17.8 miles
Distance
2,656 ft
Climb
-3,252 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

This route takes you into wilderness and over high mountain passes. There is no reliable water source for long stretches of this route. Use backcountry skills and ride/hike prepared. Thru-Hikers on the Colorado Trail use this route.

This is a car shuttle option for riding the Colorado Trail from Tiger Road / Muggins Gulch near Breckenridge with a lollipop loop of the (newly routed) Hippo Trail and Blair Witch added for fun and extra mileage.

For the car shuttle, you will leave one car at the Gold Hill Trailhead parking lot just North of Breckenridge along Highway 9, near the recreation trail. Then, you will drive your bikes up Tiger Road (note: NOT Tiger Run Road). Tiger Rd is County Rd 6. Park at the intersection of County Rd 354 (North Fork Swan Road). Then proceed biking up County Rd 354 to where the Colorado Trail crosses it in about 3/4 of a mile. Turn left on the CT and have fun

Alternatively, you can park right where the CT crosses County Rd 354, but buyer beware. County Rd 354 requires a high clearance vehicle, plus the next several miles on the CT delivers over 2,500 feet of elevation gain... so if you prefer a warm up before tackling that, park lower on Tiger Rd!

Detailed Description
CT Ride with Hippo / Blair Witch Lollipop is a 18 mile popular intermediate route located near Breckenridge Colorado. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 6 trails. This route climbs 2,656 ft with a max elevation of 11,163 ft then descends -3,252 ft.
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13 Reviews & Comments

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Ellenonsnow (Jul 14, 2022 at 17:43)
Trail Hippo
This is not at all a downhill primary trail. Please change that. A friend got yelled at for riding up it, (a great, easy, climb FYI)and the rider said it was a downhill trail. It replaced a trail that was really hard to climb and unsustainable. So many descriptions of trails in our area seem to be written by downhillers.
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hi-dr-nick Reporter (Jul 27, 2022 at 5:36)
Trail Hippo
It's not that downhillers are commenting, but when a trail has "berms", rollers, etc. it has at least a bit of downhill in mind. This type is trail is starting to be seen around the whole state and while it makes it fine enough to climb up, it makes the downhill absolutely suck. There are ways to make these trails still fun downhill and this isn't it, this only caters to new riders who don't know any better and think this is what trail building is. The old trail could've been worked on plenty well with some old school water bars, etc. Sorry that we want quality trail building and not overly sustainable designs that suck the fun out of the trail.
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bocomtb (Jul 5, 2022 at 7:12)
Rode east to west on July 4th. Not much traffic. Most of it was hikers going the same direction.

The climb was manageable. No pushing necessary. Easier than climbing up to Georgia Pass from Kenosha and easier than a lot of Front Range climbs.

The descent is an absolute ripper. Wide open sight lines. No technical features whatsoever though I did create a few root gaps for myself. The switchbacks don’t come out of nowhere…stop staring at your DHF knobs ya’all.
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freeyourride (May 27, 2021 at 6:08)
Trail Hippo
Agree on the grade reversals sucking the fun out of this as a downhill
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hi-dr-nick Reporter (May 20, 2021 at 5:46)
Trail Hippo
Another garbage re route that makes a downhill feel like you never actually go downhill. The newschool grade reversal building crap has to stop.
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juanopelaez (Nov 5, 2020 at 8:44)
its fan to ride it starting from the mountain, but you can do it also from the bottom in Breckenridge. half of the route is with melting ice or really wet or even still with snow. but aside of that is fan and at the end when you are getting into Breckenridge flows pretty well. there are really sharp curves at the end.
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juanopelaez (Nov 5, 2020 at 8:42)
Trail Hippo
the route is very icy this days. is not worth to ride it as the tires damage it.
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briananacker (Oct 23, 2020 at 21:37)
climb is sustained and steep, but not rampy nor loose, and therefore just a grind rather than a gruel. The descent is bonkers fun, although I did the last miles in the dark.
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wgwestervelt (Sep 30, 2020 at 17:18)
I would agree that the climb is a nasty and never ending one. Can be done if your in great shape and can handle the altitude. The ride down makes it worth it though.
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wgwestervelt (Sep 30, 2020 at 17:16)
This trail (ridden down) is a super fun smooth rip with some nice root drops and tight turns to keep you paying attention.
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matux (Sep 23, 2020 at 20:30)
Trail Hippo
The new re-route was fun. It seems slightly built with downhill in mind but climbed good. There are some tall roller coaster up/downs that make for a few punchy climbs but doable. Very enjoyable in either direction, built with bikes in mind.
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iski1122 (Jul 14, 2020 at 20:50)
Several cautions to note about this trail:
1. The climb to the top is grueling. This is NOT a blue for anyone coming from lower altitudes.
2. The descent is a lot of fun! However, there are some very tight switchbacks that you get NO WARNING they are coming and NO BERM help!

I am 50 years old from Oklahoma. I ride the Womble (IMBA Epic) a lot in Arkansas. If that is what you are looking for skip this section and ride the next two sections!
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forkguardian Reporter (Jul 11, 2019 at 14:01)
Definitely one of the most popular trails in Summit. Lots of variation on ways to ride this, although most will do it East to West. Appropriate for a variety of skill levels.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Snowshoe
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Shuttled
  • Bike type
    DH, AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for CT Ride with Hippo / Blair Witch Lollipop mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -595 ft
  • Altitude min
    9,190 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,793 ft
  • Altitude end
    9,199 ft
  • Grade
    -0.6%
  • Grade max
    -51.7%
  • Grade min
    64.9%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)
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