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French Press

Intermediate

Trail

4.5 mile 7.3 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 9' 3 m
Descent: -1,944' -592 m
High: 10,935' 3,333 m
Low: 8,999' 2,743 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)

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Trail shared by Mike Pritchard

Super fast flow, massive high speed berms, sweet views, and fun boardwalk bridges. A quick favorite for many.

Mike Pritchard

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Downhill-only trail. Snowmass Bike Park.

Need to Know

Do not stop on the trail. Be aware of fast-moving riders behind you—please step off to the side of the trail if you do need to stop.

Description

Working with a caffeinated theme given its crossing of Expresso, this trail will have you buzzing by the time you return back to the top of the Elk Camp Gondola & Restaurant (by dropping down Papa Smurf) or whether you take its full length all the way down to its merge point with Viking.

Access from the top of the Elk Camp Chairlift by descending Vapor Trail for one mile. The trail starts on your left. While the trail is continuous, you'll cross over dirt work roads six times and pass by intersections with Expresso, Cross Mountain Trail, and West Government Trail as you descend the mountain.

Due to its smooth dirt cap for much of its length, this is the easiest way to descend this upper part of the Snowmass Bike Park. In addition to massive berms and high-speed rolling sections, you'll encounter elevated boardwalks where the forested slopes remain wet due to seeping hillsides.

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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed

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Jun 30, 2019
Paul Billings
From the gondola, up Xpresso to Lower French Press. Upper FP still closed.
Sep 23, 2018
Mike Levy
So fun and worth the climb! Up discovery, cross Mt to espresso and then the work road well worth the downhill fun!
Aug 23, 2018
Katie Purdy
Aug 22, 2018
Katie Purdy

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Jul 23, 2018 near Snowmas…, CO

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