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Must-Do Summer Trails at Snowbasin Resort [Family Edition]

By Alyssa Erickson Fri Jun 12 2015 Dining & Entertainment, Summer Concert Series, Mt. Biking, Snowbasin Report

Okay parents, let’s be honest. We spend a lot of time doing what our kids want to do, and not nearly as much time doing what we want to do. But we’ve learned a secret: Our fun family days are more successful when we are doing something WE [mom and dad] are passionate about as well. Snowbasin Resort is the perfect venue for family fun in the summer time. They host trails perfect for hiking and mountain biking with your kids. After exploring these favorite trails enjoy a burger at Blues, Brews and BBQ, play on the new playground or enjoy a leisure game of disc golf at the base.

Here are our “must-do” family trails at Snowbasin Resort:

Mountain Biking Moose Loop All the fun starts right at the base, just minutes from where you park your car. Warm-up on easy bridges and single track right outside the Ski School building. Then move on to a fun and easy trail called Moose Loop [#14 on the Trail Map]. It starts from the lower parking lot at the base.

Mountain Biking Cirque Practice Loop If you are looking for a more challenging ride for your family or simply want a high alpine experience, take the family up the Needles Gondola and embark from there. Our kids love biking the Cirque Practice Loop. Not only is it beautiful, but they can challenge themselves by riding over rocks and around early summer snow fields without having to commit to long mileage. You can ride the Needles Trail all the way to the bottom, however, be prepared with food, water and extra time, especially if your young riders are along. Otherwise, just ride the Needles Gondola back to the base after lapping the Practice Loop.

Loading bikes on the Needles Gondola to ride the Cirque Practice Loop.
Loading bikes on the Needles Gondola to ride the Cirque Practice Loop.

Hiking the Cirque and Ridge Trail It has now become a family tradition for all three generations to make a yearly trek up Needles Gondola and up the Ridge Trail. This trail has amazing wild flowers and epic views on both side of Ogden Mountain. Although it is steep, it is just short enough that your little ones can make it to the top without a problem. Our dog, Kai loves joining us for this adventure! For more information on summer trails, rentals, and schedules, click here.

Heading up the Ridge Trail, and walking among wild flowers.
Heading up the Ridge Trail, and walking among wild flowers. Snowbasin is dog friendly as well!

Alyssa Erickson
I am a wife, mom, rock climber, skier, coffee lover and all around adventure lover with a passion for writing. I have my B.A. in English Literature from the University of Colorado and am the founder of KidProject.org. I live and play near the Wasatch Range, partnering with my husband and teaching my kids to make the most of life and the One who gave it to us.