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Mule

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A cardiac arresting climb leading to dreamy singletrack.


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3.2

Miles

5.1

KM

Singletrack

8,708' 2,654 m

High

7,824' 2,385 m

Low

606' 185 m

Up

932' 284 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

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E-Bikes Unknown

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Description

Start at the trailhead for the Mt Herman summit Trail 716, off of Mt Herman road. Put your bike in granny gear and leave it there for the next 15-20 minutes while you slog up some nice singletrack. After 0.1 miles fork left (right goes to MH Summit), pass a fire pit and climb up the drainage to a crest on the ridge. You'll know you've reached the top when you see a tee-pee type structure in the middle of the trail.

Go straight for 30m and hop up on a boulder to enjoy the views and catch your breath. Then go back to the teepee and crank north on the Mule trail as it contours the west side of the ridge for a little over a mile. Several spurs come off the trail, explore if you have energy, or stick to the main trail if you are still recovering from the climb.

Pass a few strange rock circles (you'll know what I mean when you see them) and stop your bike. Drop your seat and let at least 5psi out of your tires, then charge down the switchbacks to meet up with Limbaugh Canyon Trail. This decent alternates between amazing and insane thanks to our world famous decomposed granite (aka gravel).

Find your way back to the car via HZ trail and enjoy the pint you've earned at Pikes Peak Brewing Company.

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Andrew Judkins

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  4.0 from 21 votes

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  4.0 from 21 votes
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#241

in Colorado

#1,325

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tight squeeze
Jun 29, 2014 near Palmer…, CO
Last bit of the slog-climb.
Jun 29, 2014 near Palmer…, CO
Find this teepee and you are at the top of the climb.  Trail continues off to the right (north)
Jun 29, 2014 near Palmer…, CO
One of what seems like 700 switchbacks on the descent...watch out for loose gravel.
Jun 29, 2014 near Palmer…, CO
Make the left turn here to continue on the 715
Oct 30, 2014 near Palmer…, CO

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Apr 25, 2020
Brian Mullin
Some snow drifts and snow sections should be gtg next week
Jul 21, 2019
Jcreature
The top portion of the descent is awesome, once you hit the steep stuff it is rutted, washed out, and some of the turns are wicked tight.
May 13, 2019
Vance Fast
12mi — 2h 00m
Aug 5, 2017
Logan Vowers
Took 715 to mule, fun decent ,once to mule it was Steep, terrible, unridable for half of the 3 miles 6.5mi
Jul 7, 2017
Jon Howell
Jun 24, 2017
Allen Tanner
Jun 24, 2017
Bruno Lutz
May 25, 2017
Mondo Almanza