3 miles
Distance
816 ft
Climb
-17 ft
Descent
00:32:32
Avg time

Wapiti Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Heil Valley Ranch
    Lyons, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #14393 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 65 in Trail Running
    • 65 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    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

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Wapiti mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    800 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,910 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,714 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,914 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,714 ft
  • Grade
    5.993%
  • Grade max
    -22.335%
  • Grade min
    96.436%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    793 ft
  • Distance flat
    371 ft
  • Avg time
    00:32:32
  • Avg reverse time
    00:16:02
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Status:
on Aug 6, 2020
Dry
Avg: 3.65 (12 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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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
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Wapiti Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Aug 6, 2020 @ 3:14pm
      2 days
      Jul 6, 2020 @ 10:56pm
      Jul 6, 2020
      Some of the rocks were kicked up in places, but overall trail is running great
      Jul 6, 2020 @ 10:56pm
      Jul 6, 2020
      A blast to ride! Some of the rocks were kicked up in spots, but otherwise awesome!
      Jun 25, 2020 @ 5:21pm
      Jun 25, 2020
      Recent moisture has reduced dust.
      Jun 23, 2020 @ 4:31pm
      Jun 23, 2020
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 15 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 428 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      All
      • 2,123 rides
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      Photos

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      30 |
      Dec 23, 2019 @ 1:36pm
      Dec 23, 2019
      40 |
      Sep 1, 2019 @ 9:10am
      Sep 1, 2019
      95 |
      Feb 14, 2017 @ 7:57pm
      Feb 14, 2017
      339 |
      Jun 4, 2013 @ 10:07pm
      Jun 4, 2013

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      Trail Products

      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag samlivi (Aug 25, 2019 at 15:12)
       Great trail but it's rocky
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag provin1327 (Jun 3, 2020 at 14:30)
       More of a blue black than a blue since it's such a rocky and technical trail.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag provin1327 (Jul 7, 2020 at 10:30)
       Some trail work has been done just past the intersection with the fire road. BMA and Boulder County have been installing side hits and rock jumps along the trail.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag getvert (Jul 7, 2020 at 11:44)
       The side hits and rock jumps were totally due to Boulder Mountainbike Alliance advocating for AND organizing the volunteer work events required to build them, and help maintain Wapiti. Sign-up here to help build more! >>> www.bouldermountainbike.org/trail-building
      [Reply]

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