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Next Jen

Intermediate
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Climbing focused trail that winds through oak and sagebrush to big Mount Sopris views and the top of Skull Bucket Trail.


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Map Key

2.9

Miles

4.7

KM

Singletrack

8,438' 2,572 m

High

7,749' 2,362 m

Low

717' 219 m

Up

125' 38 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

Winter seasonal closure from Dec. 1 through April 15.

Need to Know

The Next Jen trail (aka Next Jeneration) includes a major reroute of the lower portion of the original Jens trail, which was constructed in 2018 to remain completely on BLM land.

Description

Next Jen connects Creek Side to Skull Bucket Trail, climbing its way through gnarled oak tree groves and sage meadows. The views of Mount Sopris from the high point are worth a full stop and break... and you'll probably need it. The uppermost set of switchbacks are a challenge and they are preceded by a short but very steep segment of trail that only the strongest will clear.

Most of the trail provides for a great climb, with some brief flat and down sections to roll you into the next bit of pedaling. Tight corridor vegetation will require your attention, especially with wider handlebars.

This trail also rides well in the downhill direction although most riders will use it as a climb. About halfway up the trail, you can find the Dinkle Link Trail, which connects to the Prince Creek / West Sopris Creek Divide Trailhead and Parking Lot.

Contacts

Shared By:

Mike Pritchard with improvements by Kristen Arendt and 1 other

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  4.1 from 7 votes

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Start of Dinkle Link trail at intersection with Next Jen, Mount Sopris views abound when heading in this direction.
Aug 24, 2018 near El Jebel, CO

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Jun 10, 2020
John RL
Rode Next Jen today...evidently had recent driven cattle herd up the trail as copious piles of crap entire way up. Came upon the herd at the summit.
Sep 26, 2018
Jason Troxel
A good start, I guess. Many stumps on edge of tread as well as a few in the tread, seems not much care given during construction of trail. 3mi — 0h 30m
Sep 18, 2018
Stephanie Striefel
walked some switchbacks near top, and that one climb; beautiful views, foliage was beautiful 1.2mi
Sep 11, 2018
Stephanie Striefel
rode with chris, in near darkness; very pretty, not as steep as I figured, still tough; more fun going down (obviously), even in the dark 1mi