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This long, easy trail is rife with stunning scenery and cool history.


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Map Key

36.0

Miles

57.9

KM

70%

Singletrack

10,208' 3,112 m

High

8,112' 2,473 m

Low

3,087' 941 m

Up

3,087' 941 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

There are some steep drop-offs to the river below, but with waterfalls, edible wild berries, and just amazing scenery, this is a perfect beginner mountain bike ride.

Description

This trail travels past an old train trestle, over two bridges, and along segments of the historic Rio Grande Southern Railway. Much of the trail is singletrack, though the middle and southern portion now follow dirt roads.

The grade never exceeds that of a train line, so while it climbs continuously, it's never steep (though between MP 9.5 and 12.4, the line deviates from the abandoned railroad and is on sections steeper than the abandoned railroad line).

While it's good for all ability levels, it does get a little winding through some rocky bits and has a couple of sections with drops on one side.

Contacts

Shared By:

Nick Wilder with improvements by William Diehl

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 22 votes

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Photos

Cool section of old rail ties on the Galloping Goose
Aug 28, 2018 near Mountai…, CO
Descending towards the road on the Galloping Goose - Illium Segment.
May 26, 2017 near Mountai…, CO
Heading towards town on a smooth start
May 26, 2017 near Mountai…, CO
Making the change from double to singletrack.
May 26, 2017 near Mountai…, CO

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