12.3 miles
1,603 ft
-1,604 ft
2 miles
High Point

Here's an updated version of the West Mag Backcountry Ride from the main center parking lot and newer trails in the system. It's rated advanced for steep climbs and technical features.

From the center parking lot 1 mile down Haul Rd off the Peak to Peak highway, head south on the Hobbit trail singletrack. You'll cross the road, continue on trail and then make a left onto Re-Root. Re-Root wiggles around rocks and trees - look for 4 alternative B-lines, definitely for expert riders. The trail eventually crosses Haul road, look for the trail on the left side of the bottom of the private driveway. You'll cross the driveway one more time, please stay on the trail At the next intersection, make a hard left to get on Aspen Alley. Climb up through the trees and enjoy the view from the meadow. Keep right to stay on Aspen Alley, cross the meadow and then you'll hit the berms and jumps on lower Aspen Alley. At the four-way intersection, continue straight to stay on Aspen Alley. Keep left, then right, to stay on Aspen Alley.

Next, you'll hit the end of Haul Rd and the beginning of Lookout. Climb the hill keeping right at next intersection to stay on Lookout. You'll start heading down the backside of hill, make the next right on Hobbit.This end of Hobbit is fun to ride in either direction but the preferred direction for many is coming the other way. This trail climbs a bit, but you'll be rewarded with some fun bumps and berms at the end.

Next, you'll come to a K-shaped intersection, take the first right to get on Hobbit 3.5, which connects to Rocks and Roots. Here's where the serious climbing starts. This section is about 2 miles long and 800 feet of climbing. You'll see other spurs, make sure you keep on this trail. At the top, you'll go through a meadow, then go downhill just a bit and take the next right onto Schoolbus. There's a sign that says, "Private Property Stay on Trail" that can be confusing, if you hit a closed sign on a chain, that's the wrong turn. Follow Schoolbus up a small hill, you'll come to a clearing with a famous mining pit sometimes called the Toilet Bowl. This is the top of the climb.

Next, head down Schoolbus. In a bit you'll come to an intersection, stay right to stay on Schoolbus. When the trail heads sharply to the left, you'll have a grunty little climb to get through. Next is more twists, turns and downhill. When you come to the wood planks, try to ride them to help keep the mining tailings from traveling down the mountain. Near the bottom, you'll come to the actual schoolbus that gave this trail its name, here's a link to the spot https://www.trailforks.com/poi/49130/. Schoolbus will intersection with Hobbit, take a right, cross the road and keeping following Hobbit. You'll stay on Hobbit now until you come back to the intersection with Re-Root. At this point, turn left and head back to the parking lot.

Detailed Description
West Mag Backcounty Route is a 12 mile popular expert route located near Nederland Colorado. This mountain bike primary route and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 6 trails. This route climbs 1,603 ft with a max elevation of 9,617 ft then descends -1,604 ft.

Trail Products

13 Reviews & Comments

We hope you've been enjoying Trailforks!

Create a FREE account to view route comments and much more.

Trails in Route


  • Featured
  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • eBike Allowed
  • Physical rating
  • Ridelogs
More Stats for West Mag Backcounty Route mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    2 hr 21 min
  • Altitude min
    8,599 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,719 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,720 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
Avg: 3.5 (2 votes)
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Flow (Ridden Direction)
Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension.
The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.
  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
  • bi-directional trail
  • no data
Trail Last Ridden
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine the last time a trail was ridden.
  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
Contribute Details
Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail.
  • Description
  • Photos
  • Description & Photos
  • Videos
Trail Popularity ?
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine which trails are ridden the most in the last 9 months. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades. Think of this as a heatmap, more rides = more kinetic energy = warmer colors.
  • most popular
  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular
Max Vehicle Width

Radar Time
x Activity Recordings
Trailforks users anonymized public ridelogs from the past 6 months.
  • mountain biking recent
  • mountain biking (>6 month)
  • hiking (1 year)
  • moto (1 year)
Activity Recordings
Trailforks users anonymized public skilogs from the past 12 months.
  • Downhill Ski
  • Backcountry Ski
  • Nordic Ski
  • Snowmobile
Winter Trails
Warning A routing network for winter maps does not exist. Selecting trails using the winter trails layer has been disabled.
x Missing Trails
Most Popular
Least Popular
Trails are colored based on popularity. The more popular a trail is, the more red. Less popular trails trend towards green.
Jump Magnitude Heatmap
Heatmap of where riders jump on trails. Zoom in to see individual jumps, click circles to view jump details.
Trails Deemphasized
Trails are shown in grey.
Only show trails with NO bikes.

Save the current map location and zoom level as your default home location whenever this page is loaded.

Trail transparency
Punching Trees in Nederland
Punching Trees in Nederland
trail: Hobbit 3.5
8:08 | 74 | comments: 0 | favs:
Nov 22, 2022
aka Riding the Magnolia Trails
aka Riding the Magnolia Trails
trail: Hobbit
8:08 | 82 | comments: 0 | favs:
Nov 22, 2022

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Oct 11, 2023 @ 12:46am
Oct 11, 2023
Really dry and dusty.
Oct 1, 2023 @ 3:57am
Oct 1, 2023
Hobbit 3.5
Oct 1, 2023 @ 3:57am
Oct 1, 2023
Sep 10, 2023 @ 2:21am
Sep 10, 2023
Great dirt conditions
Rocks & Roots Spur Road
Jul 16, 2023 @ 2:39am
Jul 16, 2023
more reports »
  • By WendyBMA BMA & contributors
  • #24827 - 1,939 views