Elk Meadow

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.22 out of 5
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Intermediate
13.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 4,000 ft
↓ 2,600 ft
7,578
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
There are two different flavours of rides here.
The Meadow trail is the easier option. The singletrack
is wide most of the way and has only a few technical sections (switchbacks, rocks, etc.). The trail is fast, particularly when you head into the meadow about halfway into the loop.

The Bergen Peak area is much steeper and more technical.

Watch for other trail users as this is a popular trail with hikers and bikers alike.

Check out the map before you head out and grab your own copy at the trailhead if available. There are a ton of options out here so it's quite possible to get lost (or miss out on the fun sections). Bon apetit.
added by Jeff BarberWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions
 

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Q: Where can I rent bikes to use on this trail? -kander85

A: Castle Rock is not close at all to this trail, it's almost 50 miles away. There may be a place to rent in Evergreen, but you can demo some good bikes out of Golden.

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System Trails (7)
System Trails (7)
Bergen Peak
Painters Pause
Meadow View
Founders
Sleepy "S"
Elk Ridge
Too Long
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Reviews (49)
 

Gramcounter

February 4, 2017
 
Review: Scenic loop around a beautiful meadow. I rode this trail when it was partially covered in snow. Nothing very technical, but a real joy to ride.

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Gramcounter


July 13, 2016
 
Review: If you decide to include the Bergen loop, there is no way that this is an intermediate trail. Over 6k of uphill with loose rock, technical and roots. All it takes is a good "motor".

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April 16, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: Lots of options. Meadows,thick pine forest,and high alpine. The climb all the way to the top is a bear. The descent down will make you forget the climb.

Similar Trail: 3 sisters

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Trailblazer

March 16, 2016
bigAD Trailblazer  
 
Review: A fun buff loop with a handful of options. Great scenery. A really fun winter fat bike ride but the inclines can get pretty icy in the shade of the trees.

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Bunny Hop


November 10, 2015
rongrossi Bunny Hop  
 
Review: This ride is different clockwise from counterclockwise. Counter is too tough for me now.

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Granny Gear

October 31, 2015
pusherr Granny Gear  
 
Review: Super fast downhills on the Sleepy S. Oh but watch out. The volunteer "patrol" crews are over zealous douchers who like to put on a little show. But avoid them and its a fun tall to rip.

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Gnarly

October 18, 2015
 
Review: A good ride. Nice and easy down in the meadow, but no way the ascent/descent is a Blue/Intermediate. The Bergen Peak sections should be rated Black/Difficult.

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Gramcounter

August 12, 2015
stacilynn Gramcounter  
 
Review: Good beginner trail in a beautiful meadow, a couple of deep gravel patches that will bog you down momentarily, decent workout on the ascent, but all very rideable.

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Granny Gear

July 4, 2015
 
Review: Took the whole family 49,48,14 and 9. Did the meadow loop clockwise, everyone enjoyed it. The uphill was on the verge of being too much but didn't last long and the long downhill run out made it all worth it. Loop was only about 5 miles.

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Trailblazer

September 2, 2014
tetontom Trailblazer  
 
Review: An excellent trail, typical of the JeffCo parks. We rode the "lower loop" counter-clockwise (painter's-meadow view-lazy s) and it was perfect to enjoy with my wife, who is easily intimidated but wants to improve. She had to get off her bike on a couple tricky steps of climbing, but zoomed down all the downhill.

Similar Trail: Flying J Ranch, Dawson Butte, South Valley Park

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Elk Meadow MTB Trail 4.22 out of 5 based on 49 ratings. 49 user reviews.
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