8.5 miles
2,886 ft
-12 ft
2 miles
High Point

Ride that extends from the PCMR parking lot up Armstrong, Mid-mountain and Pinecone trails. Great single track alpine riding.

Detailed Description
Armstrong to Mid-Mountina to Top of Pinecone is a 8 mile popular intermediate route located near Park City Utah. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 4 trails. This route climbs 2,886 ft with a max elevation of 9,817 ft then descends -12 ft.
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27 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
maelon (Sep 13, 2022 at 4:40)
Trail Spiro
Connects Mid Mountain to bottom of Silver Star restaurant, rest rooms. Good exit point to end ride from Silver Lake Lodge via Mid Mountain trail.
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slambiase (Jun 18, 2022 at 14:52)
Made it to a little over 9100ft before hitting some mud and snow Sunday
  • + 1
mranzin (Aug 30, 2021 at 18:18)
I usually keep my timber bell on during the climb to alert the shuttle bros before they skid into me. It’s good both ways, but if you bash into someone on your descent, that’s on you, because it’s super popular both ways. Also, it’s nowhere near as sketchy as the also bidirectional Spiro.
  • + 0
EMG1992 (Aug 18, 2021 at 15:52)
Trail Armstrong
Great way to access Mid-Mountain. Beautiful climb
  • + 2
Henke14 (Jul 13, 2021 at 19:53)
So torn here. Beautiful up and down. However, this is a collision accident waiting to happen. Almost had to bail off my bike on the way up as a DH rider was going too fast to stop around a blind curve. Given the proximity of Armstrong and the crest access, something badly needs to be done here. Designated up days? Alternating days? Another up only trail to connect from Armstrong? Again, can't recommend because it was dangerous beyond what is necessary but it was a beautiful trail for sure. Sad.
  • - 1
atfarley (Jun 17, 2021 at 11:29)
Trail Spiro
I have no clue how it has four stars. It just really isn't that good.
  • - 3
Deez54 (Apr 28, 2021 at 9:38)
Trail Spiro
Better than Pinecone. Can't change my mind.
  • - 1
ERM1234 (Sep 13, 2020 at 20:57)
Trail Spiro
Absolutely beautiful. Beyond that very rough top to bottom.
  • + 1
altaskier13 (Jul 30, 2020 at 13:59)
Rode today then across the crest. Beautiful, nice and cool in the shade.
  • + 0
cdeutsch (Jul 14, 2020 at 6:16)
Trail Armstrong
These reviews must be based on age of the reviewer...I’m 74 and it’s a HARD slog for me!
  • + 1
JacquiShort (Jun 4, 2020 at 21:22)
Trail Armstrong
This is an awesome trail with stunning views. Uphill but mellow grade and nothing technical.
  • + 0
NoGr1018 (Jun 1, 2020 at 14:10)
Trail Mid Mountain
As of today, there were 7 dead aspens blocking the trail going east towards CMG. none of them were rideable, so had to shoulder the bike and climb over. Hoping someone with more lumberjack experience than I do can get out there soon and remove them.
  • + 0
Gravityclown (May 31, 2020 at 21:21)
Clear up to 8800 feet then fallen trees mud and eventually some snow pack. Turned around at 8900 feet.
  • + 4
hi-dr-nick Reporter (Sep 23, 2019 at 20:20)
Trail Spiro
You can technically go up it, but just don’t. Nobody does except lost people on rental bikes. Armstrong is uphill only and goes to the same area.
  • + 1
CBizek (Aug 24, 2019 at 17:11)
Trail Armstrong
This is a good challenging uphill without being overly brutal. Great way to access many other trails and it is nice that its shaded most of the way.
  • + 8
sgoldfield (Aug 6, 2019 at 12:04)
It's only a sketchy climb if you are riding out of control downhill. Armstrong to Pinecone is a fantastic beautiful and shaded way to climb to the top of the crest. It is also one of my personal favorite downhills, but it is a two-way trail and should be ridden as such. There are plenty of places on it with good sight lines that you can open it up as long as you are careful when it gets tighter lower down. Everyone can safely enjoy this trail both up and down.
  • + 1
jdpierce (Jul 10, 2019 at 19:08)
Trail Armstrong
As straight up climbs go, this one is as nice as you’ll find. The grade isn’t bad and mostly shade, but if you’re coming from sea level, you’re probably going to sucking air all the way up. Stay hydrated too.
  • + 1
hi-dr-nick Reporter (Jul 8, 2019 at 9:47)
Trail Armstrong
Wouldn’t call a slog, it’s pretty gradual and smooth. Easy climbing.
  • - 2
hi-dr-nick Reporter (Jun 13, 2019 at 19:11)
For god sakes people only climb this if it’s early season and other routes to the crest aren’t open yet. It’s such a high speed descent that it’s really sketch to climb.
  • + 1
ofresh (Jun 5, 2019 at 16:47)
Trail Armstrong
One of the nicest climbing trails in the Wasatch.
  • + 1
jharris7334 (Sep 2, 2018 at 19:59)
Trail Spiro
I know this trail is very popular, but I did it a couple of days ago and it was not very fun. It was a serious washboard. Even the berms. Kind of disappointed. Hopefully it gets some TLC.
  • - 2
Boomingsooner (Jul 13, 2018 at 22:59)
Trail Armstrong
It is an uphill slog. Not for the faint of heart.
  • + 0
skoch (Jul 6, 2018 at 9:11)
Trail Mid Mountain
Do g
  • + 1
thesquid (Sep 3, 2017 at 0:31)
Awesome high elevation climb and descent. One of the best in Northern Utah.
  • + 2
thesquid (Sep 2, 2017 at 23:53)
Trail Spiro
It's one the classic Park City trails, everyone's ridden it. But for a 1500 foot descent it's pretty boring. Buff, straight, not much in the way of natural or man made features or flow. You're still going to end up on it.
  • + 2
Fast44 (Jul 19, 2017 at 18:50)
Fantastic climb to Wasatch Crest. Rides beautifully in either direction. Mostly climbs in stands of aspen trees, then higher up, pines. Nicely shaded and protects from wind. Comes out right at the top of Puke Hill, which is the brief, painful sun exposed fireroad access traditionally used by Wasatch Crest shuttlers riding north from Guardsmans Pass. From town via Armstrongs/ Pinecone ridge is just over 2900ft climb. Felt like less.
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Trails in Route

Spiro495 ft
Armstrong3 miles
Mid Mountain3,114 ft
Pinecone Ridge4 miles


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More Stats for Armstrong to Mid-Mountina to Top of Pinecone mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    6,937 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,942 ft
  • Altitude end
    9,816 ft
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  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    968 ft
  • Distance flat
    577 ft
Avg: 2 (1 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Oct 19, 2022 @ 2:26am
Oct 19, 2022
Dry and fast, but brake rutted due to a summers use. Still great fun
Pinecone Ridge
Oct 19, 2022 @ 2:19am
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Oct 7, 2022 @ 10:31am
Oct 7, 2022
Mid Mountain
Oct 5, 2022 @ 2:49am
Oct 5, 2022
Great climb and descent, nicely graded
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