17 miles
Distance
3,377 ft
Climb
-3,375 ft
Descent
1 miles
High Point

This lollipop loop starts at the Carr Feely TH. You can ride the loops in either direction but most people prefer descending Grouse Ridge Trail North--that means riding it in a northerly direction. The Sand Ridge-Glacier Lake loop is hard whichever ascent you choose and most will be doing substantial pushing. It is probably a little more rideable going ccw. Don't let the pushing deter you, though, because these are supreme beauty spots and there are sections of fun technical descending. Remember "Grouse miles are like dogs' years" so take more than one sandwich and plenty of hydration.

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Double Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Middle Earth--a long hard loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    6,367 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,648 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,649 ft
  • Grade
    0.001%
  • Grade max
    -38.32%
  • Grade min
    30.28%
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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