Aspen Fat Bike Loop
ElevationAscent: 430' 131 m
Descent: -366' -112 m
High: 8,021' 2,445 m
Low: 7,800' 2,377 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“Winter-only loop (and sub-loops) combines groomed singletrack, nordic trails, and some plowed paths near downtown Aspen.”— Mike Pritchard
This loop combines several different types of routes. The best ones are snowmobile-groomed singletrack (on the Aspen Golf Course & Maroon Creek Trail), some are groomed nordic trails, and a minority are paved and plowed bike paths to link it all together.
As always with winter fat bike riding at high elevation, pick your time of day wisely. You'll need cold temps and packed snow conditions to enjoy your ride while not damaging the trail for other riders and trail users. While some portions of the loop coincide with summer routes, others are very much winter-only. Look for signs and only ride where you're sure bikes are allowed.
Use good sense when riding these trails. If you're leaving a rut deeper than 1", it's time to turn around and wait for more compact snow conditions. Always ride with lower pressures appropriate to the snow conditions to reduce rut depth and maintain traction. This will allow you to ride more and walk less, avoiding postholing on the trail.
When starting at the Golf Course parking lot, be sure to avoid riding on nordic trails; find the loop by riding northwest around the tennis courts to hook into the main loop.
Check out more info on the Aspen Fat Bike Loop here.
New for 2017: Fat bike singletrack compaction-drag used at Maroon Creek Trail and the new Figure 8 shape (sub-loops) on the Aspen Golf Course.
Local Club: Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association
Land Manager: Aspen / Pitkin County Open Space & Trails