on a hilltop. It’s worth stopping for a moment to take in the incredible views before continuing on.

From the hilltop, keep following the trail as it begins descending through an oak forest. This downhill section of the trail is a mostly smooth romp through the oaks with some tight switchbacks and a few rocky sections thrown in for good measure. Soon the trail crosses Red Fox Drive and continues on through a slightly downhill, open section.

Continue on as the trail passes through a meadow. If you’re there in the late spring or early summer, you may be treated to an incredible display of wildflowers in this section. After approximately 5.3 miles from the trailhead, the trail reaches the east end of the meadow and turns south. Continue through another road crossing and keep heading south, and then west through the sagebrush covered hills as you gain some altitude to get over the last hump separating you from where you started.

Keep following the trail to the junction with the east end of The Stealth Trail, approximately 7.2 miles into the ride. This completes the Glenwild Loop section of the route. From here, turn left onto The Stealth Trail for a fast, downhill trip back to the Spring Creek Trailhead to complete the 8.5-mile route.

Rules & Regulations

  • Stay on designated trails.
  • Clean up after pets.
  • Pack out all trash.

Special Considerations

Mountain biking can be a dangerous activity. Ensure your equipment is properly maintained and appropriate for the terrain. Be sure to wear appropriate safety gear including a helmet.

Credits

This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.