Soda Park Loop
ElevationAscent: 713' 217 m
Descent: -713' -217 m
High: 9,466' 2,885 m
Low: 9,035' 2,754 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“A great beginner loop with big views and lots of singletrack.”— Nick Wilder
Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed
Family Friendly Nothing too steep on this ride. Interesting picnic spot at the midpoint.
You'll snake through neighborhoods and open hillside, sometimes directly in the aqueduct (where it's not contained in pipe). Surprisingly fun!
After the neighborhood ends, leave the aqueduct and climb gently uphill through a massive logging operation. In summer 2013, there were MASSIVE piles of dead lodgepole pines waiting to be burned. Kind of sad, but due to the hills and big mountains in the distance, it's surprisingly scenic.
When you're overlooking a historic homestead, you are at the junction of Soda Creek Trail and Red Trail. Take Soda Creek Trail down to the homestead, and continue pas on well-signed singletrack.
Ascend a series of boggy meadows. The trail is well designed and stays dry despite the marshy sections. Remember to turn around for great views of Quandary Peak (14,265') and other big mountains in the distant Ten Mile Range.
Reach a low saddle, pass through some moist, healthy forest, and then descend an open meadown on fun, flowy singletrack until you get to the Cove Trailhead in Summit Cove.
If you have energy left, climb the singletrack across the road, ascend a bit, then descend left back to the same road you just crossed (or just take that road for a bit). Look for the Swan Mountain Rec Path to the left, hop on it, and cruise back north/east until you get on the Snake River Path. Follow this through a golf course and look for a bridge to get across the river. You're now on Soda Ridge Road and just a short ways back to the car.
There are MANY ways to make this longer. Look at the map for more singletrack options as well as paved paths.
Local Club: Summit County Mountain Bike Alliance
Land Manager: USFS - Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Office