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Royal Gorge Tour

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (21) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice tour of the trail network north of the Royal Gorge with awesome flow and some tech.


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11.6

Miles

18.6

KM

100%

Singletrack

7,108' 2,167 m

High

6,527' 1,989 m

Low

1,161' 354 m

Up

1,160' 354 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

On this ride you'll get views of the Royal Gorge and Sangre de Cristo Mountains, as well as views of Pikes Peak to the north.

Need to Know

These trails are open to foot traffic as well as bikes. Please ride with caution and be respectful of other users.

Description

The ride starts off County Road 3a at a picnic area. There is a bathroom to change in and ample room at the parking area to stage your start.

Take the Canyon Rim Trail heading east. This is a steady easy climb with a few sandstone features to ride over. Turn right on Far Out then a right onto Le View. You can take in the view of the gorge and Sangre de Cristo Range from here. Continue on FAR Out to Summit Trail, an out-and-back climb to the top of Fremont Peak followed by a nice descent.

You'll rejoin FAR Out, staying to the right this will take you to Cañon Vista and eventually S'mores. S'mores loops around the campground. When you reach County Rd F30 at the northwest side of the campground, cross it to take Dark Side of the Moon. There is a slot drop over a granite rock which is technical and fun; stay to the right coming off the drop to flow onto the trail. This is one of the most fun trails in the park with awesome downhill flow through a recent burn area.
Loop back to the campground on TBD and then S'mores with a climb. When you reach the parking area for the campground head west on Canyon Rim Trail to head back to your car. This is a gradual down hill with intermediate tech; it's a nice way to round out the ride.

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Canon City

Shared By:

Michael Silver with improvements by David Andrus

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  4.6 from 21 votes

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Jul 17, 2020
Justin Archuleta
sweet ride. tecky stuff with lots of flow returning to parking depending on route. could get lost and explore for days on this trail system. NOTE:…
Jun 10, 2020
Alexander Jonathan
with overlook loop and twisted cistern 10mi
May 8, 2020
Maribeth Olsen
2544 elv with soph! almost green-easy. 12.6mi — 4h 43m
Apr 25, 2020
Tim Bock
Feb 2, 2020
Anthony Milani
Extremely fun ride! Mostly technical but some flowy sections on a couple of the downhills. Sporadic muddy and icy sections, but didn't ruin the ride. 11.7mi — 3h 08m
Dec 7, 2019
Matt Rettmer
MUD/ICE/SNOW...don't ride. Looks rideable however anything with shade will be mud/snow/ice. 6.5mi — 1h 00m
Oct 12, 2019
Mike Resetar
Trails are dry, even with the snow the other day. New trails Made in the Shade and Twisted Cistern are awesome. 14.7mi — 3h 30m
Jul 28, 2019
Rose Digianantonio