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1.9 mile 3.0 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 165' 50 m
Descent: -20' -6 m
High: 5,234' 1,595 m
Low: 5,078' 1,548 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)

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A smooth singletrack that leads to a great view of the backbone.

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Family Friendly Easy, smooth singletrack that will expose the kids to some cool features like berms and pumping.

Trail is open to bikers, equestrians, and trail runners. No hikers.

Description

This trail opened in June 2016 and subsequently the eastern half of the Wild Loop Trail (known on this site simply as the Devils Backbone Trail, the southern ~1.3 miles of it) was closed to bikes (the western half of Wild Loop already did not allow bikes).

This trail is significantly different from the other trails at Devil's Backbone Open Space. It is smooth and flowy, with some berms and sections that almost resemble a pump track. With all of its twists and turns, it's hard to get your speed up very high, as you used to do on the old Wild Loop Trail on your way back down. That bombing down to the parking lot will be missed, but this trail is fun in different ways.

There is very little, to no technicality, so it is a good trail to bring beginners to. It creates a longer ride before you get to the more rocky and tougher uphill climbs of Hunter's Loop and later Laughing Horse Loop. Once you get up on the northern end of the trail, it also offers a really nice view of the backbone itself, something that Wild Loop never did.

Hidden Valley Trail is open only to bikers, horses, and trail runners. Hikers are not allowed. This permits you to ride with a little more confidence that you won't accidentally bump into a hiker. With the popularity of this open space, this is a big improvement. With this segregation, the trail had been accessed from the western end of the parking lot, and not the northern end where the trail used to start. However, this was recently changed back to bikes accessing from the northern end again.

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Feb 28, 2019
Maggie Moran
Aug 26, 2018
Aleksander Cronk
Aug 18, 2018
Daylene York
3.8mi
Jul 17, 2018
Chad Kline
Jun 20, 2018
Chad Kline
Jun 16, 2018
Tim Kessel
May 21, 2018
Chad Kline
May 9, 2018
Devin Quince
Nice easy ride to get use to the new bike. Choosing intermediate/easy due to doing some of upper trail 4mi — 0h 34m

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Casey Vavrina
Fort Collins, CO
Casey Vavrina   Fort Collins, CO
Super fun bookend to my usual ride up to Indian Summer Loop and back down. Since it was built last June (2016), everything has become more packed and smooth, making the berms and other features more fun. Apr 6, 2017
Seth Dorris
Fort Collins, CO
Seth Dorris   Fort Collins, CO
Anyone ever run into Rattlers on this trail? Aug 16, 2018

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