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Blue Sky Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (16)

Intermediate singletrack that provides a variety of riding terrain & challenges for all abilities.


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2.8

Miles

4.6

KM

Singletrack

8,283' 2,525 m

High

7,952' 2,424 m

Low

361' 110 m

Up

353' 108 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

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Description

Ride up the trail to the west out of the parking lot. Go left at the kiosk and ride for a couple hundred feet. Hang another left at the Blue Sky Trail sign and climb the singletrack that circles to the west of the campground. At 0.2 miles, you'll leave the trees and come out at the upper end of the campground. Continue to your right up a short rocky climb onto an old 2 track and begin to climb.

Pass through the gate at 0.42 miles to the intersection with the Witches Canyon roads at 0.6 miles. Turn right and head into the Wagon Tracks parking lot. Continue through the parking lot onto the rocky trail. At 0.72 miles, ride to the right at the A sign. You'll climb on and off a slight ridge until you drop into a drainage that goes through the Wagon Tracks area. At 0.9 miles, the trail makes a hard right and climbs an unrideable rocky section. The trail can be ridden again at the top of the climb as you turn west.

At the 1 mile mark, you'll meet up with the Penitente Canyon hiking trail on your right. Continue west for another .15 miles where the trail connects with the Hidden Treasure Trail. The Blue Sky Trail makes a hard right to the northwest. The terrain is similar to what youve been riding with smooth singletrack and several sections of technical rocky sections. Be aware of a big drop at mile 1.6. You can ride around this obstacle by taking a hard right as you approach the drop. At mile 1.75 you'll come upon the Rock Garden hiking trail. Proceed to your right and continue to the east for 0.1 miles.

At this point you'll take a hard left and go north as the Rock Garden Trail goes to the south. The section of smooth singletrack and rocky section continue. You'll ride into a drainage that gradually goes downhill allowing you to pick up speed. At 2.2 miles the Iglesia de San Juan trailhead will be on your left. Your speedy descent come to an abrupt end at mile 2.28 where you'll power up short slick rock and climb to the top of the ridge overlooking Penitente Canyon at 2.38 miles. The drop into the canyon is over after .25 miles of a steep, technical rocky sections and youre back at the climbing area parking lot.

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Brian Smith

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 16 votes

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  4.3 from 16 votes
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#350

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#1,900

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Photos

Blue Sky Loop Trail at Penitente Canyon
Aug 18, 2017 near Del Norte, CO
Rocks, lots of rocks!
Feb 4, 2018 near Del Norte, CO
Sending a nice drop on Blue Sky Loop.
Oct 22, 2015 near Del Norte, CO
Follow the leader up and over the natural skinny...natural features are the name of the game in Penitente.
May 25, 2016 near Del Norte, CO
Fun rock features along Blue Sky Loop!
Oct 22, 2015 near Del Norte, CO
Penitente Canyon!
Oct 22, 2015 near Del Norte, CO

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Jun 18, 2022
Kristyne Mellett
MTB project suggests going counter clockwise but we along with other riders agree better ridden clockwise!! 2.8mi — 1h 00m
Oct 8, 2021
Dan 60D5H411
With Owen, Eliana, Tina
Sep 30, 2019
Justin Conrad
Aug 10, 2019
B Flynn
May 26, 2018
Andy Librande
May 10, 2018
Andrzej Toczek
May 5, 2018
Steven Mattics
Aug 27, 2017
Matt Hardesty
Blue sky, Iglesia, Hermanos 5mi