Blue Sky to Indian Summer

 29 votes

10.7 Miles 17.2 Kilometers

95%

Singletrack

1,034' 315 m

Ascent

-1,035' -315 m

Descent

5,799' 1,767 m

High

5,441' 1,658 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

All Clear

5,799' 1,767 m

High

5,441' 1,658 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

A short and casual ride, perfect for those after-work excursions.

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Blue Sky is a very casual ride with great flow over lightly rolling terrain. It's essentially all singletrack with only one section of steps that most people will walk, though advanced riders can usually figure out a line. The Indian Summer loop adds a couple miles and a few hundred feet of climbing, and together they make for a perfect after-work ride that keeps you coming back again and again.

Note that Blue Sky does have quite a number of blind turns and the trail can be quite popular on weekends, so be careful.

Need To Know

Parking is run by Larimer County Parks, and is $7/day or yearly passes are available (starting at $75/year). There is an outhouse and water fountain. The parking lot closes at dusk.

Description

From the parking lot, you'll find the trailhead near the outhouse which you'll take to the right. Continue straight on the obvious trail and you'll go through an underpass around half a mile in.

At about 3.5 miles you'll hit the intersection with the Rim Rock trail. Continue straight (right) on Blue Sky to descend towards Indian Summer. Watch your speed, as the bottom of this descent turns somewhat sharply to the right on usually very loose sand.

When the singletrack becomes road, follow this to the left for about half a mile before the trail continues on the right. Shortly after you'll hit the Indian Summer intersection which you follow up to the right. This will climb up a few hundred feet on low-grade switchbacks before you get to descend back down on intermediate terrain.

At the bottom, you'll pop out where you initially turned left onto the road. Blue Sky continues straight ahead. Take this back to the trailhead.

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Sep 9, 2016
Tim Young
Jul 23, 2016
Jason Hatch
10.7mi — 1h 30m Delete
May 13, 2016
Brett Stadsvold
May 5, 2016
Charlie Stump
10.7mi — 1h 09m Delete
Apr 2, 2016
Judy Hay
Nov 3, 2015
Jared Crockett
Had to come back this week with my buddy. Trail is a little loose, especially in the places where the trail crew has worked. 10.7mi — 1h 30m Delete
Oct 27, 2015
Jared Crockett
Really great ride! Not quite long enough though, so I did Indian Summer twice, once in each direction. 12.7mi Delete
Oct 15, 2015
Charlie Stump
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  4.1 from 29 votes

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