Devil's Backbone Loop

 15 votes

13.1 Miles 21.1 Kilometers

100%

Singletrack

1,297' 395 m

Ascent

-1,293' -394 m

Descent

5,796' 1,767 m

High

5,079' 1,548 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

All Clear

5,796' 1,767 m

High

5,079' 1,548 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

More technical than strenuous, some very rocky sections.

Building Map
Loading Map Data
Map Settings
Featured Ride
Trail

Overview

45 minutes from Boulder, this trail is an interesting diversion. It follows a hogback, and some of the trail is build on layers of off-canter, crumbling sedimentary rock.

You'll ride Indian Summer and Blue Sky on this loop as well.

Description

Devils Backbone Trail starts as an easy gradual climb from the free parking area north of Highway 34. Go around the footbridges using the bypass trails and travel through a fence. The trail continues to climb with a few small rock obstacles.

Stay to the right at the first split (hikers only to the left). Stay to the right where the trails meet back up and climb a steep hill with a few switchbacks and water bars. Most riders will have to push up a few of the technical sections.

3/4 of the way up the climb the trail splits. Stay to the right (hikers and horses to the left) and the trails rejoin in 1/2 a mile or so. The trail then turns into a gradual climb with a few rocky sections.

The trail splits again at around mile 2.5. Both trails are very rocky however the trail to the right (east) is more difficult and will require most riders to push a few sections. The trails meet back up after 1/2 mile or so and climb to the top of the ridge.

You'll then ride a portion of Blue Sky. This trail is less technical, and flows very well. Most riders will thoroughly enjoy this fun section of the ride. Finally, you'll hook up with Indian Summer loop. This one is also smoother singletrack with less extreme pitch - great for intermediate riders.

Once you round the loop, you'll head back down and retrace your steps.

Contacts

Rate Featured Ride


   Clear

3.6 from 15 votes


Get On-Trail Navigation

Send to Phone
Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

Sep 24, 2016
Eric JG
1:40 including breaks. Approach trail is super fun. Top section is less technical than it looks... But looks very intimidating to newbies.
Sep 4, 2016
Raúl Gross
Just wanted to get in a few more miles after riding Ginny. 6.5mi
Aug 5, 2016
Trent McNamara
Nice ride. Has some pretty tough sections. But once you drop down into the valley it's a ton of fun. 10mi — 2h 30m
Aug 2, 2016
Rene Retana
Half way. Allergies kicked in
Jul 22, 2016
Trent McNamara
Tons of fun. Loved it. I made it a little past where the blue section of the trail starts. The green section is easy and a lot of fun! Berms help a... 2.2mi
May 31, 2016
Matt Drage
May 20, 2016
Jared Crockett
Great ride with wide range of terrain. The east half of Laughing horse loop is brutal, I could hear him laughing at me! 11.7mi — 1h 45m
May 15, 2016
randy kleiner

Stewarded By


Trail Ratings

  3.6 from 14 votes

#1

in Loveland

#947

Overall
  3.6 from 14 votes
1 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
3 Star
43%
4 Star
57%
5 Star
0%
Rankings

#1

in Loveland

#149

in Colorado

#947

Overall
154 Views Last Month
3,148 Since Nov 20, 2013
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

0%
10%
20%
70%
0%
0%

Conditions


All Clear on Sep 5, 2016

Forecasting the weather...

Comments

MTB Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Mountain Bike

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter