4 miles
Distance
645 ft
Climb
-1,233 ft
Descent
00:52:42
Avg time

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Golden Gate Canyon State Park
    Coal Creek, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #20960 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 80 in E-Biking
    • 65 in Trail Running
    • 90 in Hiking

One the best descents in the immediate Front Range area. Mt Lion is best ridden in a clockwise direction, parking at either the Nott Creek or Bridge Creek. Climb the single-track along until you hit the 1st intersection, with Burro trail.
Continue straight on the double-track, keeping right at the Buffalo Connector trail. After a short descent & small grind, you'll be greeted with a view of an old homestead.
Keep right on Mt Lion & continue to climb the jeep road, which eventually turns into single-track and gets much steeper & looser. Once you hit the saddle, your reward awaits: 2.2 miles of rock-strewn single-track that descends along Nott Creek, crossing it a several times. Lots of rocks, but nothing very steep on your way down.
At your final creek crossing, the trail changes into an access road for one final grunt. After passing the high point on the road & begin descending, keep an eye on the left for the final bit of single-track leading back to the Nott creek lot.

Access Info

Either pay a $7 daily user fee, or display your CO Parks pass for parking within the park boundaries.

More Stats for Mountain Lion (Upper) mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -588 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,629 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,860 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,475 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,887 ft
  • Grade
    -3.1%
  • Grade max
    -50.6%
  • Grade min
    41.1%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    299 ft
  • Avg time
    00:52:42
  • Avg reverse time
    00:56:17
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Status:
on Oct 17, 2020
Very Dry
Avg: 4 (4 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Radar Time
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      beubeux (May 16, 2020 at 16:49)
       Ride West to East, not the direction proposed by Trailforks. The climb at the beginning is steep, rocky and loose, expect to hike a bike a lot. The downhill is overall fun, very rocky though, a lot of bridges to cross the river. And so many hikers!
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