Level: Advanced
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +1,550/ -1,481 ft
Total: 2 riders

Mountain Biking Mansfield Ditch Trail

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#465 of 1,348 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#4,787 in the world

Descend the singletrack down a grassy valley, past the abandoned Spring Cow Camp on your left. Continue descending until you come to a small creek. Cross the creek and look for a singletrack on your left signed Mansfield Ditch. Climb a short steep hill and begin the long traversing Mansfield Ditch trail. The trail traversing at a gentle contouring grade above steep canyons to your left. Expansive views are frequent along this stretch of trail. At times this trail can be overgrown and sections can be hard to follow. If in doubt just stay with it and the tread will soon reappear. After many miles of excellent singletrack arrive at a flat spot where Mansfield Ditch trail No. 2291 goes right and begins a fast, at times technical downhill. The last mile or so of this descent is arguably the best on the west slope. Soon you will arrive back at Buford Road No. 245. Take right and ride the pavement for 0.25 miles back to the cattle guard and your vehicle.

First added by adamcornely on Nov 10, 2016. Last updated Apr 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 the 4 way stop in New Castle, travel west on US 6 through Downtown New Castle. Take a right on 7th street and travel north. Veer left on Buford Road No. 245 and travel west. Take a right on Buford Road No. 245 and travel north. Park just beyond the cattle guard at the end of pavement. To ride Mansfield Ditch as a loop, park at the cattle guard and ride up Buford Road No. 245. To shuttle the ride, park a car at the cattle guard, and continue driving approximately 8 miles up Buford Road No. 245 to the large parking area at the top of the road. Once at the top of Buford Road continue for another half mile or so and take a right on FS 820. Descend this fast double track and arrive at the start of the Mansfield Ditch Trail No. 2291 marked with a sign marker on your right.
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  • philtronium

    We helped cut in this trail 20ish years ago...it was wonderful then and can only be better now...go do it!

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  • adamcornely

    Mansfield Ditch has it all. Gentle road climb up through a beautiful forest. A long traversing singletrack next to steep canyon walls and a ripping, technical descent. You will not be disappointed.

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