May 1, 2012
You WILL walk your bike. The top is cool and the air is thin. We swore we'd never come back when we got to the top, but after we rode the very doable, fast, semi-scary downhill, we reconsidered.
Seven Bridges Trail
September 6, 2011
The grade of this trail makes it a real challenge and most people will walk a full mile of it. The stretch after the second fork and the ensuing switchbacks are beyond challenging, especially since you're starting at 9,700'. However, the view from the top is spectacular and the plummet back down the way you came will put a huge grin on your face. Well worth it. For additional miles, you can head out through Horsethief Park for a few more miles of high altitude singletrack. This is a very popular hiking route, so go off-peak if you can to maximize your fun.
EDIT: The clearing at the top mentioned in my description is not the actual Pancake Rocks--you've got another mile of significant drops and climbs before you get there--the trail dead ends on the pancake rocks--you'll know when you're there. This is beyond fantastic when the aspens are at their peak, but don't even think of going on a weekend in aspen season.* Review edited 9/27/2012
The Crags is nearby, but not as challenging either technically or physically.
Pancake Rocks MTB Trail
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