22.7 miles
2,825 ft
-2,826 ft
1 mile
High Point

This is a rare Loop in the Palisades Backcountry because it is mostly 100% rideable. It is best to bicycle this loop in the counter-clockwise direction and that is how I will describe it. Start at the public boat launch on Fall Creek road. This ensures an opportunity to swim after the ride! The ride North on Fall creek road is paved and lightly travelled with a slow speed limit. The ride up Mosquito Creek road is on dirt and not too steep. The loop levels out a bit once you get up to the Divide trail. The North Fork Fall Creek trail is a super fun downhill that empties onto a dirt road that seems to keep going downhill forever. After a short up you are at Red Top and have a paved downhill almost all the way back.

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More Stats for Mosquito Red Top Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    6,016 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,027 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,027 ft
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  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    8 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Divide Trail (Mosquito to N.F. Fall Creek Trail)
Jun 16, 2021 @ 9:31am
Jun 16, 2021
This section of the Divide trail was cleared in June 2021
North Fork Fall Creek Road
Sep 23, 2020 @ 7:01pm
Sep 23, 2020
This is a smooth road with a gentle grade and no downfall.
Cottonwood Spur Road (Upper)
Sep 23, 2020 @ 6:56pm
Sep 23, 2020
Clear of downfall.
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