11.6 miles
Distance
1,901 ft
Climb
-1,893 ft
Descent
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.

Detailed Description
Maryland Mountain Tour is a 12 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 7 trails. This route climbs 1,901 ft with a max elevation of 9,185 ft then descends -1,893 ft.
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27 Reviews & Comments

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arrrkane (Jul 14, 2022 at 2:00)
Trail Hard Money
Great trail. Works best if ridden very fast. Good combo of flow and tech
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Moonie2123 (Jul 11, 2022 at 14:41)
Trail Hard Money
Steep, dusty, blown out, a little sketchy, but still fun. Make sure your brakes are sorted
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KC25 (Jun 21, 2022 at 16:47)
Fun downhill with some small jump options. A few tight switchbacks but very rewarding after the relatively easy climb on tramway
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KC25 (Jun 2, 2022 at 13:05)
Great, easy climb with a fun downhill around the other side. Good tree coverage and runs along a stream for a nice cooldown if u do the full loop.
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KC25 (Jun 2, 2022 at 13:05)
Great, easy climb with a fun downhill around the other side. Good tree coverage and runs along a stream for a nice cooldown if u do the full loop.
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provin1327 (May 14, 2022 at 18:51)
Trail Hard Money
Spencer is correct. This trail needs some serious maintenance. Many of the sections are getting blown out and loose as marbles. The majority of the trail ia in good shape but it really does need some work and rock armoring in spots.
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1Hunter-R Map Team (Apr 11, 2022 at 14:39)
This area has awesome views!
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1Hunter-R Map Team (Apr 11, 2022 at 14:39)
This area has awesome views!
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spencerimre (Nov 7, 2021 at 9:32)
Trail Hard Money
I can see how this would be tons of fun when properly maintained, but it's really blown out as of November 2021. Still a cool trail though.
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Marcrrr (Nov 7, 2021 at 7:26)
Think what a Centennial Cone MTB amusement park would be like and that’s this loop. Claim jumper/ paymaster section is great with good views and I think the climb up Millsite, while not trivial, is great. Hard money is epic and not for the leisurist. Respect to the team that made this place happen.
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hi-dr-nick Reporter (Oct 11, 2021 at 15:24)
Trail Hard Money
^if you’re lapping with an e-bike why does it even matter which way you climb? Bahahah

Superb trail though, and they’re currently adding more line variants.
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Hoffmonster (Aug 12, 2021 at 15:44)
Did entire tour. The Millsite climb was not fun. Everything else was awesome. Hard Money was crazy fun. Lots of B lines. A few spots I would call double black. The rest was just rowdy fun! All 2 miles of it. 5 stars. Would highly recommend!!
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FatahRuark (Jun 10, 2021 at 19:53)
Trail Hard Money
Best DH trail near Denver. More fun and flow than Floyd Hill (although FH is pretty awesome too). If you're lapping with an e-bike I recommend riding the Tram Road all the way to Easy Money. Smoother and faster climbing that way.
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finnmerellshreds (Jun 7, 2021 at 15:25)
Trail Hard Money
amazing trail!!!!!
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Blondero (Jun 4, 2021 at 14:11)
Great hiking trail, recommend bikers go around paymaster if they don’t like the hikers
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WendyBMA BMA (Jun 6, 2021 at 8:04)
Millsite IS a great bi-directional multi-use trail. But I recommend that if hikers get sick of bikers, they can use the hiker-only trail, Summit.
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JonathanMyewW2 (Jun 2, 2021 at 19:53)
This Should not be recommended as a climb trail it's much funner going down and kills the party when there's a ton of people climbing it .I recommend climbing old tram way to easy money for all the trails
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WendyBMA BMA (Jun 6, 2021 at 8:06)
There are 4 more bike-only downhill hill trails coming to the system, Millsite will remain a popular climbing trail since it's shorter and more shaded than the Tramway and Easy Money. It's a great trail to come down at non-peak times.
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Abacall (Jun 2, 2021 at 17:58)
Trail Hard Money
Super well built trail with more fun options and sneaky pops and doubles than any trail I've ridden. Not just machine made smoothed-over stuff, plenty of jank along the way. We need more of these kids of trails!
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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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BreakerBreaker19 (May 27, 2021 at 8:19)
Don't climb Millsite trail. Use Easy Money as the climb.
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BreakerBreaker19 (May 27, 2021 at 8:15)
Trail Claim Jumper
Awesome progression trail. More difficult than Millsite, less difficult than Hard Money. Tech difficulty is from it's rocky surface. Make sure to check out the booters before hitting them as the optional lines are a little gap'y.
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BreakerBreaker19 (May 27, 2021 at 7:58)
Trail Easy Money
Please use this trail to climb to Hard Money, Claim Jumper and Millsite Trail.

The easy grade makes it a fast climb. Keep the majority of the traffic on the other trails DH so that people can fully enjoy their radness.
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provin1327 (May 22, 2021 at 19:07)
A well built trail that travels along a creek and is nice and shady but its a much steeper climb (and only one mile shorter) than taking Tramway around to Easy Money. This trail feels more like a descent that you cab climb up than a dedicated climbing trail.
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provin1327 (May 22, 2021 at 19:04)
Trail Easy Money
A perfect grade for climbing with a few fun switchbaks and rollers to keep it fun
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provin1327 (May 22, 2021 at 19:02)
Trail Claim Jumper
What a blast! Not as steep as Hard Money but still fast and fun! Plenty of flow to be had between chunky rocky sections and b lines
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provin1327 (May 22, 2021 at 19:01)
Trail Hard Money
Such a fun trai! Fast and flowy with loads of chunky spots, smooth steep loose berms, armored berms, hips, jibs, and optional gap jumps. Very well built and a serious leg burner!
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • E-Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    447
More Stats for Maryland Mountain Tour mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    8,197 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,197 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,205 ft
  • Grade max
    -45.6%
  • Grade min
    38.2%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,440 ft
Avg: 4.65 (3 votes)
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