Rocky, rooty, twisty climb that rewards you with some views of the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Those views let you know that you are about to start one of the BME stages down some fast and loose, rocky terrain.
After you have white-knuckled your way down, begin the ascending mellow traverse back to where you came.
Parking is free in the covered structure. Many cafes and restaurants in the area, as well as bike shops if you need a rental or a tune up. Winter Park Resort has a host of activities for the family if you need to blast a hot lap.
Start in the covered parking structure (free in the summer) at Winter Park Resort. Meander through the base area and warm up the legs by climbing Turnpike
, turn right at the junction to follow the covered aqueduct on Tunnel Hill
Turn left onto Upper Cherokee
, if the road starts to climb you have gone too far. Turn right onto Lower Arapahoe
(if you make it to Green World
you've gone too far) and start the technical, twisty ascent. Lower Arapahoe
eventually becomes Upper Arapahoe
, and keep your eyes to the right for the turn onto Eye to Eye
. This section of Eye to Eye
goes up and down, with lots of rocks to try to make it over.
This will spit you onto Tunnel Hill
Road and you should go straight over the road to rejoin Eye to Eye
. The road marks the start of the Enduro stage. Don't let the start fool you, it only gets steeper, faster and looser as your body gets more and more tired.
Turn right onto Ice Hill
. When you hit the railroad tracks, that is where the timed segment ends. Follow the railroad tracks and stay left on Serenity
to climb all the way back to Winter Park Resort. Stay on Serenity
bearing left at the junction with Tunnel Hill Trail
and you'll end up on the Road to Nowhere
and sprint back to the base on the finishing straight of the US National XC course.