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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +414/ -403 ft
Total: 76 riders

Mountain Biking Idlewild Trail System

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#84 of 1,354 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#595 in the world

There are a number of trails in this system that make great loops on mostly singletrack and a little doubletrack. A fun 8 mile route (as shown on the map) would be - start on Meadow Trail, take a right on Cross Trails, left on Whoops Trail, right on Southfork (fun fast downhill) and then follow Southfork across the creek (great place to cool down) to Burnout Loop. Follow the Burnout Loop (fun either direction) and then continue on Southfork, crossing the wooden boardwalks. Follow Southfork to the Ditch Trail (actually ride in an old irrigation ditch) and back to Cross Trails to Whoops Trail (turn right this time) and take it to Serendipity Trail and back to Meadow Trail. There are many more trails in the area, pick up a map at a local bike shop It is a great area with singletrack, boardwalks, creek crossings and views of the mountains!

First added by grandlakejames on Jun 9, 2012. Last updated Aug 17, 2021. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: no
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: no
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: no
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Getting there
Starting from downtown Winter Park, head north on Highway 40 to Rendezvous Road (about a mile), follow this road (when it intersects, take a right) up the hill until Friendship Drive (on the right) then follow this road less than a half mile to a pullout on the right where Meadow Trail starts. There is very limited parking, only about three spaces. An alternative would be to ride from Winter Park up Cross Trails to Meadow Trail.
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  • MTB with M&Z

    Very fun trail but if your not very experienced then watch out because I went otb and I'm a decent rider on the black diamond trail there are a lot of gnarly switchbacks so watch overall great trail

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  • bboehman

    Rode here several years ago and it was my first mountain bike experience! Needless to say coming from flat central Indiana I was hooked! Loved the Winter Park area and look forward to a day to come back to Colorado where it all began. The trails were a blast!

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  • gregval   ✓ supporter

    Trail pretty much as detailed above. Ditch trail is very flat. Crosstrails goes up an old ski hill, so a little more vertical. Trails are well-signed, so hard to get lost.
    A resident said that it is not a good idea to park up on Friendship Rd; residents don't want anybody parking up there. Better to park behind Hernando's Pizza place; N39 55'38.69 W 105 47'06.59. Trail starts at N39 55'37.81 W 105 47'04.29 This then requires you to climb about a 1/2 mile and 200 vertical feet. Fun trail, though.

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