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green Railroad Grade Loop

  4.2 ( 6 ) Favorite


4.9 mile 7.9 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack


Ascent: 199' 61 m
Descent: -199' -61 m
High: 6,395' 1,949 m
Low: 6,278' 1,913 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (3°)


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Trail shared by Lance Buck

An excellent intro to singletrack. My kids and friends all started here.

Lance Buck

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Family Friendly A great singletrack introduction for the little ones!


This is an easy, breezy loop featuring just enough challenge on singletrack to make it actual mountain biking.

Need to Know

There are a couple of small rollers coming up out of the creek bottom and getting back to your car along Pioneer Trail Road. New riders may have to hike a short distance.


Start at the split rail parking area on Pioneer Trail Road. Hop on your bike and follow a doubletrack trail west beside the road. When you hit the big power lines, the trail veers left and rolls downhill to the creek. Turn left onto a road and cross Saxon Creek and shortly after, Trout Creek. Look for the trail taking off to the left through a split rail fence.

From here, it is a nice long downhill (ever so gently) along the old railroad bed. You'll ride along Trout Creek as the trail winds past open pine forest.

At the 3.5 mile mark the trail pops out at the end of Columbine Trail (a road), ride a stone's throw down the street and look for the trail dropping off the left side of the road. This is my favorite part, down by a beautiful stream.

Cross a footbridge and follow the path up over a short but steep hill and back along the highway to your car.

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Jul 9, 2019
Joe Ellis
May 27, 2019
Kevin Loomis
Nov 18, 2018
Meshell Noir
Sep 25, 2018
Kevin Loomis
Aug 23, 2017
Laurent Deluc
Nice Trail map for my youngest son who is just a beginner
Aug 23, 2017
Terry OConnell
Second time riding this loop with Lori 4.9mi
Aug 20, 2017
Colleen Dulin
Aug 19, 2017
Jeff Navarrete
Took the family for first time mountain biking... We had a blast 4.9mi — 1h 49m

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  4.2 from 6 votes


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