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Midland Hill Gravel Loop

Intermediate
 3.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Nice local loop with good views and some elevation gain.


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Map Key

17.0

Miles

27.3

KM

5%

Singletrack

9,329' 2,843 m

High

7,943' 2,421 m

Low

1,613' 492 m

Up

1,604' 489 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

Features Views

Family Friendly 90% on a dirt roads with very little traffic. Section on Hwy 24 has some traffic.

Overview

16-mile tour around Midland Hill along dirt roads with nice views.

Need to Know

Restrooms at the start and finish.

Description

The loop starts at the popular Whipple Trails next to the Arkansas River. This is the only singletrack and the hardest part of the whole loop is the first 0.5 miles. After 1 mile, you are on the Midland Grade Road. This is the old railroad bed which has nearly no car traffic and is very gentle. You'll have nice views over the Arkansas River Valley. There are nice singletrack trails off to the sides, if you want to go exploring.

When you reach Old Midland Cutoff (376.A), the uphill gets steeper as you climb to 9,300' on the east side of Midland Hill. Again, nice views.

Then you have a long downhill on Lenhardy Cutoff 376 along the backside of Midland Hill in a remote area. You'll see vegetation changes as you go downhill. Eventually, you reach the 4 Mile area, which also has other biking options.

Then you reach Hwy 24 with three miles back to the start.

Contacts

Local Club: Buena Vista Singletrack Coalition

Sep 14, 2018: The Journey Begins

Land Manager: Chaffee County

Shared By:

Christof Stork

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Photos

Bacon Bits junction with Old Midland Cutoff
Oct 23, 2017 near Buena V…, CO
Cairns marking the nondescript entrance of Gentleman's Tail
Aug 2, 2013 near Buena V…, CO
The obvious start of 6032
Jul 17, 2013 near Buena V…, CO
The start of 6034
Jul 16, 2013 near Buena V…, CO
Crossing the Arkansas looking south
Jul 16, 2013 near Buena V…, CO

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