Devil's Backbone Loop

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Trail

13.1 Miles 21.1 Kilometers


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Singletrack

1,297' 395 m

Ascent

-1,293' -394 m

Descent

5,796' 1,767 m

High

5,079' 1,548 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

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More technical than strenuous, some very rocky sections.

Wendy Sweet

Overview

45 minutes from Boulder, this trail is an interesting diversion. It follows a hogback, and some of the trail is build on layers of off-camber, crumbling sedimentary rock.

You'll ride Indian Summer and Blue Sky on this loop as well.

Description

Devils Backbone Trail starts as an easy gradual climb from the free parking area north of Highway 34. Go around the footbridges using the bypass trails and travel through a fence. The trail continues to climb with a few small rock obstacles.

Stay to the right at the first split (hikers only to the left). Stay to the right where the trails meet back up and climb a steep hill with a few switchbacks and water bars. Most riders will have to push up a few of the technical sections.

3/4 of the way up the climb the trail splits. Stay to the right (hikers and horses to the left) and the trails rejoin in 1/2 a mile or so. The trail then turns into a gradual climb with a few rocky sections.

The trail splits again at around mile 2.5. Both trails are very rocky however the trail to the right (east) is more difficult and will require most riders to push a few sections. The trails meet back up after 1/2 mile or so and climb to the top of the ridge.

You'll then ride a portion of Blue Sky. This trail is less technical, and flows very well. Most riders will thoroughly enjoy this fun section of the ride. Finally, you'll hook up with Indian Summer loop. This one is also smoother singletrack with less extreme pitch - great for intermediate riders.

Once you round the loop, you'll head back down and retrace your steps.

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Apr 23, 2017
Absolut Ninja
Grueling at times 13.9mi
Apr 8, 2017
Carlos Davila Jr.
Apr 8, 2017
alex bacall
Rocky, techy, not very flowy except for a few sections. Felt like more climbing than descending. 12mi — 1h 30m
Apr 8, 2017
Alan Cisneros
Apr 7, 2017
Ben Whittier
Mar 18, 2017
Preston Campbell
Mar 17, 2017
Carlos Davila Jr.
Mar 16, 2017
Matt Chan
Great ride. A little disappointing on blue sky loop. 13.1mi — 2h 00m

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  3.4 from 21 votes

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