Summer Trails

Hiking & Biking Information

Snowbird’s extensive network of trails provides many opportunities for outdoor enjoyment. Whether walking or riding up from the Snowbird Center, among the wildflowers in Mineral Basin or down after an Aerial Tram ride to Hidden Peak, you’ll find the Wasatch Mountains to be a rewarding experience. The Big Mountain Trail has 8 miles of the most scenic mountain riding in Utah and can be accessed at the top of Hidden Peak by the Aerial Tram. Snowbird also offers 7 miles of cross-country trails on the lower mountain that do not require a Tram pass.

Snowbird Summer Trails

Observation Point Trail - OPEN

  • Use: Hiking
  • Distance: 0.5 miles; 50’ elev. gain to 8,150’
  • Start: Snowbird Center
  • Trail Rating: Green - Wheelchair and stroller accessible.
  • An easy half-mile, paved trail marked with nature interpretive signs. Ends at a deck with stunning down-canyon views of the Salt Lake Valley. 

Big Mountain Trail - OPEN

  • Use: MTB - Downhill ONLY after 11 a.m.
  • Requires a Tram-accessed biking ticket - $25 (or qualifying season pass)
  • Distance: 8 miles; 2,900’ decent from 11,000’ Hidden Peak
  • Trail Rating: Difficult Blue (strong intermediate and above)
  • An 8-mile downhill mountain biking trail starting at Hidden Peak and descending 2,900 vertical feet down to the Snowbird Center. Includes wide-open straightaways, tight forested turns, wooden bridges and scenic views from Gad Valley. Downhill biking only after 11 a.m. 
  • Mountain Bike Waiver - Required for Rentals and Tram accessed biking. Under 18 must have Parent or Guardian sign.

Blackjack Return - OPEN

  • Use: Hiking
  • Distance: 0.4 miles; 600’ elev. gain
  • Start: Bypass Road
  • Trail Rating: Black (expert and above)
  • A short, but strenuous 0.4-mile uphill climb. Starts from the Bypass Road and travels to the Blackjack Road to connect with the Peruvian Gulch Trail.

Chauner’s Loop - OPEN

  • Use: Hiking/MTB - Dual Direction
  • Distance: 1 mile; 218 elev. gain/loss
  • Start: Bass Highway Runout
  • Trail Rating: Blue
  • A great loop for intermediate mountain bikers. Approach the trail from the Creek Road going in a clockwise direction for an easier climb. 

Creek Road - OPEN

  • Use: Hiking/MTB - Dual Direction
  • Distance: 1 mile; 350’ elev. loss/gain
  • Start: Bypass Road, Snowbird Center or Gad Valley
  • Trail Rating: Green
  • An easy dirt road that traverses the lower mountain from the Bypass Road to the base of Baby Thunder Lift.

Dick Bass Highway - OPEN

  • Use: Hiking/MTB - Dual Direction
  • Distance: 1.3 miles; 520’ elev. gain to 8,645’
  • Start: Snowbird Center
  • Trail Rating: Blue
  • This moderate trail begins at the Snowbird Center and connects to Rothman Way.

Gad 2 Trail - OPEN (snow above mid-mountain)

  • Use: Hiking/MTB - Dual Direction
  • Distance: 2.75 miles; 1,700’ elev. gain to 9,800’
  • Start: Top of Wilbere Lift
  • Trail Rating: Blue to Black (strong intermediate and above)
  • Both hikers and bikers can use this trail, but it is very strenuous for uphill biking. Find the start of the trail above the Wilbere Lift and hike 2.75 miles to the top of Gad 2 Lift.

Little Mountain Trail - OPEN

  • Use: MTB
  • Distance: 0.2 miles; No elev. gain
  • Start: Snowbird Center
  • Trail Rating: Green
  • This easy and very short mountain biking practice loop is great for beginner bikers and kids. Access the loop in the wooded area to the right of the front entrance of the Snowbird Center.

Mid-Way/Baby Thunder/ Dean’s Delight - OPEN

  • Use: Hiking/MTB - Dual Direction
  • Distance: 3.7 miles; 550’ elev. gain to 8,450’
  • Start: Snowbird Center
  • Trail Rating: Blue
  • This 3.7-mile loop is great for both hikers and mountain bikers. The trail includes switchbacks, an aspen forest and river crossing with lots of shade.

Mineral Basin Trail - OPEN

  • Use: Hiking
  • Distance: 2.75 miles; 1,580’ elev. loss/gain 
  • Start: Hidden Peak 11,000' elev.
  • Trail Rating: Blue
  • Scenic trail from Hidden Peak into Mineral Basin. Accesses the Peruvian Tunnel, Peruvian Chairlift and also the Powder Paradise Trail. One way distance from Hidden Peak to the Mineral side of the Peruvian Tunnel is 0.9 miles.

