Difficulty: Beginner ◉
Length: 2.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Dog Friendly: Yes
Trailhead coordinates (copy + paste): 40.6784, -111.5250
Directions: Park in the lot across from the White Barn (McPolin Farm), as seen in the first photo below. Head straight up the rock stairs labeled Quarry Mountain Connector and follow the trail around to the right. Turn left at the first chance, where the trail heads uphill towards the trees. Around the 0.75 mile mark, trails will start to connect from every direction. Take the ones that go uphill (when in doubt, go left).
Short, steep and exposed, this trail is a great way to get a quick sweat in any time of the year. Quarry Mountain is unique in that the views from the trail are generally more scenic than the one from the top. Sitting right in the middle of town and dividing Old Ranch Road, Park Meadows and the farm area, Quarry Mountain is capped with a radio tower on a flat area surrounded by trees. It is worth walking around the back of the tower for a view spanning from Old Ranch Road to Trailside to Jeremy Ranch. On the way back down, take a break at the rock bench off the right side for views of PCMR and Deer Valley. Despite Quarry's central location, there's a good chance that you'll have the place all to yourself. Most of this trail bakes in the sun all day, so depending on the snowpack you may find the trail dry during the winter. When there's more snow on the ground, try to get out early before things start melting and getting slushy.