Red Hill Sampler
ElevationAscent: 1,734' 529 m
Descent: -1,729' -527 m
High: 6,940' 2,115 m
Low: 6,144' 1,873 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)
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“Very fun network but the climb up could be easier!”— Heather Huitt
Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed
After reaching the top, the terrain thankfully flattens and the trail joins Blue Ribbon for a short distance to the intersection of Bogus Trail. By now, you should be breathing normally again. Turn right and follow Bogus past Roller Coaster and both turns for Faerie Trail and turn right again on Elk Traverse. You'll soon find yourself back on the beautiful red sandstone you encountered on Three Gulch Trail but in a more enjoyable grade! You can include Outer Loop for some more distance or continue past it.
Upon reaching Northside Loop continue straight past the first intersection of Sage Loop and turn left at the Big Top Trail #82951 sign. Apparently this trail is named differently on the two ends! It has more downhill ridden counterclockwise. Ride it back to the Sage Loop sign and go back to the intersection with Northside Loop. Continue back to Elk Traverse and retrace your ride to Faerie Trail. Turn right on Faerie and return to a five -way intersection.
For this ride, we took Blue Ribbon which includes numerous technical rocky challenges until we reached an intersection for a newly-built downhill named B-line. Mountain bikers and downhill only. It took us past the exit for Blue Ribbon and to the bottom of the road climbed up on in the beginning. It is steep with numerous tight switchbacks and rocks.
Overall a very fun combination of skill levels and almost every trail feature you can think of.
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Dogs Allowed
Local Club: New Castle Trails - RFMBA
Land Manager: BLM Colorado - Colorado River Valley Field Office