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This trail is in the process of being rebuilt, so hopefully there will be less hike-a-bike in the future!


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Map Key

4.9

Miles

7.8

KM

Singletrack

14,418' 4,395 m

High

10,523' 3,208 m

Low

3,895' 1,187 m

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0' 0 m

Down

15%

Avg Grade (9°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

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Description

This trail starts with a moderately steep, but smooth ascent through aspen and spruce. At treeline, the trail gains some stairs, but still remains mostly rideable. At around the three-mile and 12,400-ft mark, the trail gets much steeper and becomes mostly unrideable to the summit.

Be prepared to hike your bike through loose scree for the last 2,000 ft up. Going down the trail is 95% rideable, but expect very hot brakes!

The new re-route (2020) is a complete fail for bikes. Unrideable for bikes in either direction and it's on a north face so it will have snow on it most of the summer.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tyler Vaughan with improvements by Evan Thomas-Richards and 1 other

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  4.5 from 19 votes

#863

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  4.5 from 19 votes
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#863

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Photos

Mt. Elbert Summit
Jul 3, 2023 near Leadvil…, CO
Pushing up at around 13,000'
Sep 24, 2019 near Leadvil…, CO
Half way to the summit of Mt. Elbert. About a mile after tree line.
Jul 3, 2023 near Leadvil…, CO
There was a little bit of snow at the top on 07/01/23 but nothing on the trail.
Jul 3, 2023 near Leadvil…, CO
View of the loop from the CT. Start far left on Black Cloud to first left top, then hike along entire ridge to middle, then ride down entire right side ridge.
Nov 4, 2019 near Leadvil…, CO
Dropping in off the top looking to the south. Very loose and steep but super fun.
Oct 2, 2020 near Leadvil…, CO
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