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Belcher Hill

Consensus:    (details)
 3.1 from 11 votes
blueBlack  Intermediate/Difficult from 5 votes
Rank: #6 in the Marshall Mesa area
#569 in CO, #4,097 Overall
Views: 942. Last 30 days: 86
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Aug 13 Wet, light rain
Trail near Golden,  area, 
“A massive climb up the center of White Ranch Open space park.”
Matt Thoele on May 6, 2013
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4.57.3 milesKilometers 1,733’528 m Ascent 7,886’2,404 m High 9% Avg Grade (5°)
Singletrack Type -437’-133 m Descent 6,153’1,875 m Low 24% Max Grade (14°)
Overview
1:26 average ride time for 8.1 miles. Details

Description
There can be heavy hiker and equestrian traffic near on the bottom half of this trail. It starts at the East parking lot as you travel through 2 horse gates - please respect the horses. After the 2nd horse gate there is a very challenging rock garden. The trick is to keep your speed up.

The gradual climb from the rock garden to the stream crossing is very heavily trafficked by hikers, bikers and horses. Ride with caution.

Once at the stream you'll start a 1700+ vertical ascent over packed red rock, loose over hard pack, loose rock, gravel, and finally dirt with roots.

There are some steep sections (both up and down) that will challenge intermediates, particularly the large water bars.

On the descent there is an awesome double drop just west of the intersection with Wippletree trail.
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