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South Valley Loop

Intermediate
 3.8 (16) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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9.6

Miles

15.4

KM

85%

Singletrack

6,119' 1,865 m

High

5,808' 1,770 m

Low

978' 298 m

Up

978' 298 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

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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

Shared By:

Jonathan Cox

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  3.8 from 16 votes

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Photos

A clockwise loop of Grazing Elk Trail
Aug 17, 2019 near Ken Caryl, CO
Heading north (uphill) on Coyote Song
Jul 30, 2018 near Ken Caryl, CO
I rode the Coyote Song Trail, with awesome red rock formations, and some sweet flowing downhill. The trail was closed for the final portion, so I rode the rest of the way on prairie falcon.
Oct 4, 2020 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

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May 14, 2021
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Apr 10, 2021
Steve B
9.6mi — 1h 25m
Sep 13, 2020
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Sep 1, 2020
Nick Dahlin
Aug 27, 2020
Chris Martin
Section closed for construction 4.6mi — 0h 43m
Jul 11, 2020
Chad Homuth
Jun 22, 2020
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Jun 20, 2020
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