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Red Mountain Jeanne Golay Trail

 11 votes

3.4 Miles 5.5 Kilometers


Doubletrack

1,568' 478 m

Ascent

0' 0 m

Descent

7,454' 2,272 m

High

5,885' 1,794 m

Low

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Unknown

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A twisty dirt road climb that's a great workout with amazing mountain and river views.

Mike Pritchard

Overview

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. 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.

Description

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. This is a private land access dirt road, gated to motor vehicles at the trailhead, but open to public foot and bike traffic. 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.

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Oct 27, 2017
Raúl Gross
Good enough for climbing.
Sep 24, 2017
Scott Kendrick
Sep 10, 2017
Nathan Baier
Jun 29, 2017
Josh Mattson
5.8mi
Jun 26, 2017
Sven Hurney
Don't quit your day dream. 3.4mi
May 30, 2017
Sven Hurney
First ride of 2017 was an eye-opener... I need to bike more! 3.4mi
May 23, 2017
Arnold Nimmo
Sep 27, 2016
Kacy Carmichael

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