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Level: Beginner
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +4,315/4 ft
Total: 72 riders

Mountain Biking Midland Bike Trail

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#1039 of 1,344 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#10734 in the world

Starting at the Arkansas River, cross the foot bridge and start uphill. About 200 ft vertical of tough climbing to start, then it eases up a bit onto the old Midland Railroad bed.

First added by gregval on Apr 29, 2020. Last updated Apr 29, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
From Hwy 24 in Buena Vista, go east on Main St. (This is at the stoplight) Go about 1 mile to a park on the Arkansas River. That is the trailhead.
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  • Scott Anderson
    Reviewing Trail #1450.A:

    This route has now been replaced by 'Bacon Bits', a new singletrack section that connects at the junction of Midland and 1450A and runs over to connect to 376A.

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  • Scott Anderson

    The Gentleman's Loop has been changed. New singletrack added to by-pass the rutted/eroded 1450A trail and a good chunk of 376A. The riding is nice and flowy with some advanced rock features planned for the near future.

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  • uber_franz

    This trail is easy cruising on an old RR grade. The views make up for the lack of technical/physical requirements

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  • Ben Sloman

    I don't know if this is just the road or any of the single track, I would say there is some intermediate uphill if it is the single track and not too difficult tech but not beginner.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    This trail was perfect for a relaxing spin with the wife. The scenery was gorgeous, the trail was mostly easy, with a few challenging sections thrown in to keep things interesting. While Midland was fun, I'm looking forward to getting back here to try out some of the other trails that connect to Midland--seems like they have more potential

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  • Ceeski

    Midland is a beautiful trail that can get very hot. I would recommend bringing a good camera and riding the trail in the morning because most of it is on the western side of the mountain. I did this from downtown BV and accidentally hopped onto a hiker only trail that wasn't marked (oops), but it was really fun. I wouldn't drive to BV to ride this, but next time I go rafting I'll hit up Midland again.* Review edited 8/30/2011* Review edited 8/30/2011

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  • kuala_tahan

    Nice singletrack, good little climb to start the trail off. Rode it from the Arkansas River right off Main St, and the trail branched in a couple directions, and I have no idea if I stuck on the Midland trail or rode another one. Couple semi-technical sections, nothing overwhelming but enough to make you work a bit. Coming down's fast & fun. Took the girlfriend on the trail (beginner rider) and she enjoyed it, so it's that type of trail.

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  • Hunyuk

    This is a fun trail with easy accessibility from the Buena Vista river park. If you start from the river park in town the first mile is a fairly challenging climb to the rail road grade. Once you hit the rolling single track it's pretty easy and a lot of fun.

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  • skiboybri

    I have done quite a bit of riding in this area, and have often bypassed this particular trail due to descriptions. I have missed out on some good riding. Starting with a road on the old grade is fun if you are into history, and then the single starts, and is is just plain fun. You can make it hard if you want to in many of the arroyo crossings, and there are great views along the way. A good DO IT if you have the time in the area.

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  • Steve_Morgan

    Much easier going back into town than away from it.
    Good for kids, as long as they control downhill speed.

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  • John Fisch

    This trail was really a pleasant surprise. I only stopped here because I had my 7yr old son with me. I fully expected nothing special with boring scenery. What I got was a unique experience. Since the trail is an old railroad bed, it's rather wide and has a very moderate grade. However, there's a few places where the railroad crossed ravines on trestles. The trestles are now gone, so you have to drop in and climb out of the ravines, so there's a small technical fix. The scenery isn't alpine like nearby rides at higher elevations, but it's really cool cruising through all the rock formations that were cut through for the railroad. Finally, the season here is much longer than in the surrounding alpine areas. It's worth a stop, especially of other options are snowed in.

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