1.9 miles
Distance
350 ft
Climb
-331 ft
Descent
00:30:11
Avg time
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Upper Fifty Year Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
    #8855 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #81495 in Trail Running
    • #14565 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 65 in Trail Running
    • 80 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback

This trail starts with a sustained and sometimes technical climb, then after very briefly flattening out, continues climbing up a series of rock faces. The downhill winds through carved out chutes, over rock rolls (usually with ride around options), and over a number of difficult technical features and small drops. Keep an eye out for side lines and features. The landscape is beautiful. The trail can become rutted out after heavy rains.

To access this trail, drop into the chutes, but cut to the right almost immediately at the first fork. This will quickly take you the the base of the climbing portion of this trail. The trail is ridden almost exclusively in the clockwise direction, and is often combined with middlegate for a longer ride with similar character.

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More Stats for Upper Fifty Year bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    19 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,285 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,613 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,289 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,307 ft
  • Grade
    0.2%
  • Grade max
    -36.6%
  • Grade min
    29.7%
  • Distance climb
    5,194 ft
  • Distance down
    4,393 ft
  • Distance flat
    446 ft
  • Avg time
    00:30:11
  • Avg reverse time
    00:15:45
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Status:
on May 20, 2022
Very Dry
Avg: 4.15 (20 votes)
Your vote: 0

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
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  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Upper Fifty Year Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 8 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 344 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      All
      • 2,123 rides
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      Sep 22, 2018 @ 3:46pm
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      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      lisowski (Nov 2, 2016 at 22:42)
       This trail has an excellent variety of terrain and features, but is currently rutted out in places from rain and in need of some maintenance.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Paul33OT (Oct 25, 2019 at 15:26)
       Going clockwise, Watch out for the fence across the trail near the northernmost part of the trail just after passing "around the Mountain" Trail. It's after a tight corner and a bush mostly blocks early view of it, as of Oct 2019
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      AZ-1LE (Sep 25, 2021 at 8:07)
       Just rode this 9/24/2021 and I’d highly suggest long pants and long sleeve shirt, the overgrowth was pretty gnarly. Near the end where it splits off to the double black rock slab section, the main trail disappears into the brush and is very, very hard to follow. It is completely washed out and nearly unrideable, sadly. Needs a ton of work. Your only real rideable option is to do the big slabs which isn’t necessarily a bad thing Smile
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      Ampfrog (Nov 29, 2021 at 5:12)
       Wish I would have read this before heading out there! Bumped into another guy who had walked back and forth many times trying to find to trail. I started down 50-yr slabs, looked really nice, but then hiked back since my Wahoo nav said I was off. The two off us walked down the end of 50-yr north, it sucked. Just go down 50-yr slabs (even if you have to walk some). The SE end of this trail is completely overgown and ends in a wash of loose pea-gravel.
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