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Shield's Gulch Loop

Intermediate
 3.5 (19) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A loop of 60% fire road / 40% singletrack with periodic views of the Collegiate Range.


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11.5

Miles

18.4

KM

40%

Singletrack

9,356' 2,852 m

High

8,447' 2,575 m

Low

1,055' 321 m

Up

1,054' 321 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

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Overview

Also known as Midland 376A Loop, this loop is rideable in either direction and is mapped here riding clockwise from the noted parking lot. As mapped, it's about 6 miles on fire road up and into the interior of the Fourmile area with periodic views of the Collegiate Range. There are a few intersections, so watch the course as you go.

After the 6 miles of fire roads, you connect onto a singletrack section of the Midland Bike Trail Out and Back to return to the parking lot.

This loop offers a decent work-out on fire roads followed by a mostly non-technical singletrack return.

Description

Riding the loop clockwise, begin from the noted parking lot and make an almost immediate left onto fire road 376A (the Midland Bike Trail Out and Back continues straight at this point). Climb this fire road for about 4 miles and enjoy the various places with views behind you. Near the top, you'll come to an intersection and make a right onto fire road 376 for about 1/10 mile through an open camping area, then make a right onto fire road 315 for the fast descent into Shield's Gulch for 2 miles.

Near the bottom, but not at the bottom, look for a trail sign with a small singletrack trail splitting off and up to the right. This very short connector leads you into the "Back" section of the Midland Bike Trail Out and Back, which is where the singletrack begins and continues along an overall slightly downward grade. While mostly smooth singletrack, there are a handful of short/steep/technical climbs/descents over this 4+ mile return to the parking lot where you began.

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Jason Lampenrider

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 19 votes

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  3.5 from 19 votes
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Photos

"Don't feed the Rocky Mountain Elephant"
Jul 16, 2018 near Buena V…, CO
Great drop with smooth landing that can be ridden small or large.
Oct 28, 2019 near Buena V…, CO
Riding through a narrow gulch along the trail
Jul 27, 2013 near Buena V…, CO
Wonderful views along this section
Jul 16, 2013 near Buena V…, CO
Bacon Bits junction with Old Midland Cutoff
Oct 23, 2017 near Buena V…, CO
Just a quick selfie before I sick roll in!
Jun 14, 2020 near Buena V…, CO

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Jun 12, 2020
Jen Nazzaro
Fistful of Dollars > Service Road > Midland > Bacon Bits > Sausage Link > Django 18mi
Sep 14, 2019
Matt Kniess
11.5mi
Aug 31, 2019
Ryan Goetz
Jul 7, 2019
lukasz drogowski
11.5mi — 1h 36m
May 31, 2019
Ryan Hanold
Fun trail. A somewhat challenging climb, super rewarding downhill, and some technical tight singletrack spots that make it a complete ride. 11.5mi — 3h 10m
May 25, 2019
Kendra Frederick
11.5mi — 1h 30m
Sep 2, 2018
Ryan Goetz
Aug 20, 2018
John Swartley