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Elk Meadow/Bergen Peak Loop

 3.8 (46)
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Length

8.1 Miles 13.1 Kilometers


90%

Singletrack

Elevation

1,720' 524 m

Ascent

-1,721' -525 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

9,226' 2,812 m

High

7,557' 2,303 m

Low

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A loop around Elk Meadow Park with great climbs, downhill, and views.

Michael Lloyd

Overview [Suggest Changes]

This loop begins climbing gradually on well maintained, fairly smooth trails and then goes into a sustained climb through the forest with several technical, rocky sections. Then it goes into a fast downhill with more rocky sections and several tight switchbacks. Once out of the forest, it is a fast, flowing trail through the meadow and back to the trailhead.
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know [Suggest Changes]

Elk Meadow Park has two parking lots. Park at the lower one so you'll not have to end the ride on a climb back to your car.

Description [Suggest Changes]

Head out from the parking lot and take a left onto Sleepy "S" Trail. This trail is wide and well maintained with a few roots as it winds through ponderosa pines and provides great views of the meadow. This trail leads to Meadow View Trail where you'll take a right.

Note: When headed up Sleepy "S" Trail towards Meadow View Trail there is a cutoff, Elk Ridge Trail. That trail is a much more technical climb so I would not advise taking it though it appears shorter on a map.

Once at Meadow View Trail, it is a quick, gradually graded ride to the turnoff for Bergen Peak Trail. Bergen Peak Trail is a sustained climb with several technical sections containing large rocks. The trail has great tree cover, so most of the climb will at least be shaded.

Once at the top of the loop, there will be a turnoff where Bergen Peak Trail continues up to the actual peak. This section is not very bike accessible but there are great views, so if you are up for a hike and bike, go for it. Otherwise, the fun downhill begins with the Too Long Trail.

Too Long Trail has many switchbacks with fast flowing sections between them. There are more technical sections on the way down with big rocks (though peculiarly a different, more crumbly rock than on Bergen Peak Trail).

Too Long Trail dumps out onto Meadow View Trail where you'll want to take a left. Meadow View Trail quickly exits the forest and rides along the edge of the meadow with a fast and flowing track that contains some fun bumps and berms.

.4 miles down the trail, there will be a sharp turnoff to the right onto Founders Trail which is a short connecting trail to Painter's Pause Trail. Be careful with your speed turning onto Painter's Pause because it is a graveled path that can occasionally have a suddenly loose spot and you don't want to slide out. Painter's Pause takes you back to the parking lot with just a short turn back onto Sleepy "S" Trail.

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  3.8 from 46 votes

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I have a couple tweaks to make this ride more fun. The ride does not include most of Meadow View Trail, which is one of the most beautiful sections that I always make sure I hit. Instead of taking the left at the Bergen Peak Trail, go straight on Meadow View to add 1.4 miles of easy single track, and then left on Too Long Trail and grind up to the top. You can take Bergen Peak Trail back down to Meadow View, and what the hell, go left and do it again because it was so damn good. If you have the time and legs, go down and back up Elk Ridge Trail when you go by it. Why not? It’s a short ride and great both ways (8.5 miles doesn’t scratch the itch for me). I often avoid Painter’s Pause because of the highway noise, but if you haven’t checked out, go for it! It should be about 14 miles and 2,600' with those additions, and you can call it a workout. May 7, 2015
Whoever recently did trail maintenance on the downhill section of "Too Long", is no friend of bikers, they over dug everywhere water is supposed to cross the trail… Jul 29, 2016
The Bergen trail is wayyy more difficult than a blue. It's a black diamond in my opinion. going uphill on it, there are rocks everywhere and they force you off your bike every few yards. the rest is green/blue, flowy and fun. Jul 11, 2017

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