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.