West Magnolia

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3.33 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 RobTrailblazer September 27, 2006
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (21)
 

Gramcounter


July 1, 2016
drtjumper2 Gramcounter  
 
Review: This is a great network of trails near Nederland, CO, only about 30 minutes outside of Boulder. This is a series of interconnected trails that will connect you between Nederland and Rollinsville. Love the Super Magic Bus loop. There's a little bit of everything on this trail for riders of all levels, including plenty of technical rock sections.

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Bunny Hop


June 29, 2016
 
Review: Definitely need some type of GPS so you do not get lost like I did. The trail I took had long uphill with a record amount of exposed roots. Ended up going too far south east and backtracking. So many better trails than this one.

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Gramcounter


March 13, 2016
 
Review: It has been a few years since I moved away from the area, but when I lived there I rode these trails for a good 16 years or more. It had changed a lot when more people started finding them, and then when the forest service started marking them, but there are still some really nice and challenging trails back in there. The area has everything from nice swoopy trails thru the trees, to crazy technical climbs, to chest to the seat steep & technical downhills.

Finding the trails can be confusing as one reviewer said, and maybe that it why he gave them a "mediocre" review. I used to see people blow by trail entrances all the time and just keep riding the forest roads. Some of the secret trails have been found and marked, and others seemed to remain a secret.

Oh, I will mention that it is quite possible to run across people camping out in the middle of nowhere, some who might put you on guard. There definitely had been some crime problems at times. I think usually people ripping off other campers, but be aware.

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Gramcounter

September 28, 2015
jkovaly Gramcounter  
 
Review: These are some great trails , especially if you are looking for something different than the typical Front Range rocky climbs followed by sketchy downhills. Recent trailwork and cool obstacles built on Root Canal made it clear these trails are being maintained. I parked at the trailhead on Hwy 119, then rode road 1mi down trail 925A to the 2nd trailhead. I then took Observatory to Trail 927 and rode that trail (aka; Hobbit 3, 2, 1) around to Root Canal. Then left on dirt road back to Trail 925 and took that back to the car.

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Gnarly

July 13, 2014
jkey6 Gnarly  
 
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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Gnarly


June 13, 2013
gregval Gnarly  
 
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 13, 2013
Guest   
 
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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Gnarly


May 25, 2013
alskoj Gnarly  
 
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
Guest   
 
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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Epic


May 26, 2012
John Fisch Epic  
 
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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West Magnolia MTB Trail 3.33 out of 5 based on 21 ratings. 21 user reviews.
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