3.8 miles
Distance
635 ft
Climb
-697 ft
Descent
00:35:10
Avg time

Rim Trail South Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Aspen
    , Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #1997 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 65 in Trail Running
    • 90 in Hiking

Generally done clockwise as a loop (see the Rim Trail Loop ride), this one starts off with a 700' vertical climb. The trail is well-built for bikes though, with widely-rounded switchbacks and a very smooth surface, so it's a very enjoyable climb. It's pretty exposed to the southern sun, so it could be quite hot on a warm sunny day.

Once at the top, take a left and go 100 yards to the high point and enjoy the remarkable 360 degree view.

Return those 100 yards, then continue on slightly descending, fast and fun singletrack right along the rim. There are occasional breaks in the trees that are worth stopping for and taking a peek.

More fun descending, sometimes through forest, takes you to a saddle point and a road crossing. This is a bailout option if you're in a hurry or tired. Otherwise, continue on, with some moderate climbing until you get to one final 400 climb.

Like the first climb, the surface is nice and it's well laid out for bikes, and it's over pretty fast. More great views from a bench at this high point.

Now it's a pure descent all the way to the car, and it's a blast: singletrack all the way through some aspens, but mostly sage meadows on nicely contoured trail. The views are astounding if you can take your eyes off the trail for a second. This final three quarter miles of trail (just after the final wood boardwalk / bridges) is a new trail extension constructed late summer 2014. This section is great swoopy fun, and brings you closer to the bikepath that leads to the Snowmass Recreation Center and Rodeo Lot trailhead.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Rim Trail South mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -61 ft
  • Altitude min
    8,515 ft
  • Altitude max
    9,171 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,614 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,553 ft
  • Grade
    -0.3%
  • Grade max
    -34.9%
  • Grade min
    42.9%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    988 ft
  • Avg time
    00:35:10
  • Avg reverse time
    00:44:50
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on Jul 21, 2021
Very Dry
Avg: 5 (3 votes)

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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 19 rides
      • 34 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 78 rides
      • 22 miles avg distance
      All
      • 445 rides
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      Jun 7, 2020 @ 12:34pm
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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      none-available (Jul 23, 2017 at 15:43)
       Really fun ride. Do it in reverse for a better time.
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