16 miles
1,773 ft
-1,774 ft
3,371 ft
High Point

This is my favorite Prospector-Church Rocks loop when I am just rolling into town, and want to get to some great trails fast. The prospector trail is mostly a slow grind up and with some minor ups and downs, but provides a perfect fast flowing end to the ride. Once you get to the church rocks area, I like to at least do the little double loop that takes you up on Brackens and drops you down the steep and loose little switchbacks back to the Church Rocks main loop. The Main loop has several loop options, and depending on time, water, fatigue it is fun to do different loop options.

If you really want to extend this ride, you can do the Dino Cliffs Out-n-Back, but just know that most return options are not great. Some deep sand and crappy old 4x4 roads await you on loop options beyond Brackens.

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Trails in Route

Church Rocks2 miles
Prospector3 miles
Cottonwood397 ft
Prospector3 miles
Brackens1,877 ft
Adams715 ft
High Grade2,260 ft
Brackens1,129 ft
Prospector643 ft


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  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
  • Route Type
    Out & Back
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Ridelogs
More Stats for Prospector Church Rocks Lollipops mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    3,029 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,074 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,072 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Packed
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
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Trail transparency
Cleaning Up The Church. East Crux. No Dabs.
Cleaning Up The Church. East Crux. No Dabs.
1:35 | 61 | comments: 0 | favs:
Jul 3, 2017
Sorry for the breathing tho. It was hard. :)
Church Rocks POV
Church Rocks POV
3:34 | 266 | comments: 0 | favs:
Mar 9, 2015
Climb up the from the south west side of Church Rocks
Prospector to Church Rocks
Prospector to Church Rocks
trail: Prospector
8:30 | 143 | comments: 0 | favs:
Mar 9, 2015
POV of the Prospector trail to Church Rocks

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Aug 18, 2018 @ 3:39pm
22 hours
Very fun single track. Started at 0700 and it was still hot by 0800. Great ride with some technical spot. This trail has a variety of challenges including sand, slick rock drops and plenty of boulders. It’s doable for the intermediate rider. Going West, it’s a fast and fun gradual down hill. ZERO shade.
Jul 25, 2018 @ 5:15am
Jul 25, 2018
Some minor washout in a couple of the creek beds
Jul 2, 2018 @ 8:21pm
Jul 2, 2018
Church Rocks
Apr 6, 2018 @ 5:57am
Apr 6, 2018
Nov 3, 2017 @ 9:56pm
Nov 3, 2017
Softball size loose rocks. Very loose dirt. Needs cleaning.
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