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.

Detailed Description
Hard Money Loop is a 5 mile popular expert route located near Black Hawk Colorado. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 2 trails. This route climbs 1,052 ft with a max elevation of 9,176 ft then descends -1,051 ft.
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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
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  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    409
More Stats for Hard Money Loop mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    1 hr 7 min
  • 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: 3.65 (3 votes)
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Hard Money - Black Hawk, CO (Normal person speed AKA not Nate Hills) :D
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Hard Money
Nov 12, 2023 @ 10:24am
Nov 12, 2023
A lot of the trail is snow covered and wet
Millsite Trail
Oct 20, 2023 @ 3:15am
Oct 20, 2023
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