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Soda Park Loop

 4.2 (51)

10.7 Miles 17.2 Kilometers


65%

Singletrack

737' 225 m

Ascent

-737' -225 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

9,466' 2,885 m

High

9,035' 2,754 m

Low

Shared By Nick Wilder

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All Clear 55 days ago
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A great beginner loop with big views and lots of singletrack.

Nick Wilder

Dogs Off-leash

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Family Friendly Nothing too steep on this ride. Interesting picnic spot at the midpoint.

Overview

It's not often you'll find this much easy beginner singletrack way up in the Rockies! This is a great ride for beginners ready to leave the bike path and try out "real" mountain biking. And everyone else should have a blast too!

Description

Park at the recreation path parking area off of Swan Mountain Road. Follow an unmarked trail uphill, cross Keystone Ranch Road, and regain the singletrack for another half mile. You'll hit an intersection with Keystone Aqueduct Trail, right at an junction with Soda Ridge Road. You are now on top of an aqueduct and you follow this for over a mile.

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.

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Sep 23, 2018
Taylor Reeves
Great trail. Mix of singletrack, dirt road and paved bike path. 9.8mi
Sep 18, 2018
Linda W
Sep 15, 2018
Laura Bloomfield
Sep 13, 2018
Paul Ruiz
Sep 9, 2018
Dylan Witte
10.6mi
Sep 9, 2018
Lost Justpastnowhere
Aug 30, 2018
Megan Cable
Loved it!
Aug 29, 2018
Nick Wilder

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  4.2 from 51 votes

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This is a great ride for beginners, and the later part (after the aqueduct) is fun for even more experienced riders. Warning: at the end (right above summit cove) this can get confusing because there are a lot of forks. If you want, you can head over to Glacier Dr. off of Vail Cr and there's a steep climb that connects back to the aqueduct trail Sep 30, 2013

 
There are numerous intersections along this route, so either bring a good map or download and utilize the GPX file. A good rule on the route described is to ignore any trails to the left after passing Red's Trail, the exception being at mile 7.6 near the end of the dirt portion of the ride. There are now more signs in the area then in the past. Jun 5, 2014
Awesome ride for for strong beginners. Trail note... The map shows the trail ascending through the woods S of the horse camp... This trail is **horse and ped ONLY** - signed at the top, not the bottom. Mountain bikes need to take the road for about a mile to the junction with the Aquaduct trail. We encountered three annoyed groups of trail riders who all informed us that we should get the heck off their trail. Aug 15, 2016

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