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black Lion Gulch Trail #949

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3.5 mile 5.6 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,313' 400 m
Descent: -97' -30 m
High: 8,570' 2,612 m
Low: 7,296' 2,224 m


Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)


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This trail was destroyed in the flooding of 2013. It was finally rebuilt and reopened in July, 2017. It was difficult before the flood and is still difficult now!

Riders begin by cruising down from the parking lot to a creek crossing. Then you start cranking up the gulch. The trail crosses the creek several times, most of these are without a bridge. There are stretches of the trail where it gets very steep and a good portion of the trail is rather techy in nature. There are other stretches of tight and twisty singletrack through the trees - the type that mountain bike dreams are made of.

It's a grunt in the uphill direction to be sure, and a real kick in the pants in the downhill. You may find yourself pushing your bike uphill, and fighting to stay aboard on the downhill. Towards the top of the gulch, the trail finally breaks into more open terrain and it's pretty smooth sailing on this end of the trail. It crosses through a large meadow (the beginning of Homestead Meadows) that offers beautiful scenery and fun riding.

It's a tough trail, but a worthwhile adventure!


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Aug 18, 2018
DLS 88
problaby would not climb this again on my bike, lots of hiking for me. downhill was pretty fun though 7mi — 2h 00m
Aug 12, 2018
Madison Belland
Very fun! Hitchhiked back after 3.5mi
Jun 23, 2018
Ella St. Pierre
Jun 15, 2018
lubes 17319
Dec 3, 2017
dave van tol
Looks like a great place to hike, but not a lot of fun on the MTB. Too many hike-a-bike sections for my taste.
Oct 22, 2017
Dave Reed
Hooo 16mi
Aug 11, 2017
Tomas Juergenson
On a cool, damp August morning I rode this trail and had an absolute blast. Linked up with Hermit Park's new stuff this is out of control awesome.
Jul 21, 2017
Michael Prochoda
Black diamond trail with a long uphill section which is definite double black diamond. Steep and technical in parts with brambles and high water bars.

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