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Level: Advanced
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +373/ -428 ft
Total: 65 riders

Mountain Biking Government Trail

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#265 of 1,379 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#2,379 in the world

The gem of Aspen area. Best ridden west to east. From Divide Rd. TH also the start of the Ditch Trail, head out Ditch Tr and about a half mile or so is the Connector Trail on your left. This is a short cut to Government. Stronger riders will continue another mile down Ditch, past the bench and up to the start of Government which is on the left going uphill just as Ditch starts to descend rapidly. The start is very steep and rocky and may require a push or two within the first mile. Soon the trail becomes smooth and levels out a bit before traversing the mountain. From the intersection of Connector and Government, this awesome singletrack meanders up/down and over/around with any climbing involved to be at a minimum. Very scenic yet demanding. Great high altitude singletrack. Drops abruptly into Maroon Creek in Aspen. Can catch a free bus back to Snowmass Village or ride bike path.  PLEASE NOTE : East Government has wildlife protection closures in place each year from Elk Camp to Buttermilk  Trail is closed and enforced from May 15 - June 27th.  Opens June 28, 2020.

First added by david_darling on Jun 26, 2010. Last updated Sep 21, 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
From I-70 take exit #116 to HWY 82. South on 82 for 35+ miles to Brushcreek Rd. Right or south on Brushcreek for approx. 5.5 miles to a split in the road, go right onto Divide Rd. and in over a mile a parking area on leftish.

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