The Lost Prospector Trail traverses across Masonic Hill located just east of Main Street. The trail stays at a fairly consistent elevation as it winds in and out of thick aspen, pine, and gamble oak groves that provide abundant shade, making this an ideal hike any time of the day.
What to Expect – From Prospector Park follow the paved path through the park east until it connects to the paved Rail Trail and then heads left. Be sure to watch for wildlife in the wetlands along the trail. Follow the paved path for .7 mile, just before crossing the first bridge, there will be a single-track path on the right side marked Skid Row. This section is a series of switchbacks that climb for .8 mile to the intersection of Lost Prospector where you will take a right. From this point, the trail stays at a fairly consistent elevation as it traverses along the contours Masonic Hillside. After a ½ mile, you will come to an intersection with S.O.S. continue straight here. The S.O.S trail will take you back to Prospector Park, but it is a steep and tricky descent. Continuing on the trail you will pass a couple of smaller intersections along the route with Gamble Oak and Hangtime. At mile 4 the trail makes a long-left bend where it opens up to amazing views of Park City Mountain, Deer Valley Resort, and Historic Main Street. From this point, it is .5 mile to the end of the trail where it intersects with Aerie Drive. Just before reaching the road, you will come to an intersection with the Free Mason on your right. A loop option from this point would be to take the Free Mason (2-miles) and then connect to the Rail Trail where it would be 2 miles back to Prospector Park. I prefer to do this as an out and back because the views are amazing in both directions, it is very shaded and the loop involves 2- miles on the paved path.