“Great intermediate singletrack trails with easy access & excellent views of Glenwood Springs.
— Mike Pritchard
At Wulfsohn, you'll encounter rocky, twisty singletrack, wide cinder pathways, and some great views of the steep mountains that surround downtown Glenwood. Find the trailhead and plenty of parking at the Glenwood Springs Community Rec. Center. You have a number of choices of how to ride this compact trail system. For a quick 6 mile ride, try out this suggested figure eight approach.
All of the Wulfsohn Mt. Park trails ride well in both directions, although you might prefer one direction over another after a few rides.
While the singletrack is often twisty and rocky, it's never too challenging; finding the best line is usually pretty easy. The descents are mostly brief, but the fun flow factor is real. The climbing adds up over the course of this six-mile ride, but Defiance Trail
is the only one that requires some slightly sustained climbing efforts.
Start your ride out on the Wulfsohn Trail - South TH
singletrack. Continue on the Vanderhoofin' It
Trail, built by volunteers in 2014, and then on to the Wulfsohn Trail - North TH
singletrack which leads to the far northwest of the park. At this point, you can detour over to the Wave viewing platform at the Colorado River, but most riders will head on to the Stevie Bob Trail
before looping back on the Defiance Trail
and finally returning to the trailhead by the Wulfsohn Trail - Upper
, a cinder path with some of the best views in the park. Defiance Trail
is the most difficult trail in the park with the most climbing, but like most of these trails, it rides well in both directions. Most of the riding is considered intermediate level, with some rocky challenges along the way to keep you focused.
To add a big bonus to your ride, consider riding the fast and flat Olsen Trail
to access the Red Mountain Road Jeanne Golay Trail. This dirt road climb will give you excellent views of downtown Glenwood Springs, no matter how high you climb up the 1,500 foot, 3.4-mile ascent. You can find some singletrack segments parallel to the road; these trails are the focus of an RFMBA trail improvement project that's currently under study.
History & Background
This trail system has been built and maintained by volunteers from Two Rivers Trails and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers since 2010.