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Rock Hopping Leg Breaker

Intermediate/Difficult
 2.2 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Fun, technical mix of climbs and descents.


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Map Key

7.1

Miles

11.5

KM

85%

Singletrack

6,664' 2,031 m

High

6,340' 1,932 m

Low

943' 287 m

Up

944' 288 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

This is a loop ride that exploits the pure gnar that defines Austin Bluffs Open Space.

Need to Know

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.

Description

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?

History & Background

The open space is a joint ownership venture between UCCS and the City of Colorado Springs.

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Vance Fast

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  2.2 from 5 votes

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Photos

Headed down South Hill
Mar 12, 2019 near Colorad…, CO
Austin bluffs open space, view of pulpit rock rock in the distance and the front range in the background.
Jan 7, 2019 near Colorad…, CO
Pulpit Rock from Mr. Goates.
Aug 10, 2016 near Colorad…, CO
Taking a Break on Mr. Goates
Apr 24, 2018 near Colorad…, CO
Pulpit Rock from Mr. Goates.
Aug 10, 2016 near Colorad…, CO
At the bottom of the descent
Aug 4, 2015 near Colorad…, CO

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Jun 21, 2020
David Delgado
Aug 24, 2019
Nick Marvel
Apr 20, 2019
Edgar Gonzalez
Jan 16, 2019
Vance Fast
8mi — 1h 45m