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Argos to Grubstake Loop

Consensus:    (details)
 3.3 from 6 votes
blue  Intermediate from 3 votes
Rank: #5 in the Denver area
#193 in CO, #1,478 Overall
Views: 1,560. Last 30 days: 126
Yellow
Condition:
Jun 8 Yellow - Mostly Dry, a couple muddy spots.
Featured Ride near West Pleasant View,  area, 
“A fun after work ride that includes a leg workout with a fast loop that will keep you on your toes.”
Chris Darr on Aug 9, 2013
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5.58.9 milesKilometers 1,133’345 m Ascent 7,177’2,188 m High 8% Avg Grade (4°)
95% Singletrack -1,132’-345 m Descent 6,169’1,880 m Low 26% Max Grade (15°)
Restrictions
One way on Argos trail (up only) on odd numbered calendar days.
Overview
1:16 average time for 7.3 miles. Details

This is really a combination of Argos, Pick'n Sledge, Grubstake loop and ending on the lower section of Apex.
Description
Start the uphill switchback grunt on Argos and turn right onto Pick'n Sledge at the first junction. Stay on this trail through a couple of rock features and continue straight at the junction with Grubstake to go clockwise (and take advantage of the downhill). Continue on Pick to the top of Indian Mountain where you can take a quick breather and check out the Denver metro area from the shade of the pines.

Ride on over the backside and turn sharp left onto Grubstake. It can be easy to miss if you're screaming along so a key marker is a sitting bench on your right. Another short and gentler uphill to a series of tight and somewhat technical downhill switchbacks with a nice roll back to the first Grubstake/Pick'n Sledge junction. Continue on back down the hill and onto Apex for a rewarding downhill (avoid the hikers and dogs!)

While there are a few rock sections and water bars, I wouldn't consider this continuously technical. Most flow very well and I'll bet if you got this far you can walk your bike over anything!
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COMMENTS
OTHER RIDES NEAR HERE
4.4 (11)
This technical front range ride is only possible on even numbered days but it...
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4.1 (87)
One of the better beginner/intermediate rides in the front range.
near Idaho Springs, Colorado
4.0 (3)
An epic tour of the trails on offer at Golden Gate State Park.
near Central City, Colorado

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PHOTOS of Argos to Grubstake Loop
 3.3 from 3 votes
Great front range ride. (Golden, Colorado)
 3.0 from 3 votes
A great view of the metro area where the trails meet! (Golden, Colorado)
 2.7 from 3 votes
The junction of Pick-n-Sledge and Grubstake loop on a sunny spring day (Golden, Colorado)
 2.3 from 4 votes
Slowed down for a rock drop before a switchback and got this! (Golden, Colorado)
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