Palisade Rim

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8.5 Miles 13.7 Kilometers



1,476' 450 m


-1,479' -451 m


6,043' 1,842 m


4,747' 1,447 m



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Max Grade (10°)

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Techy singletrack with amazing exposure and phenomenal views.

Andrew Judkins


Exposure on-par with Moab's Porcupine Rim, but with fewer people and more singletrack.

Need to Know

Bring plenty of water. Avoid the upper loop after rain. Watch where you are going, falling in some spots could be fatal. Stop by the Palisade Brewing Company for a pint after your ride. Visit Rapid Creek Cycles in Palisade for current trail conditions.


Park at the river launch site approx 200 yards north of the trailhead. The trail begins next to a large gate, start the climb up and around the irrigation ditch.

The initial 800 foot climb has just enough switchbacks to keep you on the bike, with plenty of short technical challenges to keep your attention.

At the top of the first climb, catch your breath and enjoy the view of Colorado's Wine Country. If you plan on doing both loops you have another 700 feet of climbing ahead of you, but it comes over more miles than the first climb.

Back on the bike, keep heading uphill and take a left at the intersection (trail is great in both directions, but flows better this way). Crank another mile over varied terrain to the upper loop connector trail. Take a left here to access the challenging upper loop, or stay right if you only want the lower action. Look off to the right and admire the petroglyphs on the sandstone (look, don't touch please).

Charge up the connector trail for 0.8 miles to reach the upper loop, and again go left at the intersection. This 4 mile loop has it all: rocks, dirt, shale, berms, twists, short climbs and plenty of cliff exposure. The highlight for most riders will probably be hammering down the west side of the upper loop, don't let the exposure rattle your nerves.

Head down the connector trail and rejoin the lower loop near the petroglyphs. The second half of the lower loop offers more rocky challenges, but with less exposure than the upper loop.

Now lower your seat a few inches and prepare to drop 800 feet back down to the parking lot (control your speed and watch out for hikers and shear cliffs).

History & Background

The history of this gem can be found at Rapid Creek Cycles


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Apr 23, 2017
Lauren Marie
views = awesome; exposure = no joke
Apr 21, 2017
Eric Schafer
Amazing ride, gorgeous scenery!
Apr 16, 2017
Pete Sunden
Mar 19, 2017
Alan Cardenas
Oct 20, 2016
Dave Harrold
Great views! 9mi
Oct 17, 2016
David Norman
Oct 17, 2016
Robin Hoff
Tough Techy climb to the loops but once you get up on the rims the ride is awesome. It was extremely windy today so was being cautious. Great fun! 9.1mi
Oct 16, 2016
David Norman

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Last trail on my month long road trip before heading back east. Great way to finish. Nice fun up with great views. Then point it downhill and be back to the car before you know it! May 4, 2014

We did this the opposite way the arrows are pointing (we went counter clockwise) and I can't think that it would be better any other way. May 31, 2016

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