16.5 miles
1,750 ft
-1,757 ft
2 miles
High Point
This route is archived

The 12 Hours of Penitence features a 17-mile lap that gains 2,000ft in elevation per lap. Nearly 80% of the course is intermediate/advanced desert single-track riding There is a short hike-a-bike section if you choose to ride the Joker Lap through Penitente Canyon.

-Solo riders will achieve as many laps as they can within the 12 hour time limit.

-Duo and Trio Team riders will ride the course as a relay, having only one team member on the course at any given time. Once one team member finishes a lap, the next team member will start a lap. Slap bracelets will be used as batons.

-NEW DETAIL! The final lap, by all teams and solos, will have to start by 5:00pm. Bike lights are required for all riders starting their last lap after 4:00pm – NO EXCEPTIONS!

**Please note, we have eliminated the aid station near mile 7 on Sidewinder Road. There will be a course marshal stationed at that location but no food, drink, or supplies. The aid station near mile 11 at Witches Canyon will have food, drink, and some basic supplies. All Marshal points will have radios or cell phones able to contact race HQ in case of emergency.

Joker Lap Mechanics
-All solo racers and at least one rider from each team must complete a minimum of one Joker Lap through Penitente Canyon to be considered for podiums.

-All racers will be issued a Joker Lap sticker at the start of their lap (remember to get yours from the timing area before starting a lap). These are zip tied to the handlebar of the racer’s bike.

-Riders may choose to ride the alternate route avoiding the hike-a-bike section through Penitente Canyon, but a 25 minute time penalty will be added to the lap time.

-Joker lap stickers will be removed from racer’s bike if they choose to ride the alternate lap. Please stop at the marshal station for sticker removal.

-Any racers finishing a lap without the Joker Lap sticker on their handlebars will be considered an alternate lap rider.

Detailed Description
12 Hours of Penitence Joker Lap Course is a 17 mile intermediate race route located near Del Norte Colorado. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 30 trails. This route climbs 1,750 ft with a max elevation of 8,544 ft then descends -1,757 ft.
Local Trail Association
Local trail association
Del Norte Trails Organization (www.delnortetrails.org)
Please consider joining or donating to the local riding association to support trail development & maintenance.
donate to earn trail karma!
Past Events

6 Reviews & Comments

We hope you've been enjoying Trailforks!

Create a FREE account to view route comments and much more.

Route POI

Aid StationFirst Aid StationAid Station


  • Race Course
  • Race Date
    Saturday September 14, 2019
  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
  • Ridelogs
More Stats for 12 Hours of Penitence Joker Lap Course mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    3 hr 31 min
  • Altitude min
    7,908 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,916 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,907 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Partial
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Flow (Ridden Direction)
Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension.
The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.
  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
  • bi-directional trail
  • no data
Trail Last Ridden
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine the last time a trail was ridden.
  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
Contribute Details
Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail.
  • Description
  • Photos
  • Description & Photos
  • Videos
Trail Popularity ?
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine which trails are ridden the most in the last 9 months. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades. Think of this as a heatmap, more rides = more kinetic energy = warmer colors.
  • most popular
  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular
Max Vehicle Width
US Cell Coverage
cell carrier legend

Radar Time
x Activity Recordings
Trailforks users anonymized public ridelogs from the past 6 months.
  • mountain biking recent
  • mountain biking (>6 month)
  • hiking (1 year)
  • moto (1 year)
Activity Recordings
Trailforks users anonymized public skilogs from the past 12 months.
  • Downhill Ski
  • Backcountry Ski
  • Nordic Ski
  • Snowmobile
Winter Trails
Warning A routing network for winter maps does not exist. Selecting trails using the winter trails layer has been disabled.
x Missing Trails
Most Popular
Least Popular
Trails are colored based on popularity. The more popular a trail is, the more red. Less popular trails trend towards green.
Jump Magnitude Heatmap
Heatmap of where riders jump on trails. Zoom in to see individual jumps, click circles to view jump details.
Trails Deemphasized
Trails are shown in grey.
Only show trails with NO bikes.

Save the current map location and zoom level as your default home location whenever this page is loaded.

Trail transparency

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Blue Sky Loop
May 18, 2023 @ 4:47pm
May 18, 2023
Blue Sky Loop
May 18, 2023 @ 4:47pm
May 18, 2023
Penitente Canyon Rd
May 18, 2023 @ 4:47pm
May 18, 2023
Los Hermanos
May 18, 2023 @ 4:47pm
May 18, 2023
Loop B (Capulin North)
Oct 17, 2021 @ 1:07pm
Oct 17, 2021
more reports »
  • By markholloway Trailforks Map Team & contributors
  • #13051 - 795 views