Black Forest Section 16 Trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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2.92 out of 5
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Easiest
4.0
miles

Doubletrack
↑ 200 ft
↓ 300 ft
7,498
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
Nice gentle four-mile loop through the trees, good shade and incredible scenery. No huge climbs or descents, but rolls nicely: clockwise is more gradual climb to top elevation. Trail is roomy, but does narrow in spots. Plenty of horses & runners & dogs, so be prepared to yield.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (12)
 

Granny Gear

August 18, 2019
 
Review: First time being on a bike on one of these trails. This is listed as a beginner trail so I decided to check it out. It does have some rougher spots on this trail with sand and washout erosion. There a a few hills to be prepared for, but the trail is in decent condition overall. There are quite a few people walking/hiking, taking dogs for a walk, and a few other bicyclists there. Evidence of horses on the trail remained in some cases, but I didn't see any horses today. Overall if you are looking for a place to start out on a bike this is a fairly safe bet, plenty of shade and doable for most people I would think. I am old and out of shape so I was concerned, but it turned out I was able to muddle my way through. I will certainly be going back to continue to work on my fitness levels and enjoy the nice location. Wanted to bring up the address on single tracks is not for the main trail head and will have you parking on the side of the road in a not so great location. If you want to go to the main trailhead with a real parking area here is the correct address: 8510 Burgess Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80908

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Trailblazer

April 28, 2017
tetontom Trailblazer  
 
Review: An excellent trail to ride with kids or someone who's never been on a mtn bike. Or if you live in the area and can get in a lap or 2 as part of a quick neighborhood ride. This is not a destination. The surface of the trail was mostly tacky and well-maintained, a bit sandy in sections. Several entry/exit options for folks riding in from different directions. Well signed, with some interpretive displays as well.

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September 26, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: I have been riding this trail regularly for two months. It seems to me as it does with other riders I have talked with that over the summer, the trail has become more sandy over time. The sand is such that it can really suck the joy out of what could be a really fun ride. There are spots where you can start flying down a hill and at the bottom is a turn filled with sand. If you don't know the sand is there, it can even be dangerous. The sand is deep enough that the front wheel can dive and steer you where you don't want to go. The scenery is pretty good. The trail has a few short steep climbs and is a good width to accommodate the horses, hikers and dogs. This trail is heavily used, even during the weekdays it can attract a fair amount of traffic. I spoke with a cyclist who has ridden this trail for years and he stated that the winter tends to tame the sand. I hope so. It is the end of September and there are a number of areas where the trail is getting pretty chewed up. It could use some grooming. I guess I would agree it is a beginner trail. At a comfortable pace, you can do a loop in about 25-30 minutes. Just be careful with the sand.

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Gnarly

August 15, 2015
Brian87 Gnarly  
 
Review: This is a great beginner trial. With a decent climb on the east side, the rest becomes a great down hill with a few hills in it. The only real challenge to this trial is all the sand, which can still your momentum making some of the hills a little harder. All in all this is a great trial to go to after work.

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Bunny Hop

June 6, 2014
 
Review: Very sandy. This is not one of my favorite places to ride, but I had never been there and thought I would check it out. If you start out heading West, it's a long slow uphill grind to the North East corner of the square loop. Then it's a pretty fun downhill ride save for the sandy spots on turns that kill your groove. I'd say that more than half of this trail is loose sand which makes the uphill grind that much painful. The downhill payoff is nice, but I'm not so sure it is worth the effort for such a short ride. Good chance of encountering horses and joggers as well.

Oh and the loop is actually just under 4 or more miles (3.885 taken from the same point in the parking lot) per GPS. I'm not sure where everyone is getting 4 miles. If you don't count the parking lot, it's even shorter.

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Granny Gear

April 26, 2014
msulentic Granny Gear  
 
Review: Not much more to say than what has already been said. I think it is a great trail for kids just beginning to mountain bike or for adults trying to get back into MTB. If you do a couple loops (4.3 miles/loop) it can be a pretty good workout.

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Bunny Hop

June 8, 2011
jmr4400 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: I just took my new Specialized 29er SJ Comp on this trail and I needed more after 4 miles. This is a good trail to bring your little ones to, which I plan to do. It provides a few down hills which can be a challenge for beginners and kids. I will give it a 3 because it is a little short. This is a trail I will be coming back to for speed training and exercise.

Similar Trail: Ute Trail, Garden of the Gods

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Granny Gear

June 3, 2011
 
Review: This was my first official trail (I've ridden country roads) and it was really fun! I was pulling a bike trailer with my 4 year old daughter in it and it was challenging and a great workout! We rode it in just under an hour.

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Granny Gear

May 10, 2011
 
Review: Great trail for beginners, Great after-work trail. I took my kids (7 & 11) here for there intro to mountain biking ride. They were thrilled. Rolling Hills, You feel like you're deep in the forest, though you are really never more than 100' from the road. No technical challenges to speak of, but a good one to get you into riding shape for more challenging trails. Definitely NOT a white knuckes, bugs in teeth type of ride, but a good relaxing family cruise. Way better than Black Forrest Regional Park, but you'll find more interesting/challenging trails in the area.

Similar Trail: Black Forest Regional Park / Fox Run

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Trailblazer


October 2, 2010
2_Salukis Trailblazer  
 
Review: New maintenance has filled in many of the drainage areas, which will make it less muddy when wet and less rutty when dry. The only thing more beginner would be a fire trail.

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Black Forest Section 16 Trail MTB Trail 2.92 out of 5 based on 12 ratings. 12 user reviews.
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