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Larimer County Cycling

Intermediate
 4.1 (14) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A long, easy climb on well-designed singletrack followed by a great, fast descent.


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Map Key

21.8

Miles

35.1

KM

100%

Singletrack

7,234' 2,205 m

High

6,129' 1,868 m

Low

1,603' 489 m

Up

1,600' 488 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Overview

This loop uses several different trails along the Colorado/Wyoming border in an almost wilderness setting. The early part of the loop is classic high plains riding with gently, albeit sandy, climbs.

The easy climb saves your energy for a long twisting descent back to your car. Be sure to stop and enjoy the views from the top of Cheyenne Rim Trail.

Need to Know

This is a long way from anything. Bring lots of water, sunscreen, and food. Exercise caution while riding as help could be a long way away. Cattle are present on the trail, and the area is rattlesnake territory so be aware.

Description

This route makes a long loop of existing trails, heading counterclockwise along Pronghorn Loop, Pronghorn Loop to Mahogany Loop Connector, Mahogany Loop, Canyon Trail, and Cheyenne Rim Trail

The trails climb on relatively smooth and easy tread. There is some sand on the Canyon Trail but it is relatively short. Once you reach Cheyenne Rim Trail, the terrain becomes more challenging and technical with lots of rocks and fast descents and a few substantial climbs. It's mostly downhill but has some surprises. Watch for teepee rings and fire rings at the top of Cheyenne Rim Trail.

There are numerous loops that can extend this long ride even further if you wish.

History & Background

The area has been home to humans for over 20,000 years as evidenced by Folsom culture finds at the Lindenmeier site (northernmost parking lot off the Mahogany Loop to Canyon Trail Connector).

Contacts

Shared By:

Stuart Black with improvements by Brad Nelson

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 14 votes

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  4.1 from 14 votes
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Photos

The golden hour at Red Mountain is amazing.
Sep 10, 2016 near Laporte, CO
Climbing up to Cheyenne Rim with the Sinking Sun behind us.
Sep 10, 2016 near Laporte, CO
Amazing views !
Aug 30, 2015 near Laporte, CO
Looking at the Red Stone Open Space
Jul 14, 2019 near Laporte, CO
Most of numerous gates in the Soapstone Area are now equipped with cattle guards, so you don't need to stop.
Nov 16, 2017 near Wellington, CO
Mahogany has a few fun rock features.
Nov 5, 2016 near South G…, WY

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May 23, 2021
Eric Newman
Wind at the end, super fun, beautiful views — 3h 25m
Jul 31, 2020
Brad Nelson
14h 00m
Jun 14, 2020
C C
May 30, 2020
Blake Randell
21.8mi — 2h 45m
May 11, 2020
Kim W
Trail mostly dry, no one at the trailhead, cold around 35deg but was plenty warm. Beautiful singletrack trail and also saw some wildlife. 21.8mi — 5h 45m
May 9, 2020
romy odaniel
Sep 22, 2019
Jason Craig
Trail clear, nice Sunday afternoon ride. 21.2mi — 3h 04m
Aug 26, 2019
Tom Moritz
The trails are in good shape. Grass is tall making it difficult to see the trail sometimes. 21mi — 3h 15m