72.5 miles
11,429 ft
-11,003 ft
1 mile
High Point

#DialedHealth's #DHvertchallenge this route features the front range's best local trails and surpasses 10k of elevation gain in one, long route. Planning on completing september 24th, 2021 Reach out to me on ig @jsk_bikes for more details

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Dialed Health #Dhvertchallenge Sept 24th route is a 73 mile popular intermediate route located near Lakewood Colorado. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 26 trails. This route climbs 11,429 ft with a max elevation of 7,732 ft then descends -11,003 ft.
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48 Reviews & Comments

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Kartd301 (Sep 25, 2022 at 10:23)
This trail is awesome. One of the best trails in the near Denver area and a great challenge for line choice. Not a lot of exposure either, well built berms, just so much fun.
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chuckmallott (Aug 5, 2022 at 6:37)
Trail Hardscrabble
Great little trail - I rode it going downhill and it was a blast.
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JoshCO (Jul 29, 2022 at 15:07)
Vertical is overstated here. An out and back is about 1,600’.
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highlander1868 (Sep 6, 2022 at 14:39)
You're crazy. I've done this ride numberious times and its verified, 3k of climbing.
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JoshCO (Sep 6, 2022 at 15:31)
Ha! 3k’ of this ride would be awesome.
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BearsMTB (Jul 29, 2022 at 9:19)
I was seriously jazzed after doing this trail. This descent is legendary! The combo of artificial and man made rock features make this trail seriously cool. The "waterfall" is pretty difficult, though. I walked the first 3/4 because I saw people off their bikes and did the bottom 1/4. I did a trail highlight of this trail specifically because I liked it so much. check it out here if you're interested - www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0NLQL0HFvA&t=70s
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lblackwell (May 31, 2022 at 14:40)
Good trail but very technical and not for XC bikes. Uphill is very steep
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Synthe (May 23, 2022 at 18:19)
Holy crap this trail is gnarly. Most features require complete commitment though nothing is huge- 2ft drop onto very steep rock. This is a must ride but do not underestimate the difficulty if you are an intermediate rider as you will quickly get in over your head and there are 2-3 features that require proper setup and commitment with little room for error - these caught me off guard so stay sharp!
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hi-dr-nick Reporter (Nov 22, 2021 at 20:08)
As rad as this trail is I agree a bit with the comment above. When I rode this trail years ago before the DH designation it was most definitely gnarlier.
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JoshCO (Aug 9, 2021 at 20:52)
Trail Argos
There are no longer day or direction restrictions on the trail. Needs to be updated.
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mrbliu (Jul 30, 2021 at 8:50)
COMBA has been adding some questionable features to lower Longhorn. Speed bumps right before turns and unnecessary berms. From an accessibility standpoint it makes sense, however they're effectively making this trail softer. If novice riders find this trail too hard to ride, keep riding until you have built up the confidence for it, don't alter the trail so it's easier and ruin it for everyone else.
  • + 0
boatshredder (Jul 2, 2021 at 21:50)
Trail Belcher Hill
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hartdds (May 15, 2021 at 14:03)
A bitchy-good trail whose rocky nature demands full commitment. Perhaps some of the best technical in the Front Range. If you don’t trust yourself or your bike 100%, stay away lest you risk almost certain injury.
  • + 0
Graham7781 (Apr 7, 2021 at 16:15)
Couple of mud and ice/slush spots. Rock garden is a little dicey but otherwise no issues to the top!
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JoeC7 (Jan 17, 2021 at 14:02)
Dry conditions, no mud or snow.
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andy-legrunge (Oct 19, 2020 at 8:19)
Trail Belcher Hill
I don't think it's all that technical for the most part, except a few short sections. Mostly just steep, loose, and emotionally draining, though entirely rideable. Worth it to access better trails higher up, and the views are nice. Can be super busy with hikers and families esp down low.
  • + 1
provin1327 (Sep 17, 2020 at 20:50)
Christ LAbalin23 stop yelling it's getting late. I agree there are no doubles on this trail but its pretty fun (until a train of hikers coming up ruin it for you). It seems like most of the actual trail work is at the rock section at the very bottom.
