30 miles
2,148 ft
-5,969 ft
2 miles
High Point

A shuttle to Marble Pass takes the sting out of this ride but even then this one can be mentally and physically difficult. Heading north along the Elkhorn Crest Trail you’ll be surfing along at 8,000’ above sea level, with amazing views in all directions. You’ll have to stop to enjoy the scenery, though, because the narrow, jagged tread demands every ounce of your attention. You’ll make steady progress but your hands will cramp from death-gripping your bars as you link together an endless array of moves over rock notches and around outcroppings. The exposure is omnipresent and you don’t want to fall this deep in the backcountry. After 14 miles you’ll bang a right onto the Summit Lake Trail and begin an amazing three-mile descent down steep, rocky singletrack. A rollicking piece of doubletrack takes you back to your car just as your legs give out.

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More Stats for Elkhorn Crest Trail + Summit Lake Trail shuttle mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -3,820 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,583 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,545 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,725 ft
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  • Distance climb
    11 miles
  • Distance down
    18 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
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      Elkhorn Crest Trail
      Sep 26, 2017 @ 7:48am
      Sep 26, 2017
      Trail's in great shape if a little dry. Go get it before the snow falls again.
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