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Hitting the ol’ dusty trail

Alisha Self, Of the Record staff

Beverly Gray leads Max, the Arabian she rode in an international competition in Malaysia last month. (Photo courtesy of Vicki Gaebe)

April showers seem to be working overtime this year, but that hasn’t stopped local biking enthusiasts from testing out the turf on their favorite trails.

Carol Potter, who helms the Mountain Trails Foundation, says that it won’t take long for trails to recover from the recent rainstorms. "Within a day or so of sunshine, we’ll be back out there. It’ll dry out fast," she says.

To celebrate the beginning of the summer season, Mountain Trails and other local organizations are sponsoring Bike Week in Park City from May 10 through 16. On Wednesday, May 13, Bootworks/Bikeworks in the Park City Mountain Resort Plaza will host a road bike safety seminar at 6 p.m. The training class will be conducted by Patrick Putt, a certified bicycle instructor and competitor on Team Cole Sport Racing.

The class will include a primer on how to fix a flat on the road, the rules of the road in Utah, safety tips for riding in a group, and how to get through an intersection safely. The class is geared toward an entire spectrum of riders – from people who are just starting out to seasoned road bikers, says Putt.

"The whole idea is to give people a toolbox of knowledge so that they’re comfortable riding on Park City and Summit County roads," he says. The class is open to the public and all are welcome.

Following the safety seminar, Kevin Holiday, the primary mechanic at Bikeworks, will present a tune-up clinic from 7 to 8 p.m.

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The cyclist-friendly festivities continue on Friday, which has been designated as Bike to Work Day. Basin Recreation and the Park City Chamber/Bureau invite all bicycle commuters to stop in for a free continental breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. at either the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse or the The Yarrow.

On Friday evening, anyone with a cruiser bike is invited to meet at 5:30 p.m. at Cole Sport for a community ride that will end around 6:30 at Squatters Roadhouse Grill. The route is yet to be determined, but may include a tour of areas where the city plans to make improvements benefiting cyclists.

Bike Week culminates on the weekend with two bike swaps. The Youth Riders Bike Swap, in conjunction with White Pine Touring, will be held Saturday, May 16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drop-offs will be accepted Thursday and Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. at The Yard, 1251 Kearns Blvd. For more information, call 659-1188 or visit http://www.youngriders.com.

Cole Sport will also sponsor a bike swap Saturday and Sunday at its location at 1615 Park Avenue. Bike drop-off begins Friday, May 15, and bikes or payments may be picked up Sunday after 2 p.m. Bikes that are not sold or reclaimed will be donated to a local charity organization. All of the proceeds from the swap will go to the Mountain Trails Foundation. For more information, call 649-4806.

Spring trail conditions:

For those eager to hit the trails, Mountain Trails and Basin Recreation report the following conditions as of May 1:

  • The Rail Trail from Richardson Flats to Echo has been graded with the new ToolCat. "It’s perfect for hiking and biking, not yet for equestrians," says Potter.
  • All hard surface and urban soft surface trails, such as the East 224 Connector trails, Willow Creek trails, McLeod Creek Trail, Millennium Trail and Three Mile Canyon Trail are ready to ride.
  • The Glenwild Loop and all trails located on the front side of Glenwild are open for use. Cobblestone is still muddy and will remain closed until conditions permit.
  • The 24-7 trail from East Canyon to the Red Hawk Road is dry and open for use. The section of 24-7 from the Red Hawk Road south to the Fink Again will remain closed until further notice.
  • The front side of the Flying Dog, accessed from 24-7 out of East Canyon, is dry and open for use. Hard closure is in place once users crest the backside of the trail. There is still snow on the northern-facing slopes. The Preserve Connector is open for use from 24-7 to the road, but trail sections beyond the road remain closed.
  • South Canyon Trail is dry, but horse traffic has made this trail virtually unusable to mountain bikes. The district trail crew hopes to drag the trail later next week to smooth out the tread surface. This is a great early-season loop if one utilizes the Rail Trail back to the parking area.
  • Most trails in Round Valley are dry and available for use. Users are asked to avoid saturated and muddy areas.
  • Most trails in Bob’s Basin are dry and ready for use. The best way to access Bob’s Basin is from from Stealth Trail in Glenwild or Jailbreak Trail located off of Sackett Drive in Jeremy Ranch. The bridge behind Jeremy Ranch Elementary remains blocked and there is no access. The district is currently working to permit a new crossing and hopes to have something in place by mid-summer.

    Mountain Trails requests that riders help preserve summer tread by staying off the trails when conditions are wet and muddy. For questions about trails, please email sbeyer@basinrecreation.org or bradke@basinrecreation.org . For more information and the latest updates, visit http://www.basinrecreation.org or http://www.mountaintrails.org.