ElevationAscent: 2,221' 677 m
Descent: -2,240' -683 m
High: 10,064' 3,068 m
Low: 8,952' 2,729 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“The second installment of the Epic Singletrack Series.”— Tom Robson
Race - Aug 3, 2019
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Nice route to ride if you are at Winter Park's base and are looking for a nice XC workout.
After reaching 4 Points, head straight onto Lower Arapahoe. Here you'll encounter tight turns, rocks, and roots, but the trail ends too quickly and turns into Upper Cherokee. Upper Cherokee provides clean, mostly non-technical connection between Trestle Bike Park and the area's other XC trails, so rip it! At the bottom, turn right onto Tunnel Hill - an easy doubletrack.
Follow all the way down to a left turn onto the Turnpike, then a quick left onto Tunnel Hill Trail. Here you'll encounter roots, rock drops, and fast flow. After the final switchbacks on Tunnel Hill Trail, turn left onto Serenity - A nice trail through the trees, leading from the resort up towards town. At the end of Serenity turn left onto Ice Hill. The fun is now over...
Ice Hill is a steep nasty climb - rideable, but probably only by fairly advanced and/or fit riders. Once this grunt is over you'll be sitting pretty, contouring hill all the way to Blue Sky. Turn left, then immediately right to enter Blue Sky for a nice meandering stroll through the woods, climbing gently over a fairly smooth trail surface. There are some roots and rocks here and there to remind you it's a mountain bike ride, but it's pretty mellow overall.
Once at the top of Blue Sky turn left onto 897 FSR Cut for a short stint and turn a sharp left onto Tunnel Hill. Follow this all the way to a left turn onto Chickadee. After Tunnel Hill, Chickadee is a rude awakening. The trail begins with with two very tight switchbacks, of which are spotted with roots/rocks. After exiting these obstacles, you can let it rip all the way down to Little Vasquez Rd. Keep your speed in check here and turn a sharp right onto Little Vasquez Rd.
From here, Little Vasquez Rd. is a significant climb. Turn right onto Tunnel Hill, cross the Little Vasquez creek over a bridge, then quickly turn left to stay on Little Vasquez Rd. Stay on Little Vasquez Rd. until you see a singletrack trail off to your right - Lonesome Whistle.
Take Lonesome Whistle up to Green World. Lonesome Whistle is generally ridden as downhill, if that gives you an idea of the terrain here. Once at the top, turn left onto Green World, which is the easiest way down Trestle Bike Park featuring wide, buffed out singletrack and beautiful vistas. Descend this awesomely fun trail to a left onto Arapahoe. Descend Arapahoe, which is littered with rocks and roots, to Lower Arapahoe.
Lower Arapahoe features tight turns, rocks, roots and undulating terrain. After multiple tight switchbacks, this trail eventually pops out onto a left turn on Upper Cherokee, which you've been on before!
Take a sharp right turn onto Tunnel Hill, then a sharp left to stay on Tunnel Hill. Shortly after this left, take a quick left onto the lower portion of Green World. Follow this trail all the way to a right onto the Road to Nowhere. Fly down this all the way to the Base Area Finish, and you're done!
Local Club: Grand Mountain Bike Alliance
Land Manager: USFS - Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Office