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Level: Beginner
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: -
Total: 5 riders
 

Mountain Biking Brookside-McCurdy South Side

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#787 of 1,344 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#8729 in the world

The bulk of the Brookside-McCurdy trail lies within the Lost Creek Wilderness, so you can't ride it. However, this trailhead gives you over 3 miles of sweet singletrack before the wilderness boundary. This isn't a very popular access point, so you get the trail all to yourself. Due to the short length before hitting the wilderness boundary, I don't recommend making a trip just for this ride. I had some leg left after riding from Kenosha Pass south to the wilderness boundary and back, so I deciced to hit this on the way back home--I'm glad I did. The ride is unique, uninhabited, and the scenery is fantastic. As you hug the steep mountain to your right, you look left across a broad valley with a ranch perfectly situated in the basin surrounded by stunning ridges and grow green with envy at the lucky folks who live there. Some of the ride is wide and gravelly, but most is prime singletrack

First added by John Fisch on Apr 28, 2020. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
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Head west from Colorado Springs on US 24. About a mile past Lake George, look for a right turn on a paved road (77). Head north just over 15 miles on 77, past the entrance to Spruce Grove Campground and enter the Twin Eagles Campground. Park at the end of the road, grab your bike, head across the bridge, and hook a left.
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  • rsmarg
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    DO: Plan a trip to this region as it's beautiful and unique
    DO: Bring your bike.
    DO NOT: Plan a trip to this region specifically to ride.

    Short Story: Beautiful trail, great views, not very long or challenging, but fun and worthwhile if already in area. Good trails to introduce new riders to backcountry mountain biking.

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    I've lived in CO my whole life and never been down to this area, the western side of the Lost Creek Wilderness. I was stoked we did. Its beautiful terrain. No alpine peaks but equally great: very unique rock formations like in the BuffCreek/Waterton region but bigger, blanketed in aspens.

    We came down to spend a weekend with a bunch of friends, all with kids, so we stayed at the Spruce Campground, about an hour south of Jefferson. Great spot to set up shop: Tarryall Creek runs through it, great for tubing. Beautiful canyon, tons of hiking, no hookups but flat.

    This area has a ton of amazing hiking trails, but they're almost all within wilderness. Brookside-McCurdy and Lizard Rock trails, though, have non-wilderness portions that are fun on an MTB, both rideable from Spruce CG. Unfortunately, while they can be looped together for what would be a 6.5 mile loop, you cannot legally do so because 3/4 mile of it is within wilderness. That said, its still worth bringing your bike if you already have plans to be in this area.

    Brookside-McCurdy climbs out of the Twin Eagle CG (about 1.5 miles up road from Spruce) up to the wilderness boundary. At first the climb is steep and rough, but its definitely rideable. It then levels out a bit, then its an XC, mild climb to wilderness. It takes you through amazing aspen groves with some twisty berms and such that are a kick on the return downhill. Couple technical sections but cleaneable by advanced riders. It also offers windows of views into the Lost Creek and McCurdy Mtn. complex which features ridiculous rock formations, as well as glimpses of the 14ers Lincoln/Bross/Democrat way on the other side of South Park.

    Since there aren't many technical sections and no major climbs this is a great trail to bring a novice MTB'er.

    Go here in the fall and its going to be awesome when the aspens change.

    Since MTB's are not allowed into wilderness Brookside-McCurdy is an out-and-back. However, its definitely worth hitting the Lizard Rock O/B trail, too, since its so close.

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