5.3 miles
Distance
1,052 ft
Climb
-1,051 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

Want the fastest way to the goods? The intermediate-advanced bike-only downhill-only rowdy, bermy, jumpy Hard Money? Well, here you go!

From the Historic Gilpin Tramway, make the first right onto Millsite Trail. This 2 mile singletrack through the pines is one of the nicest ways to climb nearly 700 ft. The tread is very accommodating and there are few technical challenges, but it is designated as an intermediate trail. While it is only an average grade of 6.4%, there are some punchy sections and climbing corners that will add to your workout. If the altitude is hurting you, there's a great overlook at 1.6 miles in to catch your breath. The top of Millsite hooks up with Easy Money. Take the left fork on Easy Money to continue the climb, then cross the service road and keep going. Keep heading up Easy Money, up and up and up. You'll have the option of 2 addition switchbacks if you want to see the summit of Maryland Mountain, otherwise take the left onto Hard Money.

Now here are the good. Hang onto your saddle for 2 miles of you-won't-stop-grinning downhill fun. At the bottom, take a left on Historic Gilpin Tramway for another lap or to get back to the trailhead.

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1 Review & Comments

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finnmerellshreds (Jun 7, 2021 at 15:25)
 great loop
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Trails in Route

Millsite Trail2 miles
Hard Money2 miles

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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • E-Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    124
More Stats for Hard Money Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    8,189 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,192 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,196 ft
  • Grade max
    -37.1%
  • Grade min
    46.8%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    935 ft
Avg: 5 (2 votes)
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Hard Money
Jun 13, 2021 @ 12:25pm
Jun 13, 2021
Crazy dry, watch those berms
Millsite Trail
Jun 6, 2021 @ 9:45am
Jun 6, 2021
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