This ride utilizes the great singletrack at Phipps with excellent flow and a big climb... "fitness check"!
There are two loops at Phipps, Upper Loop
and Lower Loop
, with a connecting doubletrack. When put together, they will take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours to complete depending on skill level and fitness.
Park at the Phipps/Diamond X parking lot adjacent to the railroad bridge on Molt Road. Choose to do the Upper Loop
first and ride the big climb first, or the Lower Loop
to warm up before you climb. The Upper Loop
rides best clockwise while the Lower Loop
flows well either direction. Both Upper and Lower trails have excellent sections of intermediate singletrack with a few sections of expert singletrack that can easily be bypassed.
Phipps Park was originally the "Diamond X Ranch." There's an excellent viewpoint overlooking the valley where the original ranch residence once stood.