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Hard Money Loop

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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

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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 18 votes

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  4.6 from 18 votes
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#followcamfriday Nate Hills and Dacre Dunn check out Hard Money
May 26, 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
Sweeping turns below sweeping views
Nov 27, 2021 near Central…, CO
Switchbacks optimized for climbing
May 26, 2021 near Central…, CO
Steep berms and alt-lines
May 26, 2021 near Central…, CO

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Nov 6, 2021
Peter Maloof
Mellow co-ed tour of Easy Money and Fast Money. Conditions are perfect. Dry and fast. 8.2mi — 1h 20m
Oct 13, 2021
Amanda Deen
easy, fast, and hard money 8.8mi
Oct 7, 2021
Shawn Caswell
Aug 28, 2021
Matt Carrigan
Ran out of energy. Very similar to Floyd hill. Ate half a banana and a protein ball beforehand. — 1h 15m
Aug 17, 2021
Kent Blackburn
Jul 18, 2021
Kelly Mozzetta
Jul 1, 2021
Kent Blackburn
May 24, 2021
Joshua Bebee
11mi