Difficulty: Moderate ◼︎
Length: 8.1 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 1,290 feet
Dog Friendly: Yes
Trailhead coordinates (copy + paste): 40.7599, -111.5549
Directions: The trailhead is located on Daybreaker Drive at the top of Jeremy Ranch. Park along the side of the road below the trailhead, between the signs. This is a residential area, so be sure to park respectfully and only where allowed. Following the obvious trailhead up from the road, you will meet a more packed-down trail after 0.4 miles. Take a left here, and another 0.2 miles will bring you to a fork—take a right at this fork towards Preserve Connector. One large switchback leads to another fork, where you will take another right onto the Preserve Connector trail. The next 2 miles involves a few simple street crossings before the trail arrives at one last fork, where you will take a left uphill onto Flying Dog. From here, the loop is easy to follow all the way back to the car.
A trail loved by hikers and bikers alike, this loop makes for a great early season hike. The trail climbs at a gentle grade as it winds its way above Jeremy Ranch, around The Preserve, and through a quiet, undeveloped canyon before opening back up onto the hillside that looms behind Jeremy. The South-facing switchbacks that ascend the hill enjoy panoramic views of the entire Park City ridgeline in the distance, and are lined with wildflowers in the spring. After heading East for a short while, the trail enters The Preserve, where it crosses the road three times. Each time the path picks up again directly across the street, so it's easy to stay on course. After passing through an aspen grove, the trail continues to climb up to its highpoint on a ridge, where a bench provides a nice place to rest mid-journey. Just beyond the bench the trail leads into a peaceful canyon home to a variety of wildlife including deer, moose, and mountain lions. Keep an eye out for flat tailed friends when passing by the beaver ponds, and keep an ear open for two-wheeled friends—this trail is popular with mountain bikers.