Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 mi (6.4 km)
Surface: 4x4 Trail
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +404/86 ft
Total: 8 riders

Mountain Biking Sand Gulch

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#737 of 1,346 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#7,491 in the world

Sand Gulch is a 4x4 road that begins in the Pinon Hills subdivision, loops around and then up the mountain, junctioning with the end of the Double Rainbow trail and climbing all the way up to an intersection with the Rainbow trail. Alternatively, this is a key connection allowing riders to descend from the Rainbow Trail and to access the lower Methodist Mountain Trail System.

This is a washed out, loose, sandy doubletrack 4x4 trail, but it makes for a high-speed raucous descent when dropping down from the rainbow trail!

First added by Greg Heil on Jul 7, 2014. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Methodist Mountain Trailhead
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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    For a 4x4 trail, this is actually a lot of fun! This is a super fast, loosy goosy descent down from the Rainbow Trail that forces you to stay on your toes!

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