Put your bicycle touring skills to the test on this four-day, advanced-level bicycle tour in the Uinta National Forest, Utah!
- Tour Dates: August 26 – 29, 2022
- Start/End Location: Park City, Utah
- Tour Destinations: The Uinta National Forest, the Mirror Lake Highway, Park City, Utah and Evanston, Wyoming.
Here’s The Plan:
Friday, August 26: We’ll meet in Park City, Utah around noon, prepare our bicycles and then take off on a 38-mile bike ride from old town Park City to the scenic shores of the Echo Reservoir in the nearby town of Coalville. Along the way we’ll pass through the farming towns of Kamas, Oakley and Wanship and cycle through Rockport State Park before ultimately making it to our campground for the night. We will be cycling slowly on this first day, traveling at a pace that everyone can enjoy and making multiple stops along the way.
Saturday, August 27: After a good night’s rest in our tents, we’ll eat a quick breakfast, pack up our bicycles and then cycle 49 miles up a long, gradual hill to the nearby city of Evanston, Wyoming, where we’ll spend our second night on the road camping in our tents at Bear River State Park. Once in Evanston, we’ll refill our food and water supplies and prepare ourselves for the last two days of the bike tour – cycling through the scenic Uinta National Forest.
Sunday, August 28: On the third day of the tour, we’ll leave the city of Evanston and begin a long, slow, gradual climb into the Uinta National Forest along the world-famous Mirror Lake Highway. Here you’ll see the scenery change from open farmland to mountains covered in aspen and pine trees… with dozens of small lakes and ponds along the way. This is the longest day of the tour, at 53 total miles. Towards the end of the day we’ll cycle past Mirror Lake, take out photo at the Utah 150 scenic overlook and then make our way to the Lily Lake Campground, which is where we will spend the night. This is a super special campground, sandwiched between two different lakes, so make sure you save some energy to walk around and explore after a long day of cycling.
Monday, August 29: Finally, on the last day of the Uinta National Forest Bike Tour, after packing up our bicycles, we’ll begin the long, gradual, downhill bike ride out of the Uinta National Forest. There is only one major climb on this particular day, so be sure to enjoy this scenic, downhill section of the tour – a total distance of approximately 41 miles. After passing through the city of Kamas, we’ll make out way back to nearby Park City, Utah and finish the tour exactly where we started!
Total Tour Distance: 181 miles (an average of 45 miles per day)
- Day 1: 38 miles
- Day 2: 49 miles
- Day 3: 53 miles
- Day 4: 41 miles
This is not a bike tour for total beginners. This tour is for intermediate to advanced cyclists. If you are new to bicycle touring, that’s fine! This bike tour will be a good challenge for you. But you need to be a somewhat experienced cyclist, as there are several medium to difficult climbs and one large mountain pass to conquer along this route.
Come prepared for four solid days of cycling and three nights of camping. You will need to carry all of your own food, water and gear on your bicycle as you ride. There is no support vehicle on this tour.
- Four days of cycling
- Campground fees
- A commemorative “Bicycle Touring Pro” beanie (to keep your head warm at the campsite)
- Professional tour leadership from Darren Alff, the Bicycle Touring Pro
The cost to participate is $595 USD per person. You are responsible for getting to the tour’s starting location in Park City, Utah and you must bring your own bicycle, helmet, clothing, camping equipment, food, water, toiletries, and anything else that you wish to bring.
If you have any questions about participating in this tour, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m happy to answer any questions that you might have.
I look forward to meeting you and I can’t wait to cycle with you on the four-day Uinta National Forest bicycle tour!