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Mansfield Ditch Trail (FR 2291)

 5 votes

11.0 Miles 17.8 Kilometers


Singletrack

871' 265 m

Ascent

-2,908' -886 m

Descent

8,755' 2,668 m

High

6,718' 2,048 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Unknown

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A long rewarding trail that contours along steep scenic canyons before a big fast technical descent.

Mike Pritchard

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Description

Mansfield Ditch Trail is a long, scenic trail that contours along some surprisingly beautiful canyons. The trail begins with a fast downhill section as you pass by the old Spring Cow Camp cabin. There are great photo opportunities at the cabin.

A small creek crossing (to your right) brings you to the start of a long, smooth contouring section of trail that follows the historic ditch alignment. The scenery on this section of trail is amazing, but keep your eyes wide open as the trail is often overgrown, hiding the rocks and stumps that can ruin your day.

To stay on the trail, be sure to make a hard left down a steep segment of trail to regain the lower elevation ditch portion of the trail. The trail finally ends with a fast, technical downhill to the New Castle Buford Road. This final section is arguably the best downhill trail in the area. While the trail is not particularly technical, it is rarely ridden, and often overgrown. The overall length means that beginner and intermediate riders should choose wisely before committing to this trail.

Many will ride this trail as part of the New Castle Buford Rd. to Mansfield Ditch Loop Ride. The length of the trail makes it a fine candidate for a shuttle ride too, skipping the long road climb included in the loop.

Check out the newly improved Cherry Creek #2256 to Mansfield #2291 Singletrack Connector to create a shorter loop or ride these trails in new ways.

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Soon to be a known classic, a la Forest Hallow-Scout. May 4, 2016
Soon to be a known classic, a la Forest Hallow-Scout in Glenwood. May 4, 2016
I've done this trail a couple times. I'm excited to see what this trail and area as an entirety will become with a little tlc. The views are stunning and the 2nd half of the downhill second makes me grin eye to eye. There is quite a bit of loose gravel for the first half of decent and the rim is choked with vegetation that makes it hard to see at times. Still a great trail and worth it Aug 25, 2017

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