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When Mid-Mountain meets the Royal Street Cafe, The Best Biking and Dining in Park City

6 August 2010 By: Casey No Comment | Editor's Picks, Restaurant Reviews

The sun was shining, the sky was blue, and the single track was whispering my name this morning begging me to swing through the trees while flying high upon my newly cleaned bike. With camel back, spare tube, and helmet in hand, I flew out my door this morning and met my father at the Town Lift. Today was going to be a good day!

The Town Lift is located 1/2 mile from my house, so it took me less than 3 minutes to get there from my garage. With a quick on-the-go high five, I met my dad and flashed my PCMR pass to the lifty. He quickly loaded our bikes onto the lift behind us and away we went. The views of Park City this morning from the Town Lift were awe inspiring.

The mountains and trees are so green from the afternoon thunderstorms we’ve been getting all week. The same thunderstorms that are slightly dampening the trails keeping the normal mid-summer dust to a minimum. I swear if the Wasatch Mountains were considered Oz, Park City would be the Emerald City.

By the time we got off the lift, it was 76 degrees out with a slight breeze coming from the south. Perfect weather  for a summer ride at 8,000 ft. We clicked into our bikes and rode up to catch the Mid-Mountain trail which led us up and over Park City Mountain Resort and through the aspen trees of Deer Valley. The Mid-Mountain trail runs the entire length of Park City, stretching from The Canyons, running through Park City Mountain Resort, and ending at Deer Valley. It’s a perfect trail for the intermediate mountain biker looking for both climbing and epic downhill sections. The trail runs through incredible trees, mountain meadows, and will blow your mind with the views overlooking one of the coolest mountain towns in the country. God I love Park City!

Meanwhile, by the time that we got over to the Deer Valley side of Mid-Mountain, we were famished. I ran out of my house so quickly this morning that I spaced eating breakfast and I was seriously craving lunch! Fortunately for us, the mid-mountain trail spits you out at the bottom of the Silver Lake chair lift and the incredible Royal Street Cafe.

Deer Valley’s Royal Street Cafe offers award-winning cuisine and a remarkable scenic outdoor deck. We quickly made our way over to the outdoor host stand and grabbed a table for two. I put in an order for the Wild Salmon Pizzette and my dad order his usual favorite, the Deer Valley B.L.T. Our food came out quickly and without hesitation, we both dove into our lunch. All I have to say is WOW, Deer Valley is true to it’s reputation for having truly outstanding food! My pizza was fabulously decked out with generous portions of smoked salmon, carmelized onions, garden tomatoes, and a few different cheeses. I devoured the entire pizza without a second thought. My dad’s BLT was equally mouth-watering with sliced turkey breast, cherry chutney, maple peppered bacon, cucumbers, swiss cheese, dijon-tarragon mayo, RSC shoestring fries (which I nibbled on when he wasn’t looking) served on grilled sourdough bread. Yum Yum Yum!

After lunch, we actually still had enough room for dessert and indulged in some of Deer Valley’s fabulous mini-chocolate chip ice-cream sandwiches which were served with warmed chocolate fudge for dipping. And yes, we ate it all. By the time we were done spoiling ourselves, it was time to get back on the bikes and climb up to the top of the Deer Crest trail, while slowing digesting all the tasty food we just enjoyed. Most bikers generally end their riding at the Silver Lake Lodge, but extending the ride and connecting with the Deer Crest trail, which dumps you out at the bottom of Deer Valley Resort, is a far better way to end the perfect day. The Deer Crest trail is mind-blowing fun, fast, and smooth with a few technical areas that can hurt if you get going to fast. But damn is it a fun ride! We ended up at the bottom of Deer Valley Resort each with a huge grin, some dirt on our clothes, and very full stomachs.

Seriously, today was a perfect day to go down in the Park City book of awesome experiences. If you haven’t yet had a chance to ride the Mid-Mountain trail, make sure you make time to hit it up this summer. And while you’re riding, don’t forget to stop and check out one of Park City’s best restaurants, Deer Valley’s Royal Street Cafe.

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