ElevationAscent: 1,150' 350 m
Descent: -1,149' -350 m
High: 7,778' 2,371 m
Low: 6,743' 2,055 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
Popular rides nearby
26.9 mi 43.2 km • Point to Point • 3,456 ft Ascent 1053.5 m Ascent
Emerald Mountain Intermediate Tour
8.4 mi 13.5 km • Loop • 1,090 ft Ascent 332.35 m Ascent
Emerald Mountain Advanced Loop
8.9 mi 14.4 km • Loop • 1,488 ft Ascent 453.49 m Ascent
Tenderfoot to E-Z Rider
5.7 mi 9.1 km • Point to Point • 0 ft Ascent 0 m Ascent
Flash of Gold to Grouse Ridge
21.0 mi 33.8 km • Loop • 2,552 ft Ascent 777.81 m Ascent
The Divide Trail/Mountain View
26.0 mi 41.9 km • Point to Point • 1,699 ft Ascent 517.92 m Ascent
“A great fat biking loop on Emerald that traverses many of the summer singletrack trails.”— Mel Stewart
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Need to Know
This ride may be impassible following new snow - the trails need to be packed down sufficiently before fat biking becomes manageable.
Lupine is a fun, gentle and interesting climb, at the top of Lupine you'll meet up with Little Moab trail, at this point, take the short drop onto Blackmere Road (which is generally groomed) for the climb to the quarry overlook at the top of Little Moab Trail.
After enjoying the views, head back down Blackmere Road, about 50 yards or so, then duck onto Blair Witch trail. This trail boasts some easy, flowing contour riding as well as a long boardwalk feature that may be buried under the snow.
At the end of Blair Witch, take a hard right onto Prayer Flag Trail, follow this down approximately 1/2 mile to the top of MGM.
From the top of MGM (near a watering trough), wind down through aspens on singletrack (do not take the MGM to Larry's Connector), stay on MGM until just before you break out into an open meadow.
Take another hard right onto Eye to Eye ( Eye to Eye branches to the right off MGM) which winds back and forth in a serpentine pattern with tons of switchbacks the whole way down.
At the bottom of Eye to Eye, you'll pop out onto the end of MGM which leads to Orton's Meadow. As you enter Orton's Meadow, follow Orton Trail to Blackmere Road.
Take a right at Blackmere Road and climb about 3/4 mile back to a saddle, cross the saddle to a short downhill which puts back at the beginning of Lupine, from here you can then follow your route back to the bottom or take any (steeper) snowshoe/ fat bike trails that will all end at the parking lot.
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