The Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park is a recreational trail that follows abandoned railroad lines in Summit County, Utah, United States.Work out when and for how long to visit Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail and other Park City attractions using our handy Park City trip maker app.
The Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail is 28mi long, and averages 125ft wide. The trail stretches between Park City (beginning at 40.66°N/111.5013889°W) and Echo Reservoir (ending at 40.972041°N/111.437895°W), following Interstate 80 across Silver Creek Canyon, then going along the Weber River through the towns of Wanship and Coalville. Elevation along the trail varies from 5280ft to 6900ft, and total acreage is 450acre. The trail is designated to be used for only non-motorized activities, including biking, hiking, horseback riding, jogging, and Nordic skiing. The trail is managed by the Mountain Trails Foundation.
In 1871 the Summit County Railroad Company was organized. It constructed a five-mile (8 km) narrow gauge railway to transport coal from mines in Coalville to the Union Pacific line in Echo. In 1880, the Utah Eastern Railroad built a narrow-gauge line between Coalville and Park City to transport coal to fuel the pumps that removed underground water from Park City’s silver mines. At the same time, the Union Pacific Railroad constructed the Echo-Park City Railway, a broad-gauge spur line, alongside it.
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great trail for our rented mountain bikes. Beware, while the grade is not steep - being an abandoned rail line - it is constant so e-bikes are recommended more »
Being a rail trail means easy biking with no big hills to climb. But it also connects to other more strenuous trails (e.g. the Silver Quinn trail near Rt 40) that can add some more challenge and time.... more »
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