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Super Magic Bus

 30 votes


12.3 Miles 19.8 Kilometers




1,333' 406 m


-1,338' -408 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (11°)

9,622' 2,933 m


8,627' 2,630 m



Bad / Closed 16 days ago
Snowy - Deep snow drifts anywhere above 9,000”. Half the loop is inaccessible. History

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The bigger and badder tour of West Magnolia featuring the School Bus Trail descent.

Jim Mapes


This ride takes in most of the classic low-country riding and the best and longest continuous climb-descent in the West Magnolia Area. The West Magnolia trails area has many short trails that are disjointed by brief segments of road which can be disorienting. Do not despair if you make a wrong turn. There are as many good ways to do this ride as there are opinions on the internet. The key features of this ride is the Lost Meadow Trail/ Roots and Rocks Trail / School Bus link up and the rest can be improvised.
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Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

Park at the main parking area at the intersection of the Peak to Peak Highway and Magnolia Road.


From the trail kiosk at the Magnolia Road parking lot, head climbing up Pungy Stick Trail #925 - a steep descent down to the main West Mag trailhead. Head right onto Aspen Alley then left briefly on West Magnolia Road before turning right onto the Observatory Trail #355 - a short twisty blast through the trees. The trail becomes road-like just before the turn right onto 926F. Turn left onto the Lookout Trail #926 which ends on a dirt road. Head left briefly on the road before turning right onto Hobbit 3 #927.

Near the midpoint of Hobbit 3, head west on the Lost Meadow Trail. After about a mile in the forest, the trail opens up into a meadow with nice views. At the western edge of the meadow, there is a 4x4 road the enters from the north. Continue up the Roots and Rocks Trail to the southwest crossing a small stream and tackling many exposed roots and steep eroded tread. Along the way you'll pass a 4x4 road (now closed to motor vehicles) that heads up steeply to the south the 503/105 junction at the ruins of the Lone Star Mine.

After the climb levels out, turn right onto the 503 (105 to 109) and ride uphill for about 1/4 mile then turn left on the 109 (503 to School Bus). Descend School Bus #929 and turn right at its bottom onto Hobbit 2 #927. Finish with Hobbit 1 #927 and Re-Root and end up back where you started.


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Dec 8, 2017
Greg Tibbets
Oct 22, 2017
Marcel Davidse
Oct 22, 2017
Graeme Dunn
Oct 18, 2017
Jason Drobeck
Not my favorite, too many dismounts but does have nice flowy single tracks 12.3mi
Oct 8, 2017
Mike Moore
Oct 1, 2017
Sophie R
Sep 22, 2017
Justin VanAlstyne
So good! Perfect weather. Peak fall color. This route follows closed or rerouted trails, FYI. Bring GPS/map.
Sep 17, 2017
Aaron T.

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This trail was much more difficult than other blue-rated trails I've done in the Boulder area. Loose rocks, narrow, sandy path and lots of incline. If you're looking for a true blue, I would not recommend this route. Jun 25, 2017
Actual distance is 13.3 miles, GPS based systems always underestimate distance when you have lots of switchbacks or very windy trails. Aug 27, 2017
Peter D  
A labyrinth of trails and fire roads. Did it for the first time, had to check phone/gps many, many times, and still logged 17.5 miles with all the backtracking! Some really great sections though. Once you top out on Roots and Rocks, do *not* go bombing down the fire road (like I did)! Instead, gps your way past a private/closed sign (dammit!), which only after has signs indicating bikes allowed. Oct 14, 2017

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