Wanship Trailhead, Union Pacific Rail Trail - Wanship, UT, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Chasing Blue Sky
N 40° 48.817 W 111° 24.182
12T E 466008 N 4518145
Quick Description: The Union Pacific Rail Trail is a 28 mile trail that follows an abandoned rail line between Park City and Echo Junction in Summit County. The Wanship Trailhead is near the middle of the trail, providing access from Wanship, Utah.
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 7/27/2013 10:57:30 AM
Waymark Code: WMHNF4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team RAGAR
Views: 1

Long Description:
The Wanship Trailhead is located just off the I-80 exit at Wanship, just northeast of the center of town. Parking and restroom facilities are available at this trailhead.

"The Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail is 28 miles (45 km) long, and averages 125 feet (38 m) wide. The trail stretches between Park City and Echo Reservoir, 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 5,280 feet (1,610 m) to 6,900 feet (2,100 m), and total acreage is 450 acres (1.8 km2). 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." (visit link)

"The Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park is a 28-mile, high-elevation trail that follows Interstate 80, from the charming streets of Park City through the smaller communities of Wanship and Coalville to Echo Reservoir. From a starting elevation of approximately 6,800 feet in Park City, you can cruise down the gentle 2% grade along Silver Creek for 14 miles through a narrow volcanic canyon. As the scenery transitions to wetlands and farms near Wanship and Silver Creek Canyon, a menagerie of wildlife—including fox, bald eagles, herons, moose, deer and beaver—often appears near the trail. The trail surface is primarily gravel, except for 3 miles from Park City north and a 0.5-mile section in Wanship. These asphalt sections are suitable for wheelchairs and in-line skaters.

After passing through the outskirts of Coalville, visitors will emerge at the bottom of Echo Reservoir, a Summit County water source and hotspot for recreational boating and fishing. Not only does the Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park showcase the environmental diversity of this area, it helps celebrate the region's rich history.

The rail-trail follows the route of a historical railroad line that transported coal and silver ore during the region's mining heyday in the 1860s. To help commemorate this heritage, Summit County's Restaurant Tax Grant Committee provided the Mountain Trails Foundation with funds to place 16 plaques along the trail. These markers highlight the early Mormon settlers and ill-fated Donner family wagon train, the trail's intersection with the once-influential Lincoln Highway and the excavation site of Ice Age mammoths, among other historical sites and events.

The pathway may be relatively new, yet recreation has been the name of the game in Park City for decades, and the Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail serves as a connector to several hundred miles of technical mountain bike trails, single-track paths requiring more skill that zigzag throughout the area.

Parking and access is available in Park City; along Silver Creek Drive (Exit 2 East off US 40); in Wanship; in Coalville and at Echo Reservoir." (visit link)

A nice article about the Union Pacific Rail Trail can be found at the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy website: (visit link)
Fee Required?: no

Parking Coordinates: N 40° 48.816 W 111° 24.198

Hours available?: From: 6:00 AM To: 10:00 PM

Trail Difficulty:

Length of trail (or shortest trail) in miles: 28

Length of longest trail in miles: 28

Is the trail groomed?: Not Listed

Months available (if other than when snow is availble): Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Visitors to this waymark must post a picture of the trail head. Photos of the trail are encouraged. If the trail has been used by the visitor, feedback on the condition of the trail and experience is strongly encouraged.
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