3 miles
745 ft
-1,069 ft
Avg time
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Mule Details

  • Riding area
    Monument, Colorado
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    DH, AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Global Ranking

Start at the trailhead for the Mt Herman summit Trail 716, off of Mt Herman road. Put your bike in granny gear and leave it there for the next 15-20 minutes while you slog up some nice singletrack. After 0.1 miles fork left (right goes to MH Summit), pass a fire pit and climb up the drainage to a crest on the ridge. You'll know you've reached the top when you see a tee-pee type structure in the middle of the trail.

Go straight for 30m and hop up on a boulder to enjoy the views and catch your breath. Then go back to the teepee and crank north on the Mule trail as it contours the west side of the ridge for a little over a mile. Several spurs come off the trail, explore if you have energy, or stick to the main trail if you are still recovering from the climb.

Pass a few strange rock circles (you'll know what I mean when you see them) and stop your bike. Drop your seat and let at least 5psi out of your tires, then charge down the switchbacks to meet up with Limbaugh Canyon Trail. This decent alternates between amazing and insane thanks to our world famous decomposed granite (aka gravel).

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More Stats for Mule mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -324 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,838 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,739 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,162 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,838 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    960 ft
  • Avg time
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on May 18, 2017
Avg: 4 (2 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to mule trailhead (39.071180, -104.932120)
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Mule Trail Reports

May 18, 2017 @ 6:37am
May 18, 2017
Apr 23, 2017 @ 4:31pm
Apr 23, 2017
Mar 8, 2017 @ 9:56pm
Mar 8, 2017
Small snow patches. Ice at very end.
Feb 5, 2017 @ 10:16pm
Feb 5, 2017
The first 2/3 are mostly dry. Last 1/3 varies between snow pack and ice due to north face and valley location. Two downed trees on northern...
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