Raiders Ridge

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  3.5 from 6 votes
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Rank: #29 in the Durango area
#652 in CO, #5,730 Overall
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Trail in the area near Durango,
“Technical singletrack running directly up the spine of Raiders Ridge”
Jeff Moon on Jul 7, 2013
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1.82.8 milesKilometers 696’212 m Ascent 7,485’2,281 m High 8% Avg Grade (5°)
Singletrack Type -63’-19 m Descent 6,791’2,070 m Low 36% Max Grade (20°)
Raiders Ridge looms to the east of Durango. The west face overlooking town is so steep that only hiking trails provide access. For example, there is no way to get from Powerline Trail directly up onto the ridge.

Riders can reach the ridge top in two ways. From the north, take Skyline Trail to Extended Ridge. From the east, take Horse Gulch Road then Wilke's Way will climb relatively gradually to intersect Raiders Ridge. Snake Charmer is a good downhill off the ridge.

Once on top, the deformed sandstone provides nonstop chunky goodness. Downhill from north to south is most fun, but it's quite possible to do an up-and-back workout if you are willing to walk.

This is an excellent place to go if you want to do a quick technical ride right near town. Would not recommend for a beginning rider and full suspension is desirable. It is relentlessly rough with some exposed sections. Extended Ridge is even steeper, narrower, and rougher.
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PHOTOS of Raiders Ridge
  2.7 from 3 votes
At this point on the trail it is a good idea to hang a hard right. Most ... (Durango, CO)
  2.7 from 3 votes
First section features lots of slickrock (Durango, CO)
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View of Durango from ridge (Durango, CO)
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While there are few distinct steps, the deformed sandstone provides exte... (Durango, CO)
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One of many Durango overlooks (Durango, CO)
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One of the smoother sections of sandstone plates (Durango, CO)
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Rolling slickrock overlooking Horse Gulch / Telegraphy valley (Durango, CO)