Home Sign in with Facebook
or Login with Email

BEST OF PHOTOS iPHONE / ANDROID FORUM DEALS search

Rim Trail

Consensus:    (details)
 4.0 from 5 votes
  Intermediate from 1 vote
Rank: #47 in the Aspen and Snowmass area
#201 in Colorado
#1,428 Overall
Condition:
unknown
Trail near Snowmass Village,  area, 
“A good climb to amazing views on smooth intermediate singletrack.”
Nick Wilder on Sep 10, 2013
Getting There     GPX File     Print
7.612.3 milesKilometers 1,047’319 m Ascent 9,191’2,801 m High 6.8% Avg Grade
Singletrack Type -1,770’-539 m Descent 7,899’2,408 m Low 13.6% Max Grade
Restrictions
North Rim Trail (north of Sinclair Rd.) is closed December 1 - May 15 for elk.
Description
Generally done clockwise as a loop (see the Rim Trail Loop ride), this one starts off with a 700' vertical climb. The trail is well-built for bikes though, with widely-rounded switchbacks and a very smooth surface, so it's a very enjoyable climb. It's pretty exposed to the southern sun, so it could be quite hot on a warm sunny day.

Once at the top, take a left and go 100 yards to the high point and enjoy the remarkable 360 degree view.

Return those 100 yards, then continue on slightly descending, fast and fun singletrack right along the rim. There are occasional breaks in the trees that are worth stopping for and taking a peek.

More fun descending, sometimes through forest, takes you to a saddle point and a road crossing. This is a bailout option if you're in a hurry or tired. Otherwise, continue on, with some moderate climbing until you get to one final 400 climb.

Like the first climb, the surface is nice and it's well laid out for bikes, and it's over pretty fast. More great views from a bench at this high point.

Now it's a pure descent all the way to the car, and it's a blast: singletrack all the way through some aspens, but mostly sage meadows on nicely contoured trail. The views are astounding if you can take your eyes off the trail for a second. This final three quarter miles of trail (just after the final wood boardwalk / bridges) is a new trail extension constructed late summer 2014. This section is great swoopy fun, and brings you closer to the bikepath that leads to the Snowmass Recreation Center and Rodeo Lot trailhead.
View in 3D
Forecasting the weather...
COMMENTS
OTHER RIDES NEAR HERE
5.0 (4)
A tour of Snowmass ski area singletrack that continues to Aspen via the class...
near Snowmass Village, CO
5.0 (2)
A truly epic backcountry tour connecting Aspen to Basalt via dirt roads and s...
near Aspen, CO
4.8 (6)
A life-changing 485 mile ride on the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango.
near Columbine Valley, CO

YOU AND THIS RIDE
Your To-Do List: Not on it   Add it! | Your Full List »
Your Check-Ins:
-none-
Add a New Check-In | View All »
Your Opinion:
Stars:  
Difficulty: -none- Change to:
Share This Page
Improve This Page
Add Photo or Map Symbol
Edit Description or GPS track
PHOTOS of Rim Trail
 4.0 from 2 votes
Top of the climb up Rim Trail (Snowmass Village, CO)
 4.0 from 2 votes
Grinding up Rim Trail's second hill. (Snowmass Village, CO)
 4.0 from 2 votes
Climbing over - time to descend! (Snowmass Village, CO)
 3.3 from 3 votes
Lots of spots like this as you traverse across the top of the Rim Trail (Snowmass Village, CO)
 3.3 from 4 votes
Rim Trail (Snowmass Village, CO)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Beautiful section of the Rim Trail right before a fun descent! (Snowmass Village, CO)
 3.0 from 3 votes
View from the Rim Trail (Snowmass Village, CO)
© 2014 Adventure Projects, LLC | Contact | Terms | Privacy