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Ginny Trail via Powerline Trail

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 3.8 (65) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great technical challege with scenery to make it worth the work.


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9.4

Miles

15.2

KM

85%

Singletrack

6,997' 2,133 m

High

5,433' 1,656 m

Low

1,609' 491 m

Up

1,605' 489 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Watch out for other trail users including equestrian riders. Ascent up Powerline Trail is uphill only, so no turning back.

Overview

In 2000 the Bobcat Gulch fire burned much of what is now the Bobcat Ridge Natural Area. The land is now managed by The City of Fort Collins who have built some excellent trails. Ginny Trail is one of the best kept secrets on The Northern Colorado Front Range.

The climb up Powerline Trail is a doubletrack/fire road through the remnants of the trees left by the Bobcat Gulch fire. At some point during the climb, most people have doubts on whether the effort will be worth it. Fear not, the view looking into Rocky Mountain National Park at the top will affirm that it has all been worth it.

The Views from the top are still just a bonus to the roughly 1700' of technical descent that will get you back to the parking lot. There is an excellent balance between being challenging enough for the veteran riders while not so discouraging to the intermediate riders that they will only remember the parts they walked. The City of Fort Collins has built some skinny logs, bridges, and some fine singletrack overall.

Need to Know

Like most of Colorado, mid-afternoon summers see frequent isolated thunderstorms. Instead of taking Powerline Trail up do Ginny Trail as an out-and-back for an extra challenge.

Description

Head west (toward the mountains) out of the parking lot. When you reach dirt, turn right and ride until you hit the dirt road that should be labelled "Powerline Trail". Go west on Powerline Trail, it will get steep. Go past the sign warning you that the trail is uphill only (for bikes) and that there are "Hazardous sections ahead".

Once things begin to flatten out, you'll reach a T in the trail with singletrack heading in both directions. Don't go right - it is a hiking trail only. To the left is the beginning of Ginny Trail. After a short flat section, you'll begin the final ascent. While this climb is far less steep then Powerline Trail, it is more technical.

When you reach the top you'll traverse across the back side of the mountain and be treated to some great views of Rocky Mountain National Park to the west. When the trail begins to turn back to the east, stop and take a picture.

Now the fun begins, 99.5% of the ride from here is downhill. Watch for alternate lines, skinnys, and rock drops, for added fun. The trail is usually not busy and it's generally wide open so it's easy to see approaching hikers and uphill riders. The trail takes you straight back to the parking lot as long as you keep you bike pointed downhill.

Contacts

Shared By:

Brook Mooney with improvements by Ben Emmert-Aronson

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 65 votes

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Photos

Looking east from Ginny Trail, enjoy the view before tackling the descent.
Feb 26, 2017 near Loveland, CO
Dropping IT!  On the Ginny Trail.
May 14, 2015 near Loveland, CO
Riding some skinnies on Ginny!
Jun 12, 2017 near Loveland, CO
Being humbled on Ginny.
May 6, 2019 near Loveland, CO
The climb up Powerline Trail is worth it for the Ginny downhill that follows!
Jun 12, 2017 near Bellvue, CO
Bobcat Ridge.
Nov 1, 2016 near Loveland, CO

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May 30, 2020
Ryan Muchmore
May 15, 2020
Bob Rafferty
Down hill was a blast!! 9.4mi
May 9, 2020
Josh Schuler
Aug 1, 2019
Nick Larson
fun! and quite challenging 9.4mi — 1h 41m
Jul 25, 2019
Andrew Winslow
Epic downhill 9.4mi — 2h 23m
Jun 25, 2019
Bryant P
May 18, 2019
Chance Carpenter
absolutely miserable climb for a pretty rewarding downhill 9.4mi
May 15, 2019
Andrew Kuiken
valley loop to Ginny up and down. limited by time. Ginny still sucks. 7mi