10 miles
Distance
436 ft
Climb
-432 ft
Descent
345 ft
High Point

No water or bathrooms once you leave the HQ. Some trails run wet in the spring.

Head out on the Pond Walk on the south side (counter clockwise) of the pond and then the Borderland Trail to the gated parking area at the end of the road. Pick up Bob's Trail here for a warm up before hitting the tech on the north side of the park. At the end of Bob's Trail, turn right and go all the way out to Mountain Street. Take a left on Mountain Street and ride 100' up to the gated entrance back into the park. From here, ride up the meadow to Granite Hills Trail.

Granite Hills is challenging climbing through chunky singletrack up to the doubletrack portion of the Ridge Trail. Travel up Ridge to the Friends Trail signage. Up and to the left is a large challending ledge to climb. The B-line is to the right but I'd skip that. Follow the Friends Trail singletrack initially through some easy climbs and ledge. In just a short bit you will come to one of the more challenging rock gardens in all of Borderland. Once through the rock gardens you'll come to a set of two "bridges". Not really bridges but 10" wide boards that run first about 50' then about 100'. They are a real test you skinny abilities. Many people hike-a-bike.

Once finished with Friends trail, you get a bit of a break to hammer the Morse Loop and the Quarry Loop. A mix of double track and single track with a little tech thrown in.

You end the Quarry Loop back at the Ridge Trail. The single track portion of the Ridge Trail will challenge the best of the technical riders. It starts with ledge, mixes in ledge throughout the trail, and ends in ledge at the NEMBA trail. Take caution on the first drop 50' down the trail. Most riders walk it.

The NEMBA trail, obviously built by NEMBA many years ago is optionally done out and back. The uphill flow runs toward the west. This is another of the technically challenging trails.

Once done with the NEMBA Trail, follow the double track down to the Split Rock Trail. This is a fun and technically challenging trail that brings you to the Granite Hills trail. Turn right at the Granite Hills Trail and make your way back to the carriage trails at the pond.

Turn right at the pond and take the Northwest Trail up to the French Trail. These trails are super chunky with lots of challenging lines around medium and large boulders. Finish the route on either direction of the West Side Trail.

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    Black Diamond
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More Stats for Borderland Challenge mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    202 ft
  • Altitude start
    246 ft
  • Altitude end
    249 ft
  • Grade max
    -26%
  • Grade min
    17.4%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      statustraildateconditiondescription
      Bob's Trail
      Aug 9, 2020 @ 2:00pm
      Aug 9, 2020
      Morse Loop Trail
      Jul 4, 2020 @ 6:48am
      Jul 4, 2020
      Tree down
      Northwest (green)
      Jun 25, 2020 @ 10:15am
      Jun 25, 2020
      Road great! reporter
      Northwest (black)
      Jun 25, 2020 @ 10:15am
      Jun 25, 2020
      Quite dry and dusty, but still a blast to ride downhill reporter
      Friends Trail
      May 3, 2020 @ 6:23am
      May 3, 2020
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