West Magnolia

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.29 out of 5
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Intermediate
9
miles

Other
↑ 2,200 ft
↓ 2,200 ft
9,466
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Take a compass or GPS, as this is a substantial trail network. There is forested single track, double track and a smattering of access roads. Grunt climbs, fast, twisty downhills, both technical and not, it's all here. Most of the trail is in the trees, with great results when the Aspens turn.
added by RobGramcounter September 27, 2006
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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  zmiko   on Oct 26, 2014
  antho_bldr   on Oct 25, 2014
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Reviews (17)
 


July 13, 2014
 
Review: This trail system is pretty awful. Just a confusing and ugly network of fire roads, campgrounds, and mediocre singletrack. After two years of riding the front range I can say I have never given a trail two stars but this place is a waste of time considering all the great places to ride in this region.

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June 12, 2013
 
Review: The trails are decent, even with all the tree removal work done in the last year. A bit bumpy where the equipment has crossed. Sections are quite steep and rocky, and you will do some hike-a-bike there. The Hobbit trails were pretty good; Hobbit 2 had almost no trees now.
I couldn't get into a very good flow for much of the trails south of Haul Rd; steep rocky sections interspersed enough. Re-root was good, but again, much of the tree cover is now gone.
The trails north of Haul Rd really are rough and up/down quite a bit, with more horse activity in the east sections. (Stable right there near the main road)
I think the trail surface may improve some as more people ride them.
For me, the 50 minute drive is a bit too far to be worth it to come back.
THe maps at the TH match the trail marking numbers. I couldn't find a map like this on the ForestService site. I used a Boulder Mtn Bike Club map, which was pretty good.

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June 12, 2013
 
Review: While the trails are still there after all the tree removal work, some of the trails are pretty bumpy now, a result of the equipment running over the trails. Hobbit 2, while a nice trail, is mostly in the open now, with almost all the trees removed there.
The ups/downs tend to be pretty steep and rocky, particularly on the north side of Haul Rd. (Really a waste to ride much of that)
Re-root is pretty cool and windy.
Never found a real good flow to any of the trails; there was too many up/down rocky sections to bike/hike through.
Horses use many of the trails, and can beat them up a bit. Lots of interspersed forest roads. Trails have Forest Service signs on them; not sure where you can get a map like the ones at the trailheads. That would help a bit. I got a map from the Boulder Mtn Biking club, which was good enough.
For me, this wasn't really worth the 50 minute drive; there are much better trails closer.

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May 25, 2013
 
Review: A nice change of pace from the Boulder and Lyons trails. A solid 3.5 stars. I enjoy the high country so I rated it a 4. We parked near the main road and biked about a mile to the trail head. You can drive to the trail head and save about a mile but either way it's no big deal. Bring a GPS device or a good map. Our Runtastic app on our iPhone helped us navigate through the area. Lots of campsites and logging roads also.

Similar Trail: Buffalo Creek

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May 25, 2013
 
Review: This trail is a nice change of pace from the Boulder and Lyons trails. Very wooded at times. Has both smooth/flowy sections and very rocky sections. 20 degrees cooler here than on the front range. Elevation is almost 9000 feet so air is a bit thin. We used our iPhone and Runtastic GPS app to find our way around the area. It was very helpful.

Similar Trail: Buffalo Creek.

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May 26, 2012
 
Review: I ran out to catch this one before the USFS closes it for the summer, maybe longer. As a highly touted trail network close to other trails I really like (Sourdough, S. St Vrain, Buchanan Pass), my expectations were high. In the end, I found it to be an okay ride, but not worth the drive. There were interesting spots, but long stretches of less interesting trail inbetween. I'm sure it's better to go with a local who's mapped out the best routes. Even taking that into account though, I can't account for the popularity of this trail.

Similar Trail: Sourdough, South St Vrain and Buchanan Pass and the entire network that connects these trails. Also Golden Gate Canyon State Park.

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October 5, 2011
 
Review: A LBS near Boulder recommended this trial instead of Betasso. I wasn't disappointed. Found our way to Sugar Magnolia for a good down, then up hill romp. The TH map is vague and outdated, but re-root was great fun. Some sand, yes, but not much. Check out the videos

Similar Trail: Buffalo Creek, Heil Valley Ranch

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August 9, 2011
 
Review: I rode this today for the first time and it blows. There are logging trucks everywhere and sand pits around every bend. Driving up there from Boulder was a big disappointment. Should have just ridden the Betasso like I usually do...

Similar Trail: The sand pit at the Valmont Bike Park

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June 3, 2011
 
Review: Awesome Trails!!! I will be coming here a ton!

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August 11, 2010
 
Review: Good flowing singletrack. The key to avoiding the sandy trails and trails more heavily use by equestrians is to stay south of CR 132. More parking is available down CR132 not just by the hwy. Some newer trails are available where Root Canal is listed on the map called Re-root. Most of the trails in this area outline the camping areas. These trails often cross jeep trails accessing the campsites. The jeep trails offer easy access back to your car or to other trails.

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West Magnolia MTB Trail 3.29 out of 5 based on 17 ratings. 17 user reviews.
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