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A nice loop with a curvy climb to Lincoln Mountain's mesa top... great views of Pikes Peak.


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Map Key

3.8

Miles

6.1

KM

Singletrack

7,391' 2,253 m

High

7,069' 2,155 m

Low

355' 108 m

Up

354' 108 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Description

Nice curvy climb along wide trails to a flat mesa top loop at the top of Lincoln Mountain. The ascent portion weaves through scrub oak along a wide flowy path; at times, the path narrows to singletrack dimensions as it curves up and through multiple easy switchbacks.

The loop at the top is a simple path that follows the edge of the mesa and offers great views - south to Pikes Peak, west towards the Front Range, south and east towards Black Forest, and northwards into the valleys and ranch lands between Monument and Castle Rock. Although the trail is fairly obvious, it is also marked by large rock cairns.

The descent back towards the trailhead is fun and flowy, although should be descended with caution due to numerous blind corners and the popularity of the area with equestrian riders.

From the Lincoln Mountain Open Space Trailhead (AKA Jones Road Trailhead), ride generally north for .25 miles to the main trail split. Left goes to Lincoln Mountain; right connects to the Palmer Divide Ranch Loop.

After you go left, the trail will start a gradual climb that will not end until cresting at the mesa top. The trail zigzags upwards through scrub oaks and meadows, eventually settling into a long diagonal climb across the face of the mesa. There are some minor undulations - mostly alternating between easy sections of 2-3% and steep sections of ~8%. Overall, there is nothing technical about the trail; although it can be fairly taxing, aerobically.

The trail is well-maintained. Because it was constructed in 2013, the trails are somewhat loose and scrabbly at times; this will likely improve over time as the trails get compacted.

The highlight of the trail is the great views from the mesa top. It doesn't matter whether the top loop is ridden clockwise or counter-clockwise - either is good.

During winter thaws and spring, there are several boggy areas along the trail, that get particularly torn up and soft due to the horse traffic. Use caution and hike-a-bike, as necessary, to avoid further the damage.

Contacts

Shared By:

J Erik Hartel with improvements by Peter Tiley

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 19 votes

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  3.0 from 19 votes
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Looking South towards Pikes Peak
Feb 28, 2014 near Woodmoor, CO
Looking back towards the TH from atop Lincoln Mountain
Feb 28, 2014 near Woodmoor, CO
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Sep 2, 2023
Erik Drake
4.3mi
Nov 22, 2022
Peter Tiley
Apr 30, 2021
Tara Anderson
Beautiful! Lung burner to the top 2.5mi
Nov 7, 2020
Kay Green
Apr 11, 2020
Noli E
Jul 1, 2018
Troy Shred
Jun 16, 2018
Jay Elmore
Cool trail winding through scrub oak. Very rocky in certain areas. 4.2mi
Nov 9, 2017
Paul Headden
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