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The Grind

Intermediate
 3.5 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Flowy singletrack on the downhill and easy doubletrack on the uphill, showcasing the Highlands Point trail system.


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4.0

Miles

6.5

KM

60%

Singletrack

6,258' 1,907 m

High

5,956' 1,815 m

Low

353' 108 m

Up

355' 108 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Allowed

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Highlands Point trails are open for riding to Highlands Ranch Community Association members and their accompanied guests.
(Please bring your HRCA membership card with you when accessing any of the HRCA trails)

Overview

This route was named by the Mountain Vista High School cross country team for its constant change in elevation, and the fact that you can mentally check out and just get to the work on the ascent. We're going to take that and flip it, because consistent downhill is what we like to hear. Speaking of consistency, the flow never fails to present itself on the way down, and the views are remarkable.

Need to Know

Parking can be found either at Mountain Vista High School, or at the East/West trailhead off of Grigs Road.

Description

Starting just below high point, this route takes full advantage of what little elevation change can be found east of the Front Range. The loop can be taken either way, and it's not an uncommon occurrence for bikers to be seen going uphill on the singletrack.

Instead of memorizing which specific trails to follow (Cowboy Up to Longhorn Ledge to Outlaw to the East/West Regional Trail), it's much easier to remember this simple rule: always stick right (obviously this is the opposite if taking this route in reverse). The only exception is when you reach the service road, which is clearly marked as "not a trail" and "trespassing."

The trails are well-built, but it does get loose around sharp bends, so be careful not to slide out.

Contacts

Shared By:

Thomas Beatty with improvements by Chris Conley

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  3.5 from 4 votes

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Photos

Well marked trail intersections with mileage
Sep 9, 2015 near Highlan…, CO
Gate entrance at the North end of the Cowboy Up trail.  It can be easy to miss from the Douglas County East/West trail.
Sep 9, 2015 near Highlan…, CO
Views of Highlands Ranch and downtown Denver from West Fork - Big Dry Creek Trail.
Aug 21, 2019 near Highlan…, CO
Josh walking his bike up an easy uphill after a long day's work.
Jun 13, 2020 near Highlan…, CO
Austin taking a loose turn on a borrowed bike.
Jun 13, 2020 near Highlan…, CO
Map of the Highlands Point Trail System.
Jun 13, 2020 near Highlan…, CO

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Apr 8, 2021
Matthew Koenig
EWRT Up to the Grind 4.8mi — 0h 47m
Oct 6, 2020
Brandon Beasley
Sep 20, 2020
Brian Wingate
13.2mi — 2h 30m