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Level: Advanced
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Other
Elevation: +72/ -582 ft
Total: 42 riders

Mountain Biking Boy Scout Trail

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#170 of 1,348 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#1,234 in the world

For the first mile from Doc's the trail is mostly 4-wheel drive rutted hell. The ascent is pretty steep and requites some hiking. Start at the Doc Holliday trail head, ride to the cemetary and then head straight across to a gate. You will then come to a cattle gate which you will have to climb around. No biggie. The next 3/4 of a mile is rigorous but worth it. At the mile point you'll come to a meadow and a nice view of Sopris. Hang a left and follow the road to single track. This will lead you home. Follow the rolling single track a few miles until you get to a fork. This is where you officially meet up with boy scout. Hang a left or else you'll end up at Hubbard's Cave. The rest is all down hill and somewhat technical. This trail will take you to 9th and Palmer, approxamately 4 blocks north, and 1 block East of where you started. You can then drop straight down to Bennett and ride the 4 blocks back up to your wagon. This is the best trail in Glenwood.

First added by Jamie3233 on Aug 15, 2008. Last updated May 9, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
The "legal" way to do this trek is to ride up Red Canyon Road on your bike or a shuttle. To do this take Highway 82 South towards Aspen until you get to Buffalo Valley/Beau Jo's. Hang a left on Red Canyon Rd and go up almost 2 miles. This route is 2 miles. The preferred route is to take Doc Holliday's trail up through a small stretch of private, meeting up with the Boy Scout. To get to Doc's take a left on 13th off of Grand/82 and then left on Bennett. The trailhead is well marked.
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  • ****

    hard climb up, but it was worth it. Love the views from above to the city below.

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  • uber_franz

    This ride was all-right. A long slog and a really technical descent. I'd ride it again, but wouldn't make a destination out of it.

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  • gwsrida

    For sure a good time. Rode Forest Hollow way and shuttled to top parking lot and when I got down, I almost felt like I cheated or something. Usually such a sweet down hill begins with a little uphill punishment. Nothing more than a little warm up and then pure grins ALLLL THE WAAAAY DOOOWWWNNN...

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  • guerillabike

    Does anyone have more information about connecting sleepy hollow with boyscout? I tried yesterday and got lost. I had a map from gjmountainbiking.com and thought for sure I followed it to the T. I ended up going down a single track with two mtn bike features (a couple of ladder ramps) and then the trail disappeared. To the right was a faint trail that went along the hill but seemed to be going the wrong way. To the left a super overgrown single track. SO i am wondering was I in the right spot? There also was a creek and power lines near by overhead. Any help would be great because I would like to do this trail.

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  • jbc531

    great trail I did it as an out and back great climb as the start make it a goal to climb non stop

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  • gr8fulcolorado

    Although the route up from Cemetery is more direct, THE BEST way to ride Boy Scout is to connect with Forest Hollow Trail from the parking lot above Red Canyon Road. Good warm-up climb on jeep road to begin, then sweet winding and rolling single track. Finally reach the amazing views above the Colorado River and Glenwood Canyon before descending the steeeep Boy Scout section back into town.

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  • [email protected]

    One of my favorite trails in Colorado. The downhill is super fun with nice burms and little rock jumps formed up. I took the "preferred" route through Docs Trail, and as stated, there is definitely some hiking due to the scrabble on the old single track. The view of Mt Sopris is amazing at the meadow.

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  • cmrfixit

    Talk about an adrenaline rush!!!

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  • iansanity

    great colorado trail. Sweet views of Glenwood canyon, flowing singletrack. Gets steep @ the end
    Start by driving up Red Canyon road. Best done as a shuttle ride
    * Review edited 5/30/2011

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