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The best trail in the system: pristine singletrack mixed with an array of technical rocky sections.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

Singletrack

8,548' 2,605 m

High

8,274' 2,522 m

Low

8' 2 m

Up

276' 84 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

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Description

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.

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Shared By:

Brian Smith

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  4.3 from 13 votes

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  4.3 from 13 votes
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#614

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Rock Drops trail...just one of many optional lines you can find here.  Love this trail.
Oct 4, 2021 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
Rock drops is an accurate name. Super fun.
Apr 13, 2020 near Del Norte, CO
Fun rock features along Blue Sky Loop!
Oct 22, 2015 near Del Norte, CO

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