Introducing Park City's newest delight for tricky trickster mountain bikers: The Trailside Terrain Park. Trailside Park is located about a mile south of I-80 and a mile west of US-40 near Silver Creek Junction. There's a one-mile, well-groomed singletrack loop. But the main reason to come here is the Skills Park, located on top of the ridge at the southern end of the loop.
You can start your adventure here, where you get to tackle stuff like this:
When I drove up to the location, all I could see were tiny mountain bike helmets bobbing and weaving down the windy dirt path. I quickly realized those were kids on the intermediate loop, rolling their bikes up and down the trail.
As I looked farther into the distance, I saw my friends (the hard core mountain bikers) tackling the steeper track and jumping from bump to bump.
I wish I had a disclaimer that read: This ride is more difficult than it appears on camera. But the truth is, I learned plenty about the course from four-year-old Bridger, who led the way.
Ah, the bravery of youth. (Or is it naivety?) Either way, the Terrain Park is a great way to improve your mountain biking skills. There is a skate park next door, big open grassy areas for a picnic, and specular summer evenings that make for a perfect family night.
I was sad to say goodbye to this place. Can't wait to get back.