11.6 miles
1,901 ft
-1,893 ft
2 miles
High Point

If you want to check out all that Maryland Mountain has to offer, here's your ride! You'll do a bit of cross-country riding and some downhill trail riding and see some cool historic mining artifacts and beautiful mountain views.

From the Hidden Treasure Trailhead, head out on the Historic Gilpin Tramway. The Tramway surface is approximately 48” in width, with grades generally under 4%, making this trail accessible to everyone. Walkers, runners, strollers, leashed pets and kids on bikes will all enjoy the 2.7 mile route. Continue on the Quartz Valley Trail for another half a mile, then take the right turn onto Easy Money. Climb all the switchbacks, cross the fire road and keep climbing. At the intersection with Claim Jumper, take a right and head down the first bike optimized trail of the ride. Built with bikes in mind, this trail is multi-use and bidirectional but is most fun ridden downhill with a couple of challenging alternate lines that make the intermediate experience just a little more interesting.

At the bottom of Claim Jumper, take a left onto Paymaster. This trail mellows out to more cross country style again and goes by several mining artifacts. At the bottom, take a left on Historic Gilpin Tramway and retrace your steps. Go past the hiker-only Summit trail, the exit to Hard Money and then take the left onto Millsite Trail. This 2 mile singletrack through the pines is one of the nicest ways to climb nearly 700 ft. 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 back 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 past Claim Jumper and up some more. 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 goods. 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 to get back to the trailhead.

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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
BreakerBreaker19 (May 27, 2021 at 8:19)
 Don't climb Millsite trail. Use Easy Money as the climb.
  • + 2
WendyBMA BMA (May 27, 2021 at 9:11)
 Millsite was designed as a climbing trail for the bike-only system coming this summer. Soon there will be a green/blue flow trail and a new blue downhill trail (end of 2021) and a double black (future). While Hard Money is currently the only downhill trail, the bike-optimized system is being designed such that riders will prefer climbing Millsite to get to the downhill trails quicker.

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  • Altitude min
    8,197 ft
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    8,197 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,205 ft
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    7 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,440 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Claim Jumper
Jun 13, 2021 @ 12:25pm
Jun 13, 2021
Crazy dry, watch those berms
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
Historic Gilpin Tramway
Jun 2, 2021 @ 9:43am
Jun 2, 2021
Quartz Valley Trail
Jun 2, 2021 @ 9:43am
Jun 2, 2021
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