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blueBlack Devils Backbone Trail

Trail

3.1 mile 5.0 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 484' 148 m
Descent: -125' -38 m
High: 5,523' 1,683 m
Low: 5,084' 1,550 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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Trail shared by CJones85 Jones

A rock festival that gets more intense the further in you go.

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Features -none-

Wild Loop, with access to the keyhole, is for hikers only.

Description

This trail picks up at the northern end of the Hidden Valley Trail. Veer right (to the left is closed to bikes) and climb a steep hill with a few switchbacks, water bars, and one or two significant rock obstacles. Most riders will have to push up a few of the technical sections.

3/4 of the way up the climb the trail splits. This is Hunter Loop. 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 and the rocks begin to dominate the trail.

The trail splits again at around mile 2.5. This is Laughing Horse Loop. Both trails have many rock sections that begin to resemble something from a Martian landscape. The west half of the loop, while challenging, is rideable by most, while the east half of the loop is black-diamond difficult and will require most riders to push a few sections with large rock drops and obstacles. The trails meet back up after 1/2 mile or so and then climbs to the top of the ridge. From here you can continue onto the Blue Sky Trail and Indian Summer Trail.

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Jul 5, 2019
Gerry Kelly
Aug 26, 2018
Aleksander Cronk
Jan 10, 2018
Brandon Strobel
Hidden valley/backbone 7.1mi
Aug 2, 2017
Mark Nadig
Hope to conquer nemesis rock one day :) 12.7mi — 1h 16m
Apr 8, 2017
Alan Cisneros
4mi — 4h 00m
Mar 11, 2017
Tim Young
Windy and bumpy... combo of both made for a bad ride. Trail needs some cleanup. lots of loose (big) rocks littering the trail. 3.1mi
Mar 6, 2016
Phil Niles
Jul 30, 2015
Charlie Stump
Loop 6.2mi

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  3.3 from 27 votes

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#411

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#4,565

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