Park at the Rodeo Parking lot soon after entering Snowmass Village. Ride up the Brush Creek Bike Path until you are just below the main ski area. It's a good bit of climbing on the bike path system, with several junctions.
Cross Brush Creek Road at a point just before the road makes a final, sweeping turn that brings you to the base of the ski area. At this spot, you'll cross Brush Creek Road and take Divide Road 100 yards to the Rim Trail trailhead.
Start off with a 700' vertical climb. The trail is well-built for bikes though, with widely-rounded switchbacks and a very smooth surface, so it's a very enjoyable climb. It's pretty exposed to the southern sun, so it could be quite hot on a warm sunny day.
Once at the top, take a left and go 100 yards to the high point and enjoy the remarkable 360 degree view.
Return those 100 yards, then continue on slightly descending, fast and fun singletrack right along the rim. You'll eventually reach a saddle point and a road crossing, Sinclair road. This is a bailout option if you're in a hurry or tired. Otherwise, continue on, with some moderate climbing until you get to one final 400' climb.
Like the first climb, the surface is nice and it's well laid out for bikes, and it's over pretty fast. There are more great views from a bench at this high point.
Now it's a pure descent all the way to the car, and it's a blast: singletrack all the way through some aspens, but mostly sage meadows on nicely contoured trail. The views are astounding if you can take your eyes off the trail for a second. It ends all too quickly with a short stretch of a bike path that leads back to the parking lot. As an alternative option, you can also descend the Seven Star Trail back to the parking lot as well.
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Bike typeAM, XC
More Stats for Rim Trail Loop mountain bike route
Altitude min7,888 ft
Altitude start7,888 ft
Altitude end7,889 ft
Distance climb5 miles
Distance down5 miles
Distance flat1,582 ft
- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
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