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Trail

21.8 mile 35.1 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,603' 489 m
Descent: -1,600' -488 m
High: 7,234' 2,205 m
Low: 6,129' 1,868 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)

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Trail shared by Stuart Black

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

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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).

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Jun 10, 2019
Chase Gross
21.8mi — 3h 00m
May 27, 2019
Mark O'Neal
Apr 23, 2019
Jeremy Huffaker
Apr 6, 2019
Robynn Levene
Nov 17, 2018
Ethan Costain
Very windy, eastern loop and ridge road a little boring 20mi
Oct 1, 2018
Stuart Black
Watch for snakes! 21.7mi — 3h 04m
Jun 18, 2017
Bo B

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  4.7 from 3 votes

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