3 miles
Distance
266 ft
Climb
-1,222 ft
Descent
00:41:57
Avg time
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Schoolbus Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Magnolia
    Nederland, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Sometimes hard to follow
  • Season
    June-Nov
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #12303 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    USFS

This is currently the flagship trail in the Magnolia Trail system. Please access the top of this trail from Roots and Rocks or one of the several road crossings. Speeds are high descending and sight lines can be very short. I would describe this trail more as a blue/black rather than black but since that's not an option black is more appropriate. Starting from the "toilet bowl" (an old mine pit) on the 503 road at the top of the trail will give you the full downhill experience. The first mile or so is fast and fun with high speed corners and rutted rooty sections. When you get to the open field head down a double track to your right. Keep your eyes peeled on the left for a tight left turn a few hundred yards down (don't miss it or you'll end up in Rollinsville). Split the trees and gear down for a short steep climb to the top of the next fun descent. A small aspen section marks the beginning of a fun descent through mine pits, roots, rocks and loose fast corners. Continue your descent until you come to a couple of switchbacks (first one is armored and second is dirt berm). If you're looking for the bus stop at the dirt berm switchback, look uphill and wonder how they got it that far into the woods. Continue downhill into the section that parallels the drainage and keep your head up for riders coming up the trail as this section has very limited sight lines and is why the suggested direction is downhill only. Keep descending and you will connect with Hobbit 3.

Access Info

Roots and Rocks Trail from the top of Hobbit 3. Take a right when you hit the gravel road and continue up the road to the toilet bowl (old mine pit).

More Stats for Schoolbus bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -956 ft
  • Altitude min
    8,658 ft
  • Altitude max
    9,647 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,619 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,662 ft
  • Grade
    -5.259%
  • Grade max
    -30.807%
  • Grade min
    26.9%
  • Distance climb
    4,586 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    216 ft
  • Avg time
    00:41:57
  • Avg reverse time
    00:34:16
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on Aug 25, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4.4 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
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  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • 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
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
  • Other Other
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      Schoolbus Trail Reports

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      Aug 25, 2019 @ 9:41am
      Aug 25, 2019
      Jul 14, 2019 @ 10:01am
      Jul 14, 2019
      Jun 8, 2019 @ 7:46am
      Jun 8, 2019
      Oct 22, 2018 @ 4:14pm
      Oct 22, 2018
      Snow covered on upper portion
      Aug 18, 2018 @ 9:09am
      Aug 18, 2018
      The two downed trees at the start of the descent are stilp there. They are very obvious.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 8 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 129 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 298 rides
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      West Magnolia
      13 miles

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