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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Lariat
Elevation: +5,525/ -4,729 ft
Total: 77 riders

Mountain Biking Ringtail / Swallowtail

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#159 of 1,376 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#1,106 in the world

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.

First added by searsandrewj on Jun 29, 2009. Last updated Apr 30, 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
Hikers and horse riders may access from Sharptail Ridge Trailhead. From Hwy 85 (Santa Fe) turn west on Titan Parkway and drive 2 miles to Roxborough Road; turn left and drive south for 3.7 miles on gravel road; Sharptail trailhead on the left. NOTE: Hikers and horse riders accessing from Sharptail Trailhead must travel approximately 8 miles before reaching the eastern end of Ringtail Trail.

Multiple users, including mountain bikes and pets on a leash, can access from the Indian Creek Trailhead of Pike National Forest; however access from Indian Creek Trail does require a daily parking fee of $4 (7/04 price). Note: From the Indian Creek Trailhead to the western end of Ringtail Trail is a distance of approximately 5.7 miles.

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