Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: 4x4 Trail
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +1,394/1 ft
Total: 16 riders
 

Mountain Biking Russell Ridge

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I read about this trail in the Falcon Guide for the Denver/Boulder area and decided to check it
out. It said the first mile or so was on ATV trails so I was prepared for the torn up trail, big ruts,
and huge puddles (it must have rained ALOT there recently). Supposedly there is some
singletrack out here but I never found it (I suspect it had been closed for some time, too many
motorized vehicles using it probably). The trail was super muddy but there was no one out here.
I did find a pretty sweet granite chute on part of the trail, that was pretty much the highlight.
Looking at a map of the area it appears that you can connect to some singletrack (trail 692 I
think) but I got bored with the trail way too soon (plus it started getting really rocky). Let me
know if you have more info on this trail, especially if there's a better way to do it.

First added by Jeff Barber on May 11, 2020. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
From I-25 in Castle Rock, take the exit for US 85 to Sedalia/Littleton. In Sedalia, turn west onto CO 67. Head into the mountains about 15 miles to the tiny town of Sprucewood. At the store, turn right onto Pine Junction Rd., trailhead parking is immediately on the right in a gravel area.
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  • sawtooth
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    This trail has good views and gets your blood flowing during the initial accent. The middle section of this ride is the best. If I biked this one again I would leave off the last mile or so of this trail because it gets really rocky with several sandy sections toward the end. An alternative turnaround point is:
    N 39 23.884
    W 105 08.566

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  • Churchmr
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    Russell Ridge is actually accessed before the town of Sprucewood. About 2 miles before Sprucewood you will be at Moonridge. Follow the signs to the Archery range. Park at the Archery range and ride the 4x4 roads from there. Much better riding than the trail previously mentioned. It is not singletrack but an old forest road. Better rides out there but if looking for something new to break in the lungs/legs its not too bad when Indian Creek is full.

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  • dtherron
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    1st couple miles is a pretty rough pitted ATV/Snow Mobile trail. Pretty easy to ride all though it is loose in a lot of places. You head up the the bowman property and on the other side up the road we found some single track. By that time we didn't have a whole lot of time to ride it and get back. I believe it was trail 692 but it wasn't well marked. We had fun, buddy broke a chain on his stump jumper. We'll definitely go check it out again and see if we can hit the single track. The ATV trail made for fun down hill.

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