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Pole Hill Road

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.8 (14) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A "gravel grind" on 4x4 roads that provides some great views.


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6.7

Miles

10.8

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Singletrack

8,991' 2,741 m

High

8,249' 2,514 m

Low

1,189' 362 m

Up

1,192' 363 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

This is a network of 4x4 forest service roads. There are many different ways you can ride this, and there is a lot more here than what I have mapped. There are some steep climbs and some exhilarating downhills. The little "speed bumps" that the forest services builds into the roads are great for when you're on a downhill (catch some air!). This ride provides some beautiful scenery, grandiose views and some peaceful tranquility.

Need to Know

Do this trail in the summer and you may have to share it with a jeep or two, no big deal. But, the forest service closes this road for winter to motorized vehicles. Be on the lookout for those awesome Colorado days in the middle of the winter that are 60 degrees and come hit this trail. You'll likely have it to yourself!

Description

Begin the ride at the forest service road gate. There is enough room at the gate for two or three cars to park. Be respectful as there is a private residence right next to the gate. You'll start off nice and easy for about 100 yards and then be greeted with a tough uphill climb right off the bat. Don't let it get you discouraged, it's not too long. Once you're up there the road flows pretty well.

There are many choices for how to ride this network of roads. All the roads interconnect in such a way that it is possible to create multiple loops and figure eights. You need to be somewhat wary as not every road can be used for looping. Some of them are short spurs that lead to dead-end camp sites. If you follow one of those, no biggie, turn around and go back.

The northernmost section of this road provides the most spectacular views looking west over the Estes Park valley and into Rocky Mountain National Park. This section of the road also passes through "the Notch" which is a major outcropping of boulders.

If you're into this sort of thing, you can multi-task on this ride. Get in some good riding as well as find a few geocaches!

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Shared By:

Jared Crockett

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 14 votes

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Yeah, you're cruising along having a good time, but don't forget to take a second and appreciate where we live!
Dec 12, 2014 near Estes Park, CO
Giving the ol' bike a rest at the notch- Pole Hill Road
Dec 12, 2014 near Estes Park, CO
One of many heavily forested sections of the trail
Dec 12, 2014 near Estes Park, CO
Tough up hill at the beginning but its worth it!
Sep 27, 2019 near Estes Park, CO
Ok, that was a lot of fun to ride down
Dec 12, 2014 near Estes Park, CO

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Jul 25, 2019
Jeff Weary
Exactly as others described. Good long rocky uphills in parts can be challenging especially when not acclimated to elevation. You WILL see jeeps here. — 10h 30m
May 20, 2018
dave van tol
Sep 3, 2017
Russell Gellman
Great ride! 6mi
Jul 7, 2017
Ethan Fitzrandolph
Real sandy 4x4 trail. Hard climbs on the way up, but rewarding and technical downhill runs on way down.
Jul 4, 2017
Chris Dean
Jun 29, 2017
ben conner
6.7mi
Jun 21, 2017
james Q
Not sure if the trail has changed, just giving a heads up. After the gnarly downhill, doubletrack continues up a hill and this takes you off map 6.1mi
Jun 4, 2017
Alex Fairbairn