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A short and casual ride, perfect for those after-work excursions.


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11.0

Miles

17.7

KM

95%

Singletrack

5,796' 1,767 m

High

5,442' 1,659 m

Low

957' 292 m

Up

957' 292 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

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Overview

Blue Sky is a very casual ride with great flow over lightly rolling terrain. It's essentially all singletrack with only one section of steps that most people will walk, though advanced riders can usually figure out a line. The Indian Summer loop adds a couple miles and a few hundred feet of climbing, and together they make for a perfect after-work ride that keeps you coming back again and again.

Note that Blue Sky does have quite a number of blind turns and the trail can be quite popular on weekends, so be careful.

Need to Know

Parking is run by Larimer County Parks, and is $9/day or yearly passes are available (find info here). There is an outhouse and water fountain. The parking lot closes at dusk.

Description

From the parking lot, you'll find the trailhead near the outhouse which you'll take to the right. Continue straight on the obvious trail and you'll go through an underpass around half a mile in.

At about 3.5 miles you'll hit the intersection with the Rim Rock trail. Continue straight (right) on Blue Sky to descend towards Indian Summer. Watch your speed, as the bottom of this descent turns somewhat sharply to the right on usually very loose sand.

When the singletrack becomes road, follow this to the left for about half a mile before the trail continues on the right. Shortly after you'll hit the Indian Summer intersection which you follow up to the right. This will climb up a few hundred feet on low-grade switchbacks before you get to descend back down on intermediate terrain.

At the bottom, you'll pop out where you initially turned left onto the road. Blue Sky continues straight ahead. Take this back to the trailhead.

Contacts

Shared By:

Ian Stewart with improvements by Mojie Nixon

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 133 votes

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Photos

The view facing east.
Jul 20, 2013 near Loveland, CO
Lots to be said for a morning ride out to Indian Summer.
Jul 23, 2016 near Loveland, CO
Rainy day on the Blue Sky Trail.
Oct 8, 2015 near Loveland, CO
Be alert for rattlesnakes on this trail.  This one was kind of aggressive.
Aug 13, 2014 near Loveland, CO
Headed north back to the Blue Sky parking lot.
Mar 10, 2016 near Loveland, CO
Looking south towards Indian Summer Loop.
Aug 28, 2016 near Loveland, CO
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Check-Ins

Jan 24, 2024
Daniel Hartwig
Open but muddy. Best to wait a few more days.
Oct 4, 2023
Daniel Domenick
Best flow lines at horsetooth — 2h 30m
Jun 19, 2023
Harry Barnes
Hot, bailed on loop. — 1h 32m
Apr 21, 2023
Lisa Bartner
11mi
Jul 22, 2022
Kim Clemons
Great ride! Killer climbs in some places. 7mi — 1h 30m
May 22, 2022
T Broekemeier
The only technical section of the trail has been essentially leveled and is no longer a challenge, so sad.
May 7, 2022
Stefan Feider
Apr 15, 2022
Billy Ross
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