3.7 miles
1,697 ft
-28 ft
Avg time

Cub Creek Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Maxwell Falls
    Evergreen, Colorado
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  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (3 votes)
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #40058 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #15315 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 55 in Trail Running
    • 60 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

An old school trail with a limited number of switchbacks, creating a lung buster of a continuous climb. The first mile tends to be drier and filled with loose rocks, the trail improves the higher you go, eventually becoming loamy at times. There are no real hard technical sections, one can find clear lines through all the rough bits. But between the endless rock and root gardens throughout and the painfully consistent grade, this one makes you earn it Coming back down the trail rides much better then you would expect, its a rowdy one!

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Cub Creek mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    1,670 ft
  • Altitude min
    8,380 ft
  • Altitude max
    10,051 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,380 ft
  • Altitude end
    10,049 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    876 ft
  • Distance flat
    305 ft
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on May 28, 2022
Avg: 3.9 (10 votes)
Your vote: 0

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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  • Very Dry
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      Cub Creek Trail Reports

      May 28, 2022 @ 8:23pm
      May 28, 2022
      Still a good bit of snow and slush with very wet trail in the last mile or so before north elk junction. Almost completely dry below the fence.
      May 7, 2022 @ 8:58am
      May 7, 2022
      Snowpacked at the top
      Jun 28, 2021 @ 2:02am
      Jun 28, 2021
      1 tree down about midway - could be removed with a hand saw
      Jun 6, 2021 @ 11:54am
      Jun 6, 2021
      Good to go all the way up
      May 28, 2021 @ 9:22pm
      May 28, 2021
      Still some snow beginning at the fence. One short section of running water.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 6 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 82 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      • 806 rides


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      Dec 11, 2021 @ 6:58pm
      Dec 11, 2021
      159 |
      Jun 14, 2020 @ 2:12am
      Jun 14, 2020
      120 |
      Jun 11, 2020 @ 12:21pm
      Jun 11, 2020
      126 |
      Jun 11, 2020 @ 12:20pm
      Jun 11, 2020

      Routes with this trail

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      8 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      chacou (Dec 12, 2018 at 12:57)
       Brutal climb, rowdy downhill. A good lollipop ride to test your endurance and skills.
      • + 1
      chacou (May 6, 2019 at 12:23)
       *meant to type "out-n-back" instead of lollipop
      • + 2
      roaming50 (Sep 4, 2019 at 7:25)
       It should be noted that while Trailforks shows this trail continuing west to the Wilderness boundary after the North Elk turnoff, there is actually a signpost showing no bikes beyond the turn. Perhaps this was changed when North Elk became rideable and the trailforks route was not updated.
      • + 1
      ibmkidIII COMBA (Sep 4, 2019 at 8:57)
       Yup, signage just went up a couple months ago, used to be open to the wilderness boundary for bikes. Nice update!
      • + 0
      RichardWTerry (May 1, 2020 at 18:30)
       May 1, 2020 Lots of snow up top, cant pass through. Wait till the 10th maybe.
      • + 3
      andy-legrunge (May 18, 2020 at 20:11)
       It’s not an excessively technical climb - there are clear lines through all the rough bits, and no trials chops or superhuman strength are required, just good balance and basic bike-handling skills. But, between the momentum-sapping DG down low, the relentless onslaught of rock and root gardens throughout, and the consistently demoralizing grade, this one makes you earn it. Bring your deepest set of lungs. And yeah, it’s a damn rowdy time coming down.
      • + 1
      davec113 (Aug 15, 2021 at 20:27)
       This trail has always featured a lot of loose rock, it's now deeper and looser than ever. Embedded rocks are getting taller. It's definitely not a good beginner trail, too loose and technical. It's very wide and has long sight lines in many places so it's possible to go really, really, really fast down the majority of this trail. It's awesome, you can ride all 1700 ft down in one blaze of glory if you have the legs. I walked uphill more than ever, brutal climb. This trail rewards a big bike, I think a long travel enduro bike would be the most fun at this point, but you'd be fine on a smaller bike... it's not excessively difficult, it's just possible to achieve warp speeds, also very easy to damage wheels. The first time you climb it you don't realize how well it rides on the dh and how fast you can go... because you're too busy suffering. Wink
      • - 1
      3eYDok (Oct 15, 2021 at 21:05)
       Challenging yet rewarding climb, not many impossible obstacles but the rocks are constant. I would not call the uphill fun unless you are really in the mood to push your legs and your technical riding ability. The trail rides horribly on the descent and I would not call it rowdy. This trail is pure chunk and not a lot of fun to ride down, very few good rock drops or areas you can keep your speed up and you feel like you have been on a jack hammer when you get to the bottom.


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