  • + 0
Mountainviolinist (Aug 23, 2020 at 11:22)
Just rode this for the first time today and yes there are a lot of waterbar drops but still pretty sweet. The only spot where I pulled up short was a short steep section that caught by surprise as it’s right after a curve. You see it for the first time and are kinda like “yeah, definite OTB/injury potential.” If I knew it was there and managed the turn correctly I’d stay high right and I think that’d be alright. Recently volunteers constructed a new trail emerging at the end of middle Longhorn. Thank you!!!
  • - 1
calledinsick (Aug 18, 2020 at 13:56)
Best to shuttle the line with a friend... It's a pretty brutal climb from the lower lots unless you like climbing
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Jrlieber (Jul 27, 2020 at 20:05)
Trail Belcher Hill
Very steep bordering on too hard to ride, esp nonstop. 1300 feet in 3 miles.
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Jrlieber (Jul 27, 2020 at 20:03)
This is very technical with lots of drops. Not flowy. Be forewarned. It that’s your thing you’ll love it. Not for a xc bike tho.
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AlexanderCR (Jul 10, 2020 at 16:29)
Trail Whippletree
Whip fast, fun and flowy with very small drops and rocks. This trail is a great way to finish off a ride, after blasting down Longhorn Tr. It has nice, banked turns, which add to the flow and allow you to torch down the hill at top speed. I would highly recommend this trail- it is a nice way to link Longhorn back up to Belcher Hill.
  • + 2
AlexanderCR (Jul 10, 2020 at 16:24)
Much more technical than the upper portion of Longhorn. The wooden drops are so much fun to bomb down, and the rock chutes are amazing- super steep and rough with an abundance of traction. This is only a bad trail if you dislike steep and rocky terrain, or if you are riding above your skill level.
This portion is bikes only, downhill only, meaning you can throw caution to the wind and let go of your brakes around blind turns. The banked turns do a great job of helping you maintain speed- whoever built this trail knew what they were doing.
  • + 0
AlexanderCR (Jul 10, 2020 at 16:17)
Trail Longhorn
This is a amazing trail. I would highly recommend descending it. It has some steep rock chutes, and lots of bermed turns. Braking bumps before turns and dry, loose conditions make this trail even more technical than it normally is. It is packed with log drops that are simply amazing to hit at speed. Watch your speed around blind corners-this first portion of Longhorn is multi-directional.
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AlexanderCR (Jul 10, 2020 at 16:12)
Trail Maverick
After summiting Belcher Hill, you are faced with this intermediate trail. It has great flow, some water bars/rollers that are fun to gap off of, and small drops. Nothing is too technical, but expect braking bumps before turns due to heavy use. This trail is one of my personal favorites at White Ranch, because it flows well, and has a good mix of slightly technical obstacles. A blast on a Hardtail, or any short travel bike.
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AlexanderCR (Jul 10, 2020 at 16:08)
Trail Belcher Hill
A steep, technical grind up to a summit with neat views of Golden and Boulder. This trail is highly technical, and very steep in places. I would not recommend descending it, as there are no berms or other features except baby head rocks and boulders. All you will be doing is braking. Still, this trail is a great connector to Mustang Trail and Maverick Trail from the lower parking lot. You are good technical climber if you can clean it, and a XC God if you can do it without stopping for water.
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andy-legrunge (Apr 30, 2020 at 12:11)
Poor lines of sight on some of the technical features on the north end, which can cause problems when the trail is crowded with hikers and runners, which is basically always. South end is flowier with better lines of sight. Overall a good trail but it’s hard to let it rip comfortably. I wouldn’t even consider it on a weekend.
  • + 3
srstudent (Apr 10, 2020 at 18:45)
Definitely the most engaging descent on the mesa. The waterfall (stair at the top) is moderately challenging but otherwise it’s just fast.
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geoesp (Mar 8, 2020 at 12:16)
Dry conditions for most part
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NorCalNomad (Aug 17, 2019 at 10:12)
Rad trail that definitely starts out as expert, but the rest of it is intermediate. Definitely try to make sure that the first 100ft at the top is clear of hikers before dropping in as it’s not really a place you can pass each other safely.
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BearsMTB (Jul 29, 2022 at 9:19)
I second that - Look before you start on the DH because it's hard to stop.
