“The best trail in the system: pristine singletrack mixed with an array of technical rocky sections.”
— Brian Smith
Rock drops is the most technical descent on the system when ridden from west to east. Ride up the new Sunshine Kitty
trail starting at the Witches Canyon Parking lot for beautiful views and a cardio-pushing climb. At the intersection of Sunshine Kitty
and Rock Drops (Trail Confidence Marker #9), be sure to take a right (head North-northeast) to the top of the hill. This is the highest point on the Penitente Network and offers incredible views of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range across the San Luis Valley.
The name speaks for itself as you descend through a series of technical rocky sections. Keep your guard up. The terrain levels out a bit and meanders through a semi flat area and ends at the north trailhead on the Blue Sky Loop
(confidence marker #7). Hang a left and head down the North section of the Blue Sky Loop
for another ~400 ft of flowy descent.
Note - At confidence marker #9 a trail continues to the west. This is a non-system trail that crosses onto the National Forest. It does eventually connect with the top of the Wild Horse
loop, but the trail is not maintained.