Red Mt., Grandstaff & Wulfsohn Trails Ride
ElevationAscent: 2,168' 661 m
Descent: -2,175' -663 m
High: 7,430' 2,265 m
Low: 5,758' 1,755 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)
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“Climbs, flow, jumps, and rocky tight trails. This is a great tour of west Glenwood Springs trail system.”— Mike Pritchard
At the end of the Olsen Trail, climb the bottom 50 yards of the Grandstaff Trail, and then make a right onto Red Mountain Jeanne Golay Trail, aka Red Mt. Road, which is paved for the first few hundred yards, and then dirt the rest of the way. Settle in for a big 1,500'+ climb, but at a pretty steady grade. The road is gated, limiting most vehicle traffic. This is good social climbing time if you're riding with a friend or a group.
Near the top of the climb, continue a few hundred feet past the top of Grandstaff Trail to go enjoy the big views of Glenwood Springs, the Colorado River, the Roaring Fork River, Glenwood Canyon, Mount Sopris, and plenty more horizon in the distance.
From the top of Grandstaff Trail, it's time to enjoy the big 1,500'+ descent! The trail includes a few original rocky segments, a few tight switchback turns, and increasingly more flow, big berms, rollers, and optional jumps as you get further down the mountain. Most of Grandstaff is a two-way trail, and it has numerous intersections with the adjacent hiking-centric Cross Trail. Enjoy your descent, but yield to uphill bikes and all foot traffic.
The Lower Grandstaff Trail is signed as "Downhill Direction" only! Enjoy the final segments of berms and features without uphill traffic around the corner! At the bottom, cross Red Mt. Road, and retrace your route back on the Olsen Trail.
At this point, you can return to the trailhead, or continue on the ride, climbing Wulfsohn Trail - South TH a short way until it's time to make a left onto the Defiance Trail. Defiance starts as a climb, steep and rocky at times, before dropping back down at its northwest end. Continue the ride by making a left onto Wulfsohn Trail - North TH, taking some care to stay on the trail to the left at a confusing intersection that you'll revisit soon. At this 'trails' end, you'll find the Wulfsohn Mt. Park northern trailhead, and the start of Stevie Bob Trail.
For a full tour of West Glenwood, as an option, ride paved paths to the north a few hundred yards to visit The Wave on the Colorado River - you might catch some kayakers or paddle boarders surfing on the man-made feature.
To finish the ride, take Stevie Bob Trail to the southeast. You'll cross over Wulfsohn Trail - Lower once, and then meet it again at the end of the trail. Take the wide cinder Wulfsohn Trail - Lower (if you're in a rush) or Wulfsohn Trail - South TH (if you want a final bit of singletrack) back to the trailhead.