Johnny Behind the Rocks Trails - Johnny Draw to Red Ridge

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Rank: #1 in the Johnny Behind the Rocks Trails area
#5 in WY, #221 Overall
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Featured Ride in the area near Lander,
“A beautiful, short, hilly 3-season loop through sagebrush, sandstone, and junipers.”
Darran Wells on Apr 6, 2013
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4.37.0 milesKilometers 660’201 m Ascent 6,024’1,836 m High 6% Avg Grade (3°)
95% Singletrack -661’-201 m Descent 5,669’1,728 m Low 18% Max Grade (10°)
One of the Bureau of Land Management's "Backyard to Backcountry" treasures, this trail was developed between the Lander Cycling Club and the Lander, WY BLM office to provide world-class riding experiences.

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Johnny Behind the Rocks (JBR) is the best 3-season cross country MTB trail system near Lander, WY. Home to the annual August MTB race, The Jurassic Classic, the JBR trails wind through pinion pines and junipers along draws and ridges with stunning views of the Wyoming Rockies. Great early and late season riding when the mountains are still too muddy.
Need To Know
Watch out for horses on the trail when you see trailers in the parking lot. Keep gate closed. For a longer ride, include the 1 mile out and back Johnny Falls Trail or the Johnny on Top ridge trail.
This short loop heads up Johnny Draw, climbing good singletrack for a mile to a big open saddle, then winding down and up through sandstone and junipers for another mile to the intersection of 3 trails and a doubletrack.

Turn left at the intersection and descend a fast but occasionally sandy .5 mile section to another intersection.

Turn left again, ascending a short sandy singletrack gut buster for 250 yards to another doubletrack intersection. Turn right and continue climbing for 250 yards to gain the Red Ridge. Wind through Junipers for 1/2 mile to the gentle ridge summit. From here the fun is non-stop as you descend a narrow ridgeline for 1.5 miles with beautiful 360 views all the way back to the parking lot.
History & Background
Johnny Draw is the original trail at JBR. All other trail segments were built since 2000 by mountain bikers for mountain bikers.

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A fun backcountry loop with some sections of excellent singletrack.
near Lander, WY
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One of the best backcountry loops you'll find in Wyoming.
near Lander, WY
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A paved switchback road climb to wonderful fast singletrack with steep techni...
near Lander, WY

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PHOTOS of Johnny Behind the Rocks Trails - Johnny Draw to Red Ridge
  5.0 from 3 votes
Johnny Draw trail is a valley route with lots of sage meadows. (Lander, WY)
  5.0 from 3 votes
Golden light on the Johnny Draw trail. (Lander, WY)
  5.0 from 3 votes
The last descent on the southern end of Red Ridge trail. (Lander, WY)
  5.0 from 3 votes
Somewhere near the high point of Red Ridge trail with stellar views all ... (Lander, WY)
  4.8 from 4 votes
Great views and moderate exposure on the Red Ridge trail. (Lander, WY)
  4.3 from 3 votes
The bottom end of Johnny Draw trail near the main trailhead and parking ... (Lander, WY)
  4.0 from 1 vote
Beginning of descent after saddle. (Hudson, WY)
  3.5 from 2 votes
On the climb to the saddle. (Hudson, WY)
  3.0 from 3 votes
View to South from Red Ridge summit. Southern Wind River Mountains in ba... (Hudson, WY)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Descending Red Ridge toward parking lot. Fast and beautiful. (Hudson, WY)
  2.7 from 3 votes
View of the Red Ridge connector trail at the 4 corners intersection. (En... (Hudson, WY)
  2.0 from 3 votes
Parking lot view from highway. (Hudson, WY)
  2.0 from 3 votes
Looking up the 2 track which leads to Red Ridge. This intersection is ca... (Hudson, WY)