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Golden Belt Loop

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 4.0 (10)

The gateway to the rest of the Switchgrass Loops.


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Map Key

5.8

Miles

9.4

KM

Singletrack

1,649' 503 m

High

1,549' 472 m

Low

491' 150 m

Up

485' 148 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

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Description

This trail has some technically difficult sections. Most of this trail is moderate to easy, but there are several short rocky sections, deep sand, arduous climbs, exposed high cliffs and ledges, and sharp drops. You can seriously injure yourself! Most technical sections are short. Dismount and walk through any section thats beyond your skill level.

Always yield to vehicular traffic at road crossings and any critters on the trail.
Some highlights for miles 0-22.5 (no cutoffs): There are 3-4 techy sections in the first 4 miles. Dakota Sandstone outcrops are frequent and fun challenges Lil Moab, the Causeway, the Rock Garden, Stegosaurus Drop, Cedar Surprise and others yet to be named.

Tower Hill is a spectacular view of the lake and Saline Valley wildlands beyond the park.

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Brian Smith

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  4.0 from 10 votes

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#71

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There are plenty of technical sections throughout Switchgrass.
Apr 21, 2015 near Russell, KS
The racers are waiting for the slowpokes in the rock garden (I'm one of those slowpokes).
Oct 24, 2016 near Russell, KS
Exiting a small rock garden, there's some pretty good drops about 100' back, but I missed pics of them.
Oct 24, 2016 near Russell, KS
Super-sandy section with a few short drops.
Oct 24, 2016 near Russell, KS
A tough climb in the second rock garden.
Oct 24, 2016 near Russell, KS
Pre-race warmup on the "The Causeway". Don't get gephyrophobia!
Jun 1, 2014 near Russell, KS

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Nov 27, 2020
Karl Schwartz
Sep 1, 2020
Chrissy Nye
Aug 18, 2020
Jamey Mossengren
hot, no shade, too technical to ride some sections
Oct 6, 2019
Stephanie Striefel
1st time; super (pleasantly) surprised by the terrain; tough in places, walked some rocks; beautiful views
Jun 16, 2019
Isa Clydesdale
Apr 27, 2019
Andrew Esser
Oct 27, 2018
Andrew Esser
Aug 11, 2017
David Miller