Ringtail / Swallowtail

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.40 out of 5
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Intermediate
8.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,300 ft
↓ 2,300 ft
7,343
elevation (ft)

Lariat
Trail Description
About this trail
The 3.5-mile Ringtail Trail begins on Nelson Open Space, off of Swallowtail Trail. Ringtail Trail climbs into the 308-acre Pike Hill Open Space, gaining elevation and entering Pike National Forest where it continues for an additional 2.8 miles until linking with the Pike National Forest's Indian Creek Trail. The Indian Creek Trailhead and Campground is an additional 1.6 miles south of this connection.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (17 total check-ins)
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  Joel Boeckmann   on Sep 8, 2018
  wilsonm73   on Jul 15, 2017
  John Fisch   on Jun 24, 2017
  BarDev   on Apr 16, 2017
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Reviews (13)
 

Epic


June 24, 2017
John Fisch Epic  
 
Review: Be advised Swalowtail is off limits to bikes. As such, the only legal way to ride this is as an out and back from the Indian Creek Trailhead. The problem is that makes this a "reverse profile" ride, meaning you finish the out portion with a long downhill and then you have to re climb it on the way back. Nevertheless, there is some very sweet singletrack here. After the initial climb, which is actually very pleasant, there is a long downhill which starts out blurry fast and flowy, and then gets steeper in grade, tighter in turns, and looser in the surface the closer you get to the bottom. Then you have to work your way back up that monster. Still, pretty well worth it. Too bad the don't open up at least a couple segments of Swallowtail so this could be done as an out and back from the bottom rather than the top--or even as a loop with the Indian Creek area trails.

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Gramcounter


June 7, 2017
 
Review: I rode about 9K in and back from the Indian Creek trail head. The initial 3K of uphill was pretty pleasant. Once you hit the top there was a long stretch of forest single track that was a lot of fun. Out of the forest, the trail started to become some heavy rock wash, not much fun. Underestimated the long climb back - harder than I thought. Lastly, some parts of the single track do not allow for much visibility to see what's ahead so on a crowded day, there could be consequences.

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Granny Gear

November 5, 2016
BNSparling Granny Gear  
 
Review: Wasted a couple hours trying to get to this trail today and never did. Douglas County directions are to access through Sharptail Open Space on Roxborough Park Road. http://www.douglas.co.us/dcoutdoors/openspace-properties/nelson-ranch-open-space/ Try #1 - Sharptail is closed for hunting through late Nov. But there are permanent signs saying the trail is not open to Mtn Bikes. Try #2 - Google maps sends you through Roxborough Park golf community (not the State Park). There's a guarded but I talked my way through. Drove through to the end. Theres a closed gate with signs stating no motor vehicles beyond. But there are signs saying you'll be towed without a community sticker. It would've been about a mile on dirt road to the trailhead from here. Try #3 - Went back around through the town of Sedalia and tried to access from Hwy 67 and W. Rainbow Creek Road. This looked possible on Google satellite imagery, but no joy. More gates. Private property. Perhaps I'll try again after hunting season. Anyone who's ridden this trail before - please explain how you got there. If through Sharptail - did it used to be open to MtB? If Sharptail is permanently closed, Ringtail may not be a viable trail any longer.

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Granny Gear

July 26, 2015
 
Review: The trailhead was closed to mtb when we were there this a.m. bummer because I was looking for a easier trail for my son that was near 80128

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Granny Gear

July 26, 2015
 
Review: The trailhead was closed to mtb when we were there this a.m. bummer because I was looking for a easier trail for my son that was near 80128

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Granny Gear

April 10, 2015
 
Review: Loved it.

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Granny Gear

April 10, 2015
 
Review: Very fun trail. Good variety of terrain from aspen/pine forests to brushland. Better to backtrack on Ringtail than to take the jeep road near Roxborough in my opinion.

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Granny Gear

May 2, 2014
greggweiss Granny Gear  
 
Review: This is really nice singletrack with great views. Swallowtail loop has some interesting switchbacks and rock formations to cross. Nothing technically difficult, but its a healthy climb back to Indian Creek Trailhead.

Similar Trail: Buffalo Creek

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Granny Gear

July 26, 2012
gar00vy Granny Gear  
 
Review: This trail system is not in Roxborough State Park. You cannot access it from the state park since they do not allow mtn bikes. The loops must be accessed from the Indian Creek trail (@~7500 feet in elevation). The loops are @!6400 feet in elevaiton. Its fun getting there, fuin around the loops, and a climb back to the car

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Gramcounter

June 11, 2011
 
Review: Very impressive singletrack with epic views of the front range, Red Rocks, and Nelson Open Space. Start at indian creek trail head, take indian creek trail to RingTail Trail, and go clockwise around swallowtail loops. Everything was marked really well. This is a 4.5 star cross country ride. Had to knock off a half point due to sand and overgrown vegetation.

Similar Trail: Anything in Colorado.

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Ringtail / Swallowtail MTB Trail 4.40 out of 5 based on 13 ratings. 13 user reviews.
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