Midland Bike Trail Out and Back

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8.5 Miles 13.6 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

454' 138 m

Ascent

-454' -138 m

Descent

8,717' 2,657 m

High

8,452' 2,576 m

Low

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Unknown

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A mostly easy singletrack trail following a former railroad track.

Jason Lampenrider

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This Ride is a mostly flat out and back, smoooth and easy singletrack trail, with a handful of quick, but steep and technical sections.

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The trail profile gives the illusion that this trail is steep, but you probably won't even notice the gradual climb of 300 feet over 4 miles on your way out, and the gradual 4 mile descent on the return. You'll be busy enjoying carving your way along the smooth singletrack through everything from wide open terrain with great views to very narrow gulches as you follow a section of the former Midland Railroad.

It's generally easy and smooth singletrack, but where the train bridges have been removed, you'll find your way around up/down, surprisingly technical terrain requiring short bursts of energy and good line choosing skills to successfully navigate your way.

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Sep 25, 2016
Noah Rabinowitz
Sep 10, 2016
Brandon Dittman
Aug 30, 2015
sean mccon
Did as loop with some two track link ups. Ride up to Shields Gulch and down to Midland rail bed. Great, much needed reroutes!! Thanks BLM. 12mi
Aug 4, 2015
Devin Madigan
Apr 15, 2015
Ben Calvert
Mar 28, 2015
Nyles Strey

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  3.3 from 6 votes

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An interesting ride that combines short fast gravel grind type sections over old railroad beds and several detour sections where the railroad bridges have been removed. The flat sections are very beginner while the detours are more technical and are beginner-intermediate with some intermediate and one hike-a-bike for most riders. Overall, this is a solid trail for the beginner rider to gain confidence on more technical riding. Great views of collegiate peaks. Sep 13, 2016


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