21.4 miles
4,291 ft
-4,288 ft
1 mile
High Point

Terrible place to ride. Avoid this park.

Detailed Description
all the vertical gains is a 21 mile moderately popular extreme route located near Ken Caryl Colorado. This mountain bike only route and has a extreme overall physical rating. This route includes 4 trails. This route climbs 4,291 ft with a max elevation of 7,128 ft then descends -4,288 ft.

12 Reviews & Comments

  • - 1
Pusspussonafullsuss (Oct 12, 2022 at 8:48)
This is a green trail. Nothing blue or black about it except for the level of depression you'll get from riding probably one of the most boring trails I've ever laid rubber on.
  • + 0
eliparsnips (Sep 5, 2022 at 14:35)
Always a good ride! Love the chunk.
  • + 0
Samhe0Oow (Aug 12, 2022 at 19:48)
Went down this today from loop at deer creek and it was a lotta down with so many switchbacks. Fun and interesting but also difficult to make a good loop with anything else.
  • + 0
Samhe0Oow (Aug 12, 2022 at 19:44)
Steep and gnarly.
  • + 1
zeerob J-GULCH (Jul 6, 2022 at 9:01)
I'm going to third the fact that this trail is awesome. Unless you are incredibly talented and fit, you will have to hike-a-bike through a couple cruxes/tech rock gardens, but who cares?! Best way to get better and fitter is to try!

The descent is amazing. Fun, interesting, and techy. The secret sender before the wall, the high speed rocks, wash block steps to jump, and it's mostly in the shade.

Obviously it's the Front Range, so go early to avoid the people and the snakes.
  • + 1
option157 (Sep 6, 2021 at 12:48)
I think the Climb/Descend stats on the trail are off. We rode and between two devices, had closer to 1900ft coming up from Hildebrand Ranch. The first climb over the hogback is by far the hardest and most punchy. There are great views the entire time, especially once over that first hill too. The rest of the climbs are reasonable. Minus the first climb and a few spots that had some chunk or exposure, it seems like the reason this trail is black is due to the length of the climb, it definitely isn't because the trail is technically difficult after the first climb. We enjoyed climbing it and came down Plymouth Creek for a more exciting descent. Coming down all of the switchbacks would have gotten very monotonous. Kudos to the commenter that counted them, I would put money on 65 being the right number.
  • + 2
jc736139 (Jul 12, 2021 at 21:52)
Don't go down this. Not fun
  • + 2
srstudent (May 13, 2020 at 7:25)
this trail has 65 mostly fairly tight (but rideable) switchbacks. make of that what you will! i'm a fan but a lot of people ride it once and swear to never go back.
  • + 2
hi-dr-nick Reporter (Oct 14, 2019 at 15:49)
Oh man I can’t believe the first two comments. This trail is rowdy and still a blast, sure it’s changed over the years but it’s still killer. Sorry you weekend warriors think every trail needs to be pure singletrack and built up professionally.
  • + 2
Jmarshallm (Aug 18, 2019 at 11:25)
The two previous comments are biased. If you like technical downhills, this trail is super fun! Rocky, rutty goodness. Big travel bike allows you to tear through this trail and is a suspension tuners dream. Yes the climb sucks, but majority of it is in the trees, away from the sun. Weekends are a little crowded, weekdays are perfect.
  • - 2
Abatelli (Jul 19, 2019 at 6:31)
This trail used to be really fun, one technical section (the wall) that had a set of stairs on the side so you could walk around it. But that was years ago. This trail is a disaster now. Extremely washed out, in bad need of repair. the wall is no longer the most technical part of the trail. Huge sections of super steep highly technical rock gardens. This trail used to be fun. Not anymore.
  • - 2
provin1327 (Jun 8, 2019 at 20:49)
A painfully steep double track usually filled to the brim with hikers. Sure there are some technical spots on the way down and "the wall" takes some good line choice but overall this trail sucks. Unfortunately it's the only way to get to the loops at the top.

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  • AKA
    death by black bear
  • Difficulty rating
    Double Black Diamond
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More Stats for all the vertical gains mountain bike route
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  • Altitude min
    5,546 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,546 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,545 ft
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  • Distance climb
    10 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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