3 miles
Distance
24 ft
Climb
-1,973 ft
Descent
00:29:28
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of South Boundary - Section 1 Trail

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  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #12293 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    USFS

I can't imagine biking up this section.
It's loose, rocky and pretty steep for 4 miles.
Unless you're pro, there would be several sections that were hike-a-bike.

Do yourself a favor and ride down this trail.
From FR 437, head down some tight switchbacks on to rockier and rockier trail.
Unless you know the trail, don't get going too fast. There's several sections of gnarly rocks covered in loose pebbles.
Also some sections drop off to the side, not some place you want to eat it.

That being said...go really fast.
It's a super fun and wild downhill segment switching between nice packed dirt trails and technical rock sections.
Watch for hikers as you get lower.

You'll hit a T-junction after almost a mile and a half of descent. Head striaght/right to gain a really nice overlook of the valley. Head back and take the left to keep going downhill.

This first corner 200 feet up is pretty gnarly, I was told to take the inside track and it was pretty tough, so I wouldn't want to try the outside line.

The trail gets a little less steep through here, but still keeps you on your toes.
As you ride across the side of the hill, the trail can drop off to the right.
Keep an eye out for high lines on the left. They tend to be way easier.
Several nasty rocks will catch you by surprise, so be ready.

Almost a mile after the overlook, the trail is getting close to the road again.
This is where it meets with the trail listed as Water Tank.

If you're headed down that, there are several different lines here you can take.
We took a right at the trail intersection, rather then head straight on Water Tank.
This section has some really nice big water bars you can launch off.
The trail can be covered in rocks, so don't forget to scope your line.

Down lower you can take another right and hop some some nice packed trail just before you hit the road.

More Stats for South Boundary - Section 1 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,950 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,315 ft
  • Altitude max
    9,265 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,265 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,315 ft
  • Grade
    -12.518%
  • Grade max
    -29.91%
  • Grade min
    7.001%
  • Distance climb
    506 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Avg time
    00:29:28
  • Avg reverse time
    00:41:42
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Status:
on Jul 5, 2019
Snow Covered
Avg: 4.8 (5 votes)

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  • Prevalent Mud
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  • 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
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      South Boundary -... Trail Reports

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      Jul 5, 2019 @ 9:54am
      Jul 5, 2019
      Jun 22, 2019 @ 10:31am
      Jun 22, 2019
      reporter
      Apr 26, 2019 @ 7:30pm
      Apr 26, 2019
      Snow above 8500 on north aspects, tree down below ojitos tie in
      Sep 13, 2018 @ 9:20am
      Sep 13, 2018
      1 down tree
      Jul 23, 2017 @ 4:48pm
      Jul 23, 2017
      Oh boy oh boy oh boy....
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 5 rides
      • 24 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 90 rides
      • 21 miles avg distance
      All
      • 146 rides
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      Jun 28, 2013 @ 9:50pm
      Jun 28, 2013
      228 |
      Jun 23, 2013 @ 2:49pm
      Jun 23, 2013

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Spencerrides (Apr 22, 2019 at 18:52)
       Top mile has unrideable snow on northern aspects, tree down right below junction with ojitos
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