4,406 ft
Distance
35 ft
Climb
-74 ft
Descent
00:06:43
Avg time
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Observatory Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Magnolia
    Nederland, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #36247 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    USFS - Boulder Ranger District

A loose and fast trail with a couple of quick turns through the woods. The sections between the lot and access road are wide, mostly loose-over-hard with a small amount of baseball sized rocks strewn about and some roots here and there. This eastern section of trail could really be considered "Green" or "Easy". The section of trail west of the access road the trail climbs over a small rise and connects with Lookout Trail. This section is significantly more chunky with some larger boulders and step downs. If you're only interested in riding the easier parts, veer off when the woods open up to the access road.

More Stats for Observatory mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -40 ft
  • Altitude min
    8,681 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,737 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,720 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,681 ft
  • Grade
    -0.9%
  • Grade max
    -16.8%
  • Grade min
    7.2%
  • Distance climb
    1,555 ft
  • Distance down
    2,031 ft
  • Distance flat
    663 ft
  • Avg time
    00:06:43
  • Avg reverse time
    00:09:56
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Status:
on Jun 7, 2020
Dry
Avg: 3 (5 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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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
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to observatory trailhead (39.946890, -105.517530)
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      Observatory Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Jun 7, 2020 @ 1:37pm
      Jun 7, 2020
      May 22, 2020 @ 8:21am
      May 22, 2020
      All snow on the trail is melted. One deep spot of mud before the elevated section of trail.
      May 9, 2020 @ 2:24pm
      May 9, 2020
      big drift near Short Stack jct
      May 4, 2020 @ 8:32am
      May 4, 2020
      Large snow drifts and a down tree near lower part of the trail
      Nov 15, 2019 @ 6:00pm
      Nov 15, 2019
      reporter Mostly icey, some dirt, some drifts. Fat bike helps, but not great fat biking conditions.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 4 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 161 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 153 rides
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