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Central Spine

 6 votes

Length

1.6 Miles 2.6 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

226' 69 m

Ascent

-350' -107 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

6,020' 1,835 m

High

5,685' 1,733 m

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A thrilling and technical trail bisecting the middle of the White Ridge Trail Network.

Leslie Kehmeier

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Description

Central Spine is a challenging and exciting trail that connects the south and north ends of the White Ridge System. It is best ridden from south to north to take advantage of the technical descent along a knife-edge ridge.

From the main parking area, access Central Spine from the connector trail past Dragon's Back to intersection 22. Drop your saddle and turn left. The wild descent begins immediately down the unique gypsum soils. There is some exposure to the left and a ridge to your right.

The first descent rolls out into a slight incline. Pedal along the ridge to the next downhill, a very technical section with significant drops. It's a good idea to scout the landings and transitions before dropping in. The last part is an extremely steep and extended run down to the valley floor.

The northern section of Central Spine climbs up steadily from the valley to intersection 12. The singletrack eventually widens to doubletrack.

At the northern end, stay right to loop back via Good Times or left to access to the far end of Dragon's Back.

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Apr 22, 2018
Taylor Tewalt
Mar 18, 2017
Rory Yurkovich
Easy to lose trail. I ended up in the wash and had to hike out

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  3.2 from 6 votes

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Road on 3/3/2018 Center spine is pretty chewed up. Erosion on trail creating tire wells that. Ended up walking down a fair bit. The climb out is wicked steep. Steepest climb of the White Mesa trail system. I'd only recommend this if you want something new. Downhill isn't too much fun and the climb out is brutal. Mar 5, 2018
G MacD  
BEWARE: many of the numerous alternate routes lead to a vertical cliff. Use caution. This trail has been absolutely destroyed by people creating alternate routes and destroying the trail in the the process. A rider who is new to the area has no idea which line to take. The downhill section has been eaten up by erosion and is ridable only by an expert rider. I am worried the BLM will close this trail unless some serious maintenance is performed. I would upgrade the difficulty of this trail to a double-black diamond. May 8, 2018

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