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Phillp S. Miller Park / Miller Activity Center (MAC)

Intermediate
 3.8 (106) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Awesome, flowing singletrack with good technical sections including rocks and berms.


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6.7

Miles

10.8

KM

90%

Singletrack

6,632' 2,021 m

High

6,359' 1,938 m

Low

573' 175 m

Up

574' 175 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Family Friendly These trails are not too challenging. Kids and beginners should enjoy them immensely. The adjacent playground, sports fields, and zip-lining also provide post-ride entertainment options.

Overview

A great tour of Phillp S. Miller Park with views of Castle Rock and the surrounding foothills. The soft surface trail network at Philip Miller Park consists of singletrack trails divided into four different, but interconnected loops. The trails explore all the valleys, knolls, and high points of the 270-acre park.

Description

Park at the Miller Activity Center parking lot (or start on sidewalk just off the Plum Creek Parkway entrance) and join the trail at the base of the "Challenge Hill" stairs (200 steps to the top of the hill).

The trail continues past the steps and the singletrack starts. Stay to the right as the first left will take you to the top of the mini incline. Follow the singletrack as it twists and winds around the hills of this 270-acre park.

At the first intersection past Challenge Hill, hang a left and head over to the Red Loop. Once you hit the Red Loop, turn left and enter the awesomeness that is the Philip Miller Park trail network.

This network basically is one big loop, connected together by four different colored loops: the Red, Green, Gold and Purple Loop. Be sure to follow the signs. At almost every trail junction, you'll be turning left, except for on the Purple Loop.

The stretch on the Red Loop weaves in and out and up and down around the southern part of the park, allowing great views of the mountains to the south.

Your next trail junction will be with the Green Loop. Continue left/straight onto the Green Loop and begin your climb up to the southwestern side of the park. Once you reach the top of this section, you'll get outstanding views of the foothills to the west.

After this, you'll come to the start of the Gold Loop. Again, turn left and follow this trail along the top of the mountain. After about a half a mile, you'll start to get a lot of twists and turns and ups and downs, so be ready.

At the westernmost point of the Gold Loop, you'll encounter Ridgeline Open Space Access Trail, which allows access to the adjacent Ridgeline Open Space using a pedestrian bridge over Wolfensburger Road. (See description for Ridgeline Open Space on MTB Project).

Continue on the Gold Loop to your trail intersection with the Purple Loop. This intersection is a "four-way stop" so stay to the left to continue on this route.

Now you are on the Purple Loop, which is at the northernmost section of the park. After about one half mile, be sure to look up and take in the view of the Castle Rock and the surrounding buttes. Don't forget to stop and look around as the views from the tops of the hills are impressive and provide a great overlook to Castle Rock and the surroundings area.

The trail has very few straight sections, so use caution on the blind corners when going up or down the switchbacks. The trail has some short but steep climbs but nothing that a fit, regular mountain biker can't power up. The reward is worth it for the views and the fun and quick downhills.

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Matt Rettmer

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  3.8 from 106 votes

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  3.8 from 106 votes
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Photos

Smooth and sandy.
Jun 13, 2021 near Castle…, CO
Smooth trail surfaces and cool vistas
Jun 12, 2018 near Castle…, CO
Good for the little ones!
Jun 13, 2021 near Castle…, CO
Resting on one of the highest points looking east at the incline
Jun 14, 2015 near Castle…, CO

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Nov 13, 2021
Daylene York
6.4mi
Oct 31, 2021
Daniel Ives
Skinny tire friendly! 14.3mi — 1h 30m
Sep 25, 2021
John Fernandes
Sep 6, 2021
Jonas Reynolds
Aug 14, 2021
Eric Trandai
Jul 29, 2021
Joe Pay
Jun 30, 2021
Grayson Allen
Fun little family friendly flow. Not trying to be anything but a smooth beginner friendly trail with beautiful views of the MAC and hills. 6.1mi — 0h 45m
Jun 16, 2021
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