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LAballin23 (Aug 11, 2019 at 8:00)
SOMETHING TO KEEP IN MIND IS THAT IT IS A DIRECTIONAL MULTI USE TRAIL BUT IT HAS AN AMAZING DOWNHILL AND A PRETTY MEDIOCRE UPHILL. DO NOT RIDE IT UPHILL AND MAKE DOWNHILL RIDERS YEILD TO YOU, THIS RUINS THE AMAZING DESCENT FOR THE RIDERS. MAYBE TRY RIDING THE ROAD UP TO SUMMIT, THEN YOU DON'T RUIN THE RIDE FOR EVERYONE BY CLIMBING UP DESCENT TRAILS. This trail is amazing!!! Great work, the flow here is incredible and the gap-a-bility is perfect. The actual jumps are a little tricky, steep take offs and landings. But all the little bumps in between berms allows you to gap into and out of every berm, perfectly built. THESE ARE THE TYPE OF TRAILS WE NEED MORE OFSmile
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Elliot252003 (Aug 6, 2019 at 8:28)
Go ride this trail. And ride it fast. All of the dirt drops with wooden ledges are insane amounts of fun if you hit them at speed. Add to that some awesome natural rock features and you have an amazing trail.
  • + 1
WillieB (Jun 12, 2019 at 6:39)
Trail Maverick
In my mind this trail is better than longhorn. Not too steep and nice flow with waterbar jumps
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WillieB (Jun 12, 2019 at 6:35)
Brutal trail that mostly consists of "steep flow mank" (as my buddy described it). This is only a "great trail" if you live in the front range and are subjected to hellishly steep, rocky, and poorly built trails all the time. But still...its about as good as that Front Range trail genre can be.
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Wildsidephotog (Apr 8, 2019 at 11:52)
Took this trail downhill on April 7. It’s marked as intermediate but is definitely an expert level segment. Super steep brake burner, rocky, loose, and a 9 of 10 on my scale of difficulty.
  • + 0
Landonop (Apr 5, 2019 at 8:56)
Tons of single track down the mountain after a short double track ride. Some fairly techy, sharp descents so be on your game. Great ride though.
  • + 1
Anthonyfonzi (Jan 22, 2019 at 10:23)
Should be rated a blue.
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jhoudy (Jan 9, 2018 at 15:09)
Slightly dry. Great day to ride. No issues.
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mtbyetico (Jan 10, 2018 at 17:25)
You may want to consider using a trail report to let others know of weather conditions. This comment section is generally used to review the trail or comment on trail design or its overall ride worthiness. Smile
  • - 1
artusbiker (Nov 14, 2017 at 18:20)
Great trail for an out and back
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climb-descend-again (Oct 14, 2017 at 14:10)
Trail Red Rocks
Ascent is pretty rough with lots of square edged rocks— momentum is key. Trail is extremely popular for hikers and running packs. Counted almost a hundred people on a Saturday morning between 730 and 10 AM. Bring your patience and courtesy.
  • + 0
Buell96 (Oct 7, 2017 at 6:15)
Conditions are perfect! Great riding!
  • + 1
dthomp325 (Sep 23, 2017 at 12:19)
I not sure what OP thinks a double is, but there aren't any on this trail. Also, description makes it sound like a MTB specific trail, but it is multi-direction and multi-use.
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mtbyetico (Dec 22, 2018 at 9:11)
Sounds like you were pretty disappointed in the trail and are pretty strict about what can constitute a double. A double in my opinion is two hills or ramps with a gap between the two peaks. Can the dirt hills be ridden without jumping? Yes, but that doesn't mean you can't make them a double. I think when a trail is ridden only 4% of the time uphill, It could be said it was designed for downhill use even though it can be ridden both directions. This trail was really added for mountain bikers by mountain bikers but you are correct, it is a multi use, bidirectional trail and states that in the trail usage category above. Just about every trail on the front range that is open to mountain biking with very few exceptions is multi use and bidirectional. Perhaps you would like Longhorn at White Ranch and Dakota ridge at Matthews Winters a little better.
  • + 0
shay8688 (Sep 6, 2017 at 6:18)
Trail starts with a rock stair feature and goes into very very steep and loose trail with several tight and highly exposed switch back. Hang on to your brakes this may be some of the fastest riding on the whole mountain.
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jfsport73 (Jun 28, 2017 at 10:22)
Nice. Not realy single track like i ride . But nice view.
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Anthonyfonzi (Apr 7, 2017 at 14:00)
basically a dirt sidewalk
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