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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Lariat
Elevation: +707/707 ft
Total: 34 riders
 

Mountain Biking Midland Hills Trails

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#47 of 1,344 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#480 in the world

The Midland Hills Trails are a few relatively new singletrack trails located near the Collegiate Peaks overlook. They run up to the old railroad grade/Midland Trail, but based on the kiosks I checked out, these few trails seem to be labeled as their own entity.
Setup as a loop with a spur (or a lariat, depending on where you start), these trails all pretty mellow for the most part, but they do have plenty of rocks and swoopy turns to keep things interesting!
Depending on how you access the trails, a great route is to descend Django, head back up towards fistful of Dollars, drop down and do an out-and-back to the KOA on the A Few Dollars More trail, and then finish climbing back to the top on Fistful of Dollars.

First added by Greg Heil on May 8, 2020. Last updated May 8, 2020. → add an update
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Near the Collegiate Peaks Overlook. You can park at the Overlook (which costs money), or at the upper Midland Trailhead.
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  • Kristyne
    Reviewing Django:
    *****

    Road down this trail yesterday-my first time. There are some good obstacles most of which seem to be before or after turns. There are some narrow (between rocks), riots, small rocky areas, and some large boulders. Very fun...can't wait to do again.

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  • Scott Anderson
    Reviewing Fistful of Dollars:
    *****

    This trail is fun in both direction. The grade for climbing is pretty mellow (if your acclimated) and the obstacles mostly doable. Very well built trail.

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  • Scott Anderson
    Reviewing Django:
    *****

    The first time I rode this trail was up. I did not like it so much going up. Just rode it down and it was a very fun ride. It would have been even better had my fork not gone flat. Combine this with Fistful of Dollars and the Gentelmen's Loop for a really nice ride.

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  • John Fisch
    Reviewing Fistful of Dollars:
    ****

    This trail rounds out the Midland Hills loop nicely. The grade is kept fairly mellow, but it's steep enough to rack up some speed if descending or get your heart rate up if climbing.

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  • John Fisch
    Reviewing A Few Dollars More:
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    This is definitely worth adding on to your Midland Hills loops! The techy obstacles, while still intermediate level, seem to come more rapidly. Coming back up is a steady climb, but the obstacles keep it entertaining and the grade is manageable.

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  • John Fisch
    Reviewing Django:
    *****

    Super fun and flowy, especially on the downhill. Rolling from obstacle to obstacle is a real hoot. Nothing extreme, but just enough to make sure you keep on your toes. A very enjoyable ride!

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  • John Fisch
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    This is a very entertaining intermediate trail system. It could use a few more miles, but what is here is top notch. The flow is nice and while it may be a bit much for a newb and won't challenge an expert, it should put a smile on most faces.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter
    ****

    This trail system is like Arkansas Hills Lite. The hills aren't as steep here as they are right out of Salida, the rocks aren't as gnarly, and there isn't as many miles of trails. However, the ecosystem is essentially the same as that of the Arkansas Hills, just located a bit further up river. So, the views are similar, the trees and vegetation are similar, the sandy soil and rocks are even similar. If only this trail system had more mileage, it would be well-worth a regular drive up from Salida to shred!

    Note: these trails can be combined with the Whipple trail system via the Midland trail.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter
    Reviewing Django:
    *****

    The swoops and rocks on this trail are super fun! While the rockiness is quite entertaining, it's all so rideable that I'm still giving it an intermediate rating.

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