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Hits the three most fun descents in Idlewild Trail.


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Map Key

15.6

Miles

25.1

KM

80%

Singletrack

9,703' 2,958 m

High

8,764' 2,671 m

Low

1,766' 538 m

Up

1,760' 536 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Overview

This is a better version of the "Winter Park East" route published on the Headwaters Trails Alliance official Fraser Valley map. That recommends climbing the Buck Creek fire road, but that's pretty dreary. This does most of the climbing on enjoyable singletrack and hits the three most fun descents in the area: Arrow, Broken Thumb to Twisted Ankle to South Fork Loop (8 mins descent at high speed), and Burnout Loop which was recently reconstructed as a flow trail.

Description

If you love technical climbing, start by going up Yankee Doodle Trail instead of Meadow Trail as this route shows. That is more fun for skilled riders, but not shown here since newbies won't enjoy the technical switchbacks. Enjoy first descent down Arrow. Couple of aggressive grade reversals here so be ready to downshift.

Loop around on some slightly rockier singletrack and ride past the top of Arrow to an access road that will take you to the midpoint of Broken Thumb trail. The section above here is mostly not worth riding -- it is open to motos so tends to be super loose scree.

This route starts you halfway down where you get a nice, fast traverse followed by the longest descent in the area (Broken Thumb to Twisted Ankle to South Fork Loop ). Fantastic riding.

Then, do a quick loop on Burnout Loop for a final touch of flow, then loop through wetlands, over a bridge, back to where you started.

If you are up for a bit more climbing and descending, you can traverse back towards the start on Whoops Trail instead of the route shown here.

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Shared By:

Alexander Vogenthaler

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Photos

East side trails review.
Sep 27, 2020 near Fraser, CO
Uncut course preview top to bottom run of Yankee Doodle Downhill starting at the intersection of Yankee Doodle, Crosstrails, and Corona Pass Road (County Road 80).
Jul 16, 2019 near Winter…, CO
Bridge crossing with meadow and Indian Peak views.
Mar 7, 2016 near Fraser, CO
Twisted Ankle start.
Aug 7, 2016 near Fraser, CO
An old lift just outside Fraser.
Jun 8, 2015 near Fraser, CO

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