This is a loop ride that exploits the pure gnar that defines Austin Bluffs Open Space.
This open space is very aggressive in natural rock placement so be sure to bring a spare tube, chain link, and possibly a flask to kill the frustration.
This ride starts at the traffic circle on Rock Hurst Boulevard. From there, hit the trailhead and shoot for the right which will drop you down Loose Moose Downhill
. From there, enjoy your descent as it is short-lived. You'll then head up the mellow but steep climb of South Hill
- enjoy the punchy climbs and then hang a right on The Pinch
. You'll never know what's in store as it likes to change a bit every day. Follow it down to Rockhurst Descent
to Stone Hill Trail
and start the grind.
Instead of taking the left to the neighborhood up top, keep going straight to Angry Squirrel
which is a love-hate relationship of a trail and pure hell on wheels. Follow this rocky, challenging mess all the way down the hill until you meet Mr. Goates
. Follow it to the right until you run into Puplit Rock to Lame Duck Connector
and start your next serious grind.
Once at the top, hang a left on the main Pulpit Rock Trail
and catch your breath. Hang a right on Knuckle Grinder and turn right on Knuckle Dragger - be careful picking your line as the consequences could be bad if you go OTB here. Follow the trail through until you hit the junction of North Foothill Trail
. Follow this trail's flowy, poppy line all the way back to the beginning of Mr. Goates
. Follow Mr. Goates
to the base of Pulpit Rock (Lame Duck)
and enjoy a nice, mellow climb back to the start point. You are done and probably need to get your derailleur hanger adjusted, but wasn't it fun?
The open space is a joint ownership venture between UCCS and the City of Colorado Springs.