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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,176/ -1,169 ft
Total: 42 riders

Mountain Biking Section 13

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#85 of 1,353 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#608 in the world

To access the trail, go through a gate.

Section 13 is a mostly smooth singletrack lollipop, with one cutoff trail that cuts across the loop. This trail climbs through the dry, open lands up into the trees, and then turns around and bombs back down the hill. The descent (going counter clockwise) is very swoopy, with tuns of small berms to keep your fun & speed up!

Overall, this trail isn't very difficult, but it's still a ton of fun to ride. Bonus: it stays pretty dry all winter long.

Updates (10/11/11): The lower loop has now been named, Lambachops. The upper loop is named Hotshots.

First added by Heysockmonkey on Jan 16, 2011. Last updated Apr 28, 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
Three miles of fresh singletrack completed in November. To get there, take U.S.
Highway 50 west to Cañon City. From the first stoplight (MacKenzie Avenue),
drive four miles to First Street. Turn left and drive one mile, past Greenwood
Cemetery. Turn right onto Temple Canyon Road and drive 1.9 miles past a junk
yard and two radio towers to a pull-off on the right. This is the trailhead parking
area. To access the trail, go through a gate. The loop is easy to follow and has
no intersections with other trails.

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  • mongwolf

    We rode the loop counter-clockwise. I felt the climb was not so demanding, but much of it is quite rocky. The lower half is very rocky. The upper half smoothens out some but not completely. I like the climb and the little challenges it constantly presented. The downhill provides more than enough payoff for the climb with a good amount of flow and speed. If you are shuttling the South Canon Trails, you can throw in Section 13 as an extra "benie" and get a good climb in and add a more downhill fun to the day.

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  • triton189

    Only rode this a couple times while visiting Canon City. Decent trail system with plenty of options for beginner to intermediate riders. Dry and dusty conditions.

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  • cha-cha

    First time exploring this trail and it was a lung buster for me but so worth the climb. Very rocky but I made it out alive.

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  • Steve Harper

    Was great but ride this trail taking left turns or it is all up hill and the downhill isn't much. Left is the only way to go!

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  • matmkdk50

    First time out here and had difficulty following the trails. They are not well marked and seem to dead end. We spent a couple hours out there and did have a good time. Some beautiful terrain and good views. It will not be a place for me to stop at again in the future.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    This is a fun little trail with some entertaining, flowy, singletrack. However, there's nothing truly outstanding about this trail, aside from the fact that it stays dry all winter long and is close to town.

    While I gave both Section 13 and Oil Well Flats 4 stars, Oil Well is on the high end of the 4 star spectrum and Section 13 is on the low end. If you've already ridden everything out at Oil Well and are looking for something new, you should definitely check out Section 13!

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  • rdhunt316

    I am a beginner to the sport of mountain biking. I bought a bike two weeks ago and decided to ride this trail as I was visiting family in Canon City. As a total beginner I found this trail was difficult for my skill set. At first I had trouble with the gradual climb and found myself walking the bike in certain parts. However as I got used to the bike, I was able to keep my balance more and had a great time on this trail. I would rate it as intermediate and say that this is a great trail for anyone looking to improve their skills.

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  • Timothyfluegge

    Was in Canon City for the day and this was the closest trail to our hotel. So I packed up the bike and headed out. I rode the loop both ways. If you take the loop clockwise (turn left at the T) then the climb is steeper and the downhill on the return side lacks flow. If you take the loop counterclockwise (turn right at the fork) then the climb is longer but more gradual and the downhill on the backside has quite a bit of flow and is therefore more rewarding. This trail is a fairly good workout, has some nice little downhill sections and boasts great views. A word to nubz; the climb in either direction will push you and be careful coming down.

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  • John Fisch

    This is a nice little jaunt through the pinion hills below the mountains. Although I marked it intermediate, that's just because it has a long climb and some techy spots. Overall, however this trail is pretty novice-friendly as the climb is gradual and the techy spots are short, easily walked or inviting to a new rider to try to improve.

    A couple warnings--the trailhead is actually on the opposite (south) side of the road from the pullout. The gate by the pullout is not the entrance to the trail. Once through the gate opposite the pullout, take the right fork of the singletrack--the left quickly deadends into a subdivision. Finally, there are numerous forks on this trail--it's not a simple single loop. I didn't explore all the forks, but they look like early bailouts to shorten the loop, which might be nice for the novice rider.

    * Review edited 9/5/2011

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