23 miles
Distance
3,123 ft
Climb
-2,841 ft
Descent
1 miles
High Point

The trail starts in Lead on the new Homestake Trail, then down into Deadwood on the Mickelson Trail. Follow the Mickelson Trail up Kirk Canyon to the top of Sugarloaf. Take a left at the top of Sugarloaf, through the green gate. Follow the trail down to the Wasp Picnic Shelter back on the Mickelson on Whitewood Creek. Take a right, up the Mickelson. Stay low through the gate to Englewood Road. Follow Englewood Road, take a left up Snowcat. Snowcat Road is a long uphill with 7 switchbacks and turns into Snowy Bluffs Road. Take a left after the last switchback to the powerline corridor. Follow the trail under the powerline corridor to Railroad Grade Road. Railroad Grade is mostly downhill, ride back down to Englewood Road and take a left on Englewood Road. Follow Englewood Road and take a right at the Mickelson crossing back up Sugarloaf, past the top and back down to the Sugarloaf trailhead. Pass through the Sugarloaf Trailhead and cross the highway to Walt Green Park (Lead Trailhead of the Mickelson Trail). This ends the Mile High Course. Then coast down through Lead back to your vehicle.

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1 Review & Comments

  • + 0
flag Rugboy77 (Apr 30, 2018 at 10:51)
 My garmin shows 1877’ of climbing and 1726’ of descending. Not sure how Trailforks came up with their numbers
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Details

  • Race Course
  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
More Stats for Mile High Challenge Course mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,597 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,087 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,369 ft
  • Grade
    0.234%
  • Grade max
    -55.265%
  • Grade min
    42.001%
  • Distance climb
    12 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 4 (1 votes)
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Trail Conditions
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  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
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