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South Valley Loop

Intermediate

Trail

9.6 mile 15.4 kilometer loop
85% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 978' 298 m
Descent: -978' -298 m
High: 6,119' 1,865 m
Low: 5,808' 1,770 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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Trail shared by Jonathan Cox

A great beginner-to-intermediate loop for fun or cross country training.

Jonathan Cox

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Overview

This is a great loop that can easily be expanded to Deer Creek Valley and Hildebrand trail systems for longer, more challenging terrain.

Description

This ride starts with a nice warmup along the Coyote Song Trail. From there, you head over the hogback on Lyons Back/Pass Trail, up a challenging little punch of a climb for a hundred feet of elevation gain. On the other side, take a fun little descent on Columbine Trail to a fast climb up the Cathy Johnson Trail. Turn left back up the Columbine Trail for a twisty moderate climb back to the other side of the hogback.

Rejoin the Coyote Song Trail with a left turn. At the next intersection, you'll take a sharp right on Prairie Falcon Trail. Follow Prairie Falcon until you cross Deer Creek Valley Road. Continue until you meet up with the Grazing Elk Trail. Take a left on Grazing Elk Trail and follow it until the intersection with Rattlesnake Gultch Trail. You'll cross Deer Creek Valley Road again, and find the trail again just past the entrance of the Deer Creek Valley Park on the right. Climb to the main parking lot. Turn around at the parking lot and head back on the same trails to the South Valley Parking lot.

Optional: For more riding continue up into Deer Creek for some more challenging terrain and loops above.

Contacts

Land Manager: Ken Caryl Metro District

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May 27, 2020
Jeremy Billauer
First ride of the season — 1h 20m
May 9, 2020
Erik Doebel
Mar 16, 2020
James Drybanski
Dec 11, 2019
Grayson Barber
Oct 21, 2019
Jamie Knight
Not great
Sep 15, 2019
Cole Maag
First time ride late in the day. Only did a small portion of the loop. Was very fun on the downhill and I am outta shape for uphill. The. like was… 5.5mi
Aug 14, 2019
Caity P
Jul 28, 2019
Karim Kazantsev
7mi

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  3.8 from 11 votes

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Photos

Heading north (uphill) on Coyote Song
Jul 30, 2018 near Ken Caryl, CO
A clockwise loop of Grazing Elk Trail
Aug 17, 2019 near Ken Caryl, CO
Rattlesnake Gulch west side descent
Aug 13, 2019 near Ken Caryl, CO
Rattlesnake Gulch east descent
Aug 13, 2019 near Ken Caryl, CO
Climbing up Grazing Elk trail just after the road crossing
Jun 9, 2019 near Ken Caryl, CO
Passing through a small ravine on Grazing Elk trail
Jun 9, 2019 near Ken Caryl, CO

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