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Rim Trail Loop

Intermediate

Trail

11.0 mile 17.7 kilometer loop
70% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,729' 527 m
Descent: -1,726' -526 m
High: 9,171' 2,795 m
Low: 7,884' 2,403 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)

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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

Great singletrack ride with awesome views!

Nick Wilder

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North Rim Trail closed December 1 - May 15 for elk.

Overview

One of the best singletrack rides in the valley. It's a great loop including lots of climbing on the bike path to 7 miles of great singletrack.

Description

Park at the Rodeo Parking lot soon after entering Snowmass Village. This ride is best done clockwise (though either direction is good), so ride up the Brush Creek Bike Path until you are just below the main ski area. It's a good bit of climbing on the bike path system, with several junctions. Keep climbing until you are just below the base of the main ski area.

Cross Brush Creek Road at a point just before the road makes a final, sweeping turn that brings you to the base of the ski area. At this spot, you'll cross Brush Creek Road and take Divide Road 100 yards to the Rim Trail trailhead.

Start off with a 700' vertical climb. The trail is well-built for bikes though, with widely-rounded switchbacks and a very smooth surface, so it's a very enjoyable climb. It's pretty exposed to the southern sun, so it could be quite hot on a warm sunny day.

Once at the top, take a left and go 100 yards to the high point and enjoy the remarkable 360 degree view.

Return those 100 yards, then continue on slightly descending, fast and fun singletrack right along the rim. There are occasional breaks in the trees that are worth stopping for and taking a peek.

More fun descending, sometimes through forest, takes you to a saddle point and a road crossing. This is a bailout option if you're in a hurry or tired. Otherwise, continue on, with some moderate climbing until you get to one final 400' climb.

Like the first climb, the surface is nice and it's well laid out for bikes, and it's over pretty fast. There are more great views from a bench at this high point.

Now it's a pure descent all the way to the car, and it's a blast: singletrack all the way through some aspens, but mostly sage meadows on nicely contoured trail. The views are astounding if you can take your eyes off the trail for a second. It ends all too quickly with a short stretch of a bike path that leads back to the parking lot.

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May 8, 2020
Kiera Connelly
North side closed for Elk until May 15th
Oct 1, 2019
Kathy Brown
if you are not yet acclimated or have a lake body part and want to go easy soon yourself take the local blue bus from rodeo parking lot to drop off…
Sep 20, 2019
Creighton Grof-Tisza
Aug 12, 2019
Tarik Hopkins
Aug 4, 2019
Randy Baird
Sep 29, 2018
Brradley Kessler
11mi
Sep 25, 2018
diego herrera
12mi
Sep 22, 2018
Vinh Nguyen
I stop quite a bit to take pictures. It's a scenic place. 10mi — 3h 11m

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Photos

Grinding up Rim Trail's second hill.
Sep 10, 2013 near Snowmas…, CO
Climbing over - time to descend!
Sep 10, 2013 near Snowmas…, CO
Top of the climb up Rim Trail
Sep 10, 2013 near Snowmas…, CO
Lots of spots like this as you traverse across the top of the Rim Trail
Oct 21, 2014 near Snowmas…, CO
This is the desecnt of the North Rim Trail in Snowmass Village from the bench to Sinclair road. I filmed this with a GoPro 4K with a Karma grip and 2X speed.
Jul 6, 2017 near Snowmas…, CO
View from top of the initial climb
Jun 23, 2018 near Snowmas…, CO

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