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Shortest way to ride the downhill-only trail, Hard Money!


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5.5

Miles

8.9

KM

95%

Singletrack

9,198' 2,804 m

High

8,193' 2,497 m

Low

1,012' 309 m

Up

1,013' 309 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

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E-Bikes Allowed

Features Drops/Jumps

Overview

Shaded mellow climb to the top of the bike-only, downhill-only rowdy, bermy, jumpy Hard Money trail.

Description

Want the fastest way to the goods? The intermediate-advanced, bike-only, downhill-only rowdy, bermy, jumpy Hard Money? Well, here you go!

From the Historic Gilpin Tramway, make the first right onto Millsite Trail. This two-mile singletrack through the pines is one of the nicest ways to climb nearly 700 ft. The tread is very accommodating and there are few technical challenges, but it is designated as an intermediate trail. While it is only an average grade of 6.4%, there are some punchy sections and climbing corners that will add to your workout. If the altitude is hurting you, there's a great overlook at 1.6 miles in to catch your breath.

The top of Millsite hooks up with Easy Money. Take the left fork on Easy Money to continue the climb, then cross the service road and keep going. Keep heading up Easy Money, up and up and up. You'll have the option of two additional switchbacks if you want to see the summit of Maryland Mountain, otherwise take the left onto Hard Money.

Now here are the goods. Hang onto your saddle for two miles of you-won't-stop-grinning downhill fun. At the bottom, take a left on Historic Gilpin Tramway for another lap or to get back to the trailhead.

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Wendy Sweet

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  4.6 from 31 votes

#493

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  4.6 from 31 votes
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#followcamfriday Nate Hills and Dacre Dunn check out Hard Money
May 26, 2021 near Central…, CO
Sweeping turns below sweeping views
Nov 27, 2021 near Central…, CO
#followcamfriday Nate Hills and Dacre Dunn check out the goods
May 26, 2021 near Central…, CO
Steep berms!
May 26, 2021 near Central…, CO
All jump features are optional
May 26, 2021 near Central…, CO
Getting air on an optional jump line.
May 26, 2021 near Central…, CO
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