1.2 miles
Distance
357 ft
Climb
00:19:32
Avg time

Upper Wapiti Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Heil Valley Ranch
    Lyons, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (3 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #5913 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #21633 in Trail Running
    • #25961 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 75 in Hiking
  • Land Owner
    Boulder County Parks & Open Space

Voted one of the best after-work trails in Boulder County (well, by just one dude who wrote this), and also one of the most filling-removing trails in Boulder County by everyone with a hardtail bike, Wapiti is an action-packed, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride. No, it's not the Lower Bitterbrush over at Hall Ranch. But, yes, it's full of amazing turns, little technical bits, and some amazing Easter eggs (wee little jumpy bits on the edge of the trail). This trail is a fairly steady, but not too steep climb on the way up with a few exciting rock ledges to get up and over. From here you can connect to the Ponderosa Loop and Wild Turkey Trails. On the way down, keep your eyes up and stay in control. This trail is super popular with a variety of crowds (bikes, hikers, and even the equestrians love this trail). On a good day, the downhill is amazing. On a not-so-good day, you'll be stopping to say hello every 30 seconds or so (told ya people like this trail). The surface is a combination of dirt and well-laid out rocks. With a five-inch travel bike (or more) it's a blast. On an XC race by, prepare to have your hands take a beating

Disclaimer

Wapiti is open as an out-and-back from the Ponderosa Trail. The southern portion of the park along with the southern portion of Wapiti, Overland & Schoolhouse will remain closed through Spring 2022.

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More Stats for Upper Wapiti mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    357 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,347 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,704 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,347 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,703 ft
  • Grade
    5.5%
  • Grade max
    1.2%
  • Grade min
    15.9%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Avg time
    00:19:32
  • Avg reverse time
    00:09:43
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on May 19, 2024
Avg: 3.55 (17 votes)
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      Upper Wapiti Trail Reports

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      May 19, 2024 @ 12:58pm
      May 19, 2024
      Trail is open. Please update conditions if you ride
      May 14, 2024 @ 5:15pm
      May 14, 2024
      Closed for muddy conditions. it's all closed man. Sucks.
      Apr 27, 2024 @ 7:49am
      Apr 27, 2024
      Trail closed for muddy conditions. Status will be updated when trail reopens
      Apr 24, 2024 @ 9:33pm
      Apr 24, 2024
      Muddy and rutty in spots. The mud is goopy and the puddles are deep.
      Apr 12, 2024 @ 6:58pm
      Apr 12, 2024
      It might be best to avoid this trail for the weekend. Mostly dry except a few sections of ruts/mud that are getting pretty deep along with a few...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 19 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 135 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
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      • 3,899 rides
      • Last: May 27, 2024

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