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Level: Advanced
Length: 2 mi (3.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +303/300 ft
Total: 14 riders
 

Mountain Biking Howard Trail

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#864 of 1,322 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#9409 in the world

e Howard Trail is an mtb trail that roughly parallels the Arthur's Rock trail in Lory State Park. Howard can be accessed from the parking lot on the Mill Creek Link Trial, and climbs about 1000 feet to the back Arthur's Rock, where it intersects with the hiking trail to the summit. The trail can be ridden as an out and back, or as a loop with other trails. I prefer to climb the Timber Trail and ride down Howard because there's too much hike-a-bike on the way up Howard, so I'll describe it in that direction.
The upper part of the trail is very narrow and rolls up and down thru a dense forest -> fun. As the trail turns downward it begins throwing big technical rock obstacles at you, including group of drops with lot of off-angle complications. They are virtually all rideable, but there are lots of endo opportunities with fairly high consequences. There is a section of swoopy flow, and then the trail throws in a steep section with lots of log drops -> fun on the way down but not on the way up. The bottom section is medium speed switchbacks, with enough rocks to keep it interesting.
The trail mixes in very tight switchbacks throughout the ride. You won't be able to ride them all without some advances techniques.

Before you go
  • Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
From anywhere in Ft. Collins, go west until you hit Overland Trail Road. Take a right and follow the road north. Take a left onto Bingham Hill Road and follow it west. In 2 miles, the road runs into RD 23. Take a left, and follow the signs to Lory State Park.
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