“A twisty dirt road climb that's a great workout with amazing mountain and river views.
— Mike Pritchard
Note that the road leads to private property at the top, near the great viewpoint. Since this road is gated at the bottom, private shuttle rides are not possible without appropriate permissions. Please be alert to vehicles using this road, move to the right and ride single file when cars are passing. To avoid parking at the small and crowded Red Mt. Trailhead, riders should access this road via some fun and flat mileage on the Olsen Trail
Need to Know
This is a private land access dirt road, gated to motor vehicles at the trailhead, but open to public foot and bike traffic. Please be alert and courteous to vehicles using this road. For your safety, move to the right side of the road and ride single file when cars are passing.
This dirt road gets you efficiently, but never too steeply, up above Glenwood Springs to a great viewpoint right next to "The Cross" which can be seen lit up at night time. The paved lower portion turns to dirt just beyond the City of Glenwood Springs' water system facilities. The road is known as the Red Mountain Jeanne Golay Trail, named in honor of the Olympic road race bicycle champion given her training and racing efforts on this dirt road.
Along the way up the road, you'll note numerous singletrack trail segments that meet up with the road. Most riders use this road to access the Grandstaff Trail
, either from the top, or at the several 'kissing' points along the roughly adjacent routes. The steeper segments that kiss this road are known as the Cross Trail. While open to bikes, the Cross Trail is a favorite for hikers and runners looking for a steeper workout. The lowest segments of the Cross Trail are steep fall-line trails with some deep ruts and occasional double diamond style difficulty.
The bright orange colored lift towers from the old Red Mountain Ski Area (1938-1966) can still be seen along the road.