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

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4%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

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58 days agoUpdate

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-canter, 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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Nov 16, 2016
Devin Hirning
13.1mi
Nov 6, 2016
Steve Stalgren
Sick 13mi
Oct 7, 2016
Isaias Arena
I did a good maintain bike ride from Loveland to Fort Collins. I rode on Devils Backbone and Blue Sky Very Fun 16.5mi
Sep 24, 2016
Eric JG
1:40 including breaks. Approach trail is super fun. Top section is less technical than it looks... But looks very intimidating to newbies.
Sep 4, 2016
Raúl Gross
Just wanted to get in a few more miles after riding Ginny. 6.5mi
Aug 5, 2016
Trent McNamara
Nice ride. Has some pretty tough sections. But once you drop down into the valley it's a ton of fun. 10mi — 2h 30m
Aug 2, 2016
Rene Retana
Half way. Allergies kicked in
Jul 22, 2016
Trent McNamara
Tons of fun. Loved it. I made it a little past where the blue section of the trail starts. The green section is easy and a lot of fun! Berms help a... 2.2mi

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  3.6 from 16 votes

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