Level: Advanced
Length: 1 mi (1.6 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Other
Elevation: +0/ -174 ft
Total: 6 riders

Mountain Biking Lost Cause

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#541 of 1,348 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#5,503 in the world

Lost Cause is the most challenging descent down Methodist Mountain. The upper section of the trail is basically a straight-down rocky plummet down a washed out singletrack. I could see that some parts have been repaired, have been rerouted, or have water bars across it, but I wonder if this section of trail has been named "Lost Cause" since making it sustainable is a lost cause.
Still, this trail is located in the very dry high-desert climate of Methodist Mountain, so this area doesn't receive much rain. AND it's a blast to ride, so even though it might be a lost cause, you still gotta love it!

First added by Greg Heil on Aug 2, 2013. Last updated Apr 28, 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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Part of the Methodist Mountain trail system
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  • kuala_tahan

    Loose, sketchy, fast and fun!

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  • John Fisch

    This descent provides some welcome fun as part of a loop on the Little Rainbow for an advanced rider or adventurous intermediate. Carry as much speed as the narrow trail and sometimes sketchy surface will allow.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    I've said most of what I have to say in the trail description above, but this is a fun, old school singletrack descent with plenty of entertaining gnar! Yeah, it could be gnarly, but it's still a blast!

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