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Gorgoza Park Peak

(Jason Bergreen | The Salt Lake Tribune) Hiking trail at Gorgoza Park near Park City.

 

Most people have seen the winter tube slide track at Gorgoza Park in Parleys Canyon. Just east of the track, the park offers several trails for hiking and biking. My wife, Abby, and our lab, Captain, hit one of those muddy trails in May. We started the Gorgoza Park Trail near a pond and parking lot just south of Interstate 80. The trail winds east and west up the south side of a short hill. At the outset you will cross four short wooden bridges along a slim dirt-and-rock trail. There is not a lot of shade on this moderately steep trail as it snakes through a couple of stands of naked aspen groves. There are great views of Jeremy Ranch. The trail passes near tracts of large homes. One mile in, you will see a sign and briefly follow the “Up Trail.” As the trail widens, the “Up Trail” branches to the right. Continue up the wide trail and around a curve for about 100 yards where you will see a rocky outcrop at the top of the hill. Take in the scenery in all directions. Return the way you came. –

Getting there: From Salt Lake City, take Interstate 80 East into Parleys Canyon and get off at the Parleys Summit exit. Follow the frontage road, Kilby, east for 1. 7 miles until you see a pond and a parking lot on your right.

 

-- Jason Bergreen

Region: Summit County

Destination: Gorgoza Park Peak

Distance: 2.4 miles

Time: 80 minutes

Elevation Gain: 403 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: Yes

Biking: No

Difficulty: 1
 

 

First published 2011-05-29