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Ginny Trail via Powerline Trail

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9.4 Miles 15.2 Kilometers



1,609' 491 m


-1,605' -489 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (18°)

6,997' 2,133 m


5,433' 1,656 m


Shared By Brook Mooney



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

Brook Mooney

Dogs No Dogs

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


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.


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.


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Feb 3, 2019
Bruce F
Really windy on the traverse to the start of the ginny dh. 10mi
Jan 21, 2019
Elena Diaz
Oct 21, 2018
Jonathan J. Jenkins
Nice and dry 9.1mi
Sep 22, 2018
Jeff Bruce
Sep 21, 2018
Phil Massie
Jul 14, 2018
Hans Peter
Great views, lots of wildflowers, but HOT up there. 9.9mi
Jun 12, 2018
Elliot Ross
Ooooof 9.1mi
Jun 9, 2018
Aaron Turner

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Onies Heckart
Onies Heckart   Laramie
Overview says to watch out for dogs - there is actually a no-dog policy. Not even hiking on a leash. Leave poor pupper at home. We drove a long way to learn this - hope this saves someone some time and a little aggravation. Apr 10, 2017
Brett Williams
Fort Collins, CO
Brett Williams   Fort Collins, CO
I use to ride this once a year for the pain factor (oof that climb) and the scenery (surreal). But if you get a beefy enough bike the Ginny descent turns from frustrating/scary to awesome. This is one of my favorite area rides now. But leave the hardtail at home. Jun 30, 2017
The climb is absolutely brutal, but the technical downhill and multiple lines are worth it. Sep 22, 2018

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