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Level: Beginner
Length: 30 mi (48.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +855/ -874 ft
Total: 45 riders

Mountain Biking Soapstone Natural Area

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#239 of 1,361 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#2,031 in the world

Soapstone is a brand new trail network owned and managed by the City of Fort Collins. Currently there are 30+ miles of trails when you include the adjacent Red Mountain Open Space (Larimer County), and Big Hole Open Space (Cheyenne) all of which are connected.

A storm chased me out but I was able to do the Mahogany Trail and Mahogany Loop (access from upper lot) -- these are fun and flowy, with less rock than we are used to here in FC. None of the climbs are extended, and each climb seems to top out on a ridge with awesome views to the south and west. Switchbacks are manageable and I did not need to dismount at all during the ride. The loop is about 3.3 miles and the "trail" which takes you to the loop is about 1.8 miles.

I also rode the Canyon trail from Mahogany East -- got about a mile and a half before I had to cruise out to beat a storm, but what I saw of Canyon it is beginner doubletrack (an old service road?) -- a bit sandy in spots, but not rocky. Canyon will connect to Cheyenne Rim, which a Ranger had told me has amazing views.

A route the ranger recommended is (from the lower lot) Cheyenne Rim N to Canyon E to Mahogany S to Pronghorn S. Sounds like a great loop -- that's next for me. You can find a map on the city's natural areas website.

First added by wonderbread on Jun 12, 2009. 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
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area (25 miles, one way) From Fort Collins take Hwy 1/ Terry Lake Road north, turn left onto County Rd 15 and travel north to Rawhide Flats Road. Turn right (north) onto Rawhide Flats Road and follow it to the Soapstone Prairie Natural Area entrance station.

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