Mt. Baldy Trail - OPEN

  • Use: Hiking
  • Distance: 1.5 miles; 400’ elev. gain to 11,052'
  • Start: Hidden Peak 11,000' elev.
  • Trail Rating: Double Black (strong expert and above)
  • This 1.5-mile trail is a strenuous hike along the ridge to the top of Mt. Baldy. Enjoy panoramic views looking down canyon to the Salt Lake Valley and back into Mineral Basin and Alta to the east. 400’ elev. gain to 11,052’. You can continue southeast to Sugarloaf Pass and Alta via a steep, exposed rocky ridge.

Peruvian Gulch Trail - OPEN

  • Use: Hiking/MTB - Dual Direction
  • Distance: 4 miles; 2,900’ elev. gain to 11,000’ 
  • Start: Snowbird Center
  • Trail Rating: Blue to Black (strong intermediate and above)
  • This is the primary hike from Hidden Peak or from the top of the Peruvian Chairlift to the Snowbird Center. The bottom half of the trail is hiking only and a very steep single track with switchbacks, taking you 1/3 of the way up the mountain. The upper section is a multi-use road that ends at the top of Hidden Peak. Both sections combined make it a 4-mile hike. 
  • For mountain bikers, or an easier hike, connect instead with Rothman Way and Dick Bass Highway to finish at the base. When ridden with a "fat bike" (available for rent), this trail is a fun way for less experienced riders to experience a descent from the top of the Tram.

Peruvian Ridge Trail - OPEN

  • Use: Hiking
  • Distance: 1.5 miles; 400’ elev. gain to 11,052'
  • Start: Mid-point of Peruvian Gulch Trail
  • Trail Rating: Black
  • The 1.25-mile trail, starting mid-mountain from the Peruvian Gulch Trail, is strenuous but worth the trek for the experienced hiker. Take the switchbacks through some wooded areas up to the start of the ridge. Hike along the ridge and enjoy the panoramic views in route to Hidden Peak.

Powder Paradise Trail - OPEN

  • Use: Hiking
  • Distance: 1.5 miles; 400’ elev. gain to 11,052'
  • Start: Mid-point of Peruvian Gulch Trail
  • Trail Rating: Black
  • A hiking only trail accessed from the Mineral Basin Trail. Great to combine in a loop returning up the Mineral Basin Road to Hidden Peak or access the Peruvian Tunnel to take the Peruvian Chairlift down on the other side. The trail is an excellent place to view and photograph wild owers in July and early August.

Rothman Way - OPEN

  • Use: Hiking/MTB - Dual Direction
  • Distance: 3.7 miles; 550’ elev. gain to 8,450’
  • Start: Top of Mid-Gad chair or mid-point of Peruvian Gulch Trail
  • Trail Rating: Blue
  • Connecting road between Gad Valley and Peruvian Gulch.

Sugarloaf Pass Road - OPEN

  • Use: Hiking
  • Distance: 1.6 miles; 1,200’ elev. loss; 600’ elev. gain
  • Start: Base of Mineral Basin chair
  • Trail Rating: Blue
  • This is a connection road from Mineral Basin to access Sugarloaf Pass and Alta.

Sunday Saddle Road - OPEN

  • Use: Hiking/MTB - Dual Direction
  • Distance: 2.2 miles; 500’ elev. loss/gain
  • Start: Hidden Peak
  • Trail Rating: Blue
  • This road is an out and back overlook starting from Hidden Peak to the Sunday Saddle which separates Mineral Basin from Mary Ellen Gulch with expansive views in all directions. 2.2 miles to make the round trip with 500 vertical feet lost and gained.

White Pine Trail - OPEN

  • Use: Hiking/MTB - Dual Direction
  • Distance: 2.2 miles; 500’ elev. loss/gain
  • Start: Gad Valley to Dean's Delight or Creek Road
  • Trail Rating: Blue
  • A pleasant hike or bike through wooded terrain ending at the White Pine and Red Pine trailheads down the canyon.

Trail Safety/Etiquette

  • Familiarize yourself with the trail system and select rides/hikes within your ability level.
  • Stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects. Share the trail and yield to others.
  • Respect all trail and road closures. Observe all posted signs and ride/hike only on designated trails.
  • Review weather conditions before you go. Be prepared with proper clothing and avoid ridge tops when lightning threatens.
  • Take plenty of drinking water and snacks with you. Do not drink from mountain streams or ponds.
  • Be sensitive to the environment and respectful of wildlife. Stay on trail and do not approach animals.

*Helmets are required. A waiver is required (parent/guardian must sign waiver for minors (under 18 years). All activities, lift openings, terrain access, and hours of operation are conditions permitting and may change at any time. Trail rules apply to all trails. Difficulty ratings are relative to Snowbird terrain only.