This year’s annual girls weekend destination was Park City, Utah, and we had a fabulous time hanging out in the little ski town! Everyone I talked to about the trip beforehand kept saying “Oh, it’s a shame you’re not going during ski season!” But afterwards, I realized summer was the perfect time to visit! We went stand-up paddleboarding, walked around the Main Street and shopped, and ate almost every meal outside on a little patio. Perfection! One of my favorite parts, though, was hiking.
We rode the chairlift (yep, the same ones used for skiers!) from the center of town up the top of a few trails. The ride itself was gorgeous, with plenty of opportunities for great photos. We chatted and enjoyed the ride, even when it got a bit chilly as we gained elevation.
After we got off the chair lift at the top, we were able to walk around the remains of a mining camp. There were buildings for workers to stay in, and others that served various mining purposes.
Then we hiked across the mountain for about 40 minutes, jumping out of the way quickly for passing mountain bikers. The trails were narrow, and we had to watch where we stepped to avoid tripping over roots and stumps, but really that’s what good hiking is, you know? It was sunny but cool, and such a refreshing walk. (But, a word of caution: wear your sunscreen! There was not a cloud in the sky, and the sun is especially intense at 7,000+ feet elevation!)
Eventually we turned around and hiked another 40 minutes back to the chairlift, then rode it back down into town to grab lunch. The ride was even more relaxing after you’ve been hiking for an hour and half!
If you’re planning to visit Park City, Utah in the summer, hiking definitely needs to be part of your agenda. Pack some sturdy shoes and your sunscreen, and enjoy the views!