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Blue Ribbon

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 4.4 (23)

A very technical descent that could put a smile on your face! The top half was re-routed in 2017 to be more rideable


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Map Key

2.0

Miles

3.2

KM

Singletrack

7,008' 2,136 m

High

6,289' 1,917 m

Low

28' 8 m

Up

746' 227 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Need to Know

This is a recommended downhill-only trail.

Description

Blue Ribbon is best divided into an upper and lower section, starting at the intersection with Three Gulch Trail.

The upper section is the recommended easier climbing route to the summit of Red Hill where it intersects with Skeeter's Ridge Trail and Roller Coaster, the two descent routes from the top.

The Lower Section is a rip-roaring descent down rock ledges and tight switchbacks with small drops, rock launch ramps, and technical moves to make this a highlight of your entire ride. It's rideable by most intermediate/advanced riders, though some may need to walk a section or two.

Climbing up the lower section is not recommended. While in theory you could climb it, you would probably get dirty looks from everyone else who climbed up the recommended route, Three Gulch Trail.

Contacts

Shared By:

Matt L with improvements by Kristen Arendt and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 23 votes

#1

in Red Hill

#671

Overall
  4.4 from 23 votes
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#1

in Red Hill

#181

in Colorado

#671

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Blue Ribbon has a lot of drops, but is surprisingly rideable, at least downhill!
Sep 15, 2013 near Carbondale, CO
More fun on Blue Ribbon Trail
Sep 15, 2013 near Carbondale, CO

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Jun 13, 2021
Steven Mattics
This is a very difficult trail with very few sections where you can get into any sort of rhythm.
Jun 16, 2019
Bartley Malicoat
Nov 6, 2018
Joshua Seymour
Snow at the upper sections, and pretty slick on the lower aspects. Hiked today
Nov 9, 2017
Mike McEwan
Sep 8, 2017
Nathan Baier
Jun 8, 2017
Nathan Baier
May 24, 2017
Raúl Gross
Jun 20, 2015
Vincent Edwards
a thrilling downhill with lots of rock features and some tight switchbacks 1.3mi