Emerald Mountain Intermediate Tour
ElevationAscent: 1,090' 332 m
Descent: -1,094' -334 m
High: 7,783' 2,372 m
Low: 6,709' 2,045 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“A tour of lower Emerald Mountain's best singletrack.”— Nick Wilder
This area is a dense network of short trails. They can be confusing, and the signage is sometimes okay, but not great. Plan on using the MTB Project mobile app to keep you on the best trails.
Veer left on Howelsen Meadows for some easy, flat cruising through more wildflower-filled meadow and left again on Ricky's Ridge. Smooth and fun switchbacks gently climb up the mountain. The turns are a great place for beginners and intermediates to work on switchback skills - they're quite wide and great for practice.
Take another left on the beautiful Lupine Trail and follow it for half a mile until you hit Blackmere Road. Find Larry's Trail directly across. Larry's is a favorite trail and has a little bit of everything: meadows, aspens, flowers, expansive views, and great trail flow. This skinny trail is one of the best in the area.
Take a left on Prayer Flag Road, pass a couple singletracks heading uphill, and you'll eventually find Blair Witch. Enveloped in Aspen and Fern groves, Blair Witch is a beautiful trail. The trail boasts some easy, flowing contour riding as well as a long boardwalk feature.
Blair Witch ends on a different section of Prayer Flag Road, which you take to the right (downhill) a short ways until you find MGM. You are now set up for a great descent. From the top (near a watering trough - make your dog happy!), wind down through aspens and lush fern forest on skinny smooth singletrack. Break out into open meadow and make big sweeping turns with great views of town and mountains to the east.
Finish on Orton Trail with very skinny, and very fast descending until you hit Blackmere Road, which you can follow a short ways back to the start.
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