Spruce Mountain Trail Upper Loop

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.67 out of 5
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Intermediate
4.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,700 ft
↓ 1,400 ft
7,122
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
It goes green to black within the first half mile and then mellows on top of spruce mountain. It loops for 2.5 miles and then heads back down the one mile track you came up.
added by beckijhnGranny Gear
Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (33 total check-ins)
  JamzMan777   on Oct 4, 2019
  JamzMan777   on Oct 4, 2019
  ktallakson   on Sep 22, 2019
  ktallakson   on Jun 17, 2018
  ktallakson   on Jun 3, 2018
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Reviews (16)
 

Bunny Hop

October 5, 2019
JamzMan777 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: I was concerned about taking this trail because the description mentioned black diamond. I normally do only moderate trails and below but felt this was a perfect fit for me! I did see some new riders and they were having a difficult time going down the single tracks. For my descent I tried the service road mostly to avoid hikers. Right now there are a lot of ruts on the service road and it is really steep in some areas but I would say I was able to still ride down 99% of it. Someone who really wants to go down the hill super fast would definitively enjoy this! I'm really glad I went because it's a great Trail will a terrific pay off at the top. Many options once you get up there also such as going to other peaks. The payoff continues with lots and lots of mileage getting burned off effortlessly and smoothly on the way down. . I would say this Trail is super fun! Has only a few tough obstacles that takes just a few minutes of grit to get past. One of my new favorite trails.




Epic


September 22, 2018
mongwolf Epic  
 
Review: The 1.6 miles of singletrack on the north side before the loop on top makes for a very nice climb and descent. It is fun in both directions. The 2.3 mi loop on top is double-wide trail and not the best riding, but it's okay. I highly recommend the service road that drops off the SW side. It is 0.5 mi. It makes for a fun downhill and a nice steep climb but definitely rideable. It is marked black on the trail maps on the trails, but it is not advanced riding imo ... intermediate due to the steepness. It definitely makes the entire ride more interesting. I highly recommending riding it in both directions. Though this is not a big system, you can mix things up and get in a moderate ride. I rode 18 mi today. If you ride on the weekend be ready for a whole bunch of hikers. You just have to accept it and make an effort to be a good ambassador for mountain bikers. Finally, as John Fisch mentioned below, there are no spruce trees to be found on this bluff/mesa. The name is definitely a misnomer. As John mentioned ponderosa pine is the dominant tree. There is also a ton of Gambel oak (or scrub oak). The tree that probably caused the misnomer is Douglas fir. There is quite a bit of Douglas fir throughout the park. Obviously someone long ago mistook Doug Fir for spruce and it stuck.




Granny Gear

August 23, 2016
Alex Soco Granny Gear  
 
Review: Really fun, flowing trail, with a ton of overlooks and a pretty loop at the top. A fairly easy ride that is a ton of fun.




Gramcounter

September 1, 2015
cha-cha Gramcounter  
 
Review: One of my favorites due to the lack of people and the abundance of scenery. Easy ride but so good for your soul.




Bunny Hop

September 1, 2014
paprika Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Really pretty to terrain. Fun for an intermediate rider. Take the loop to the left.




Gnarly

June 11, 2014
 
Review: Did this trail by connecting spruce meadow and greenland open space. They are all within easy access of each other and regardless of where you start or park your car, you can connect them on a loop. Out of all 3 spruce mountain would have to be the best. The views are great once you get to the top and there are interesting switchbacks and technical portions. Although, in my opinion, the climb is the only part that can be considered "intermediate". The rest of the trail itself is beginner. Nothing tough or technical. Some sections even felt wide enough to ride side by side. The trail was a bit sandy when we started but we got a bit of rain while riding which helped pack it a bit. Overall, it is a fun trail but is not really challenging. An xc setup will be all you need here. Don't bother packing your full squish, you won't be needing it here!




Gnarly

February 25, 2014
vbeckman74 Gnarly  
 
Review: This is a great trail that is pretty fast and smooth for the elevation gain. Make sure you do it when it's dry. It can get muddy.

Similar Trail: Cheyenne Mountain Park




Gramcounter

June 22, 2012
Railbiker Gramcounter  
 
Review: This is one of my favorites. It is very well maintained, and is a great ride. There are signs to keep you on track. The ground is hardpack dirt which makes for a very FAST ride down. This trail has good flow. I started my ride here, did the loop, then came down a different trail from the top, ducked under Spruce mountain road., and then connected with Kipps Loop. Make sure to ride counter clockwise (on Kipps) to enjoy the better downhill of that route, then take Noe Rd. back to Spruce Mountain and then to your car. It's a great ride.




Granny Gear

April 29, 2012
 
Review: I like taking this trail counter clockwise. This way you get to go up the fireroad climb. If you're at least an intermediate rider and avoid some of the rain grooves you should be able to get up without taking a break. Once at the top you see some awsome views. Riding at the top and going down is fun singletrack with not much technical. You might want to do two laps to get a real workout.




Epic


March 16, 2011
 
Review: There is a bit of a climb going in and a couple of rocky spots, but overall this trail isn't too technical. I take my daughter on it and I have taken complete beginners as well. Watch for deer, I have seen one almost every time I've been. On the backside, for extra cardio, drop down the fireroad and climb back up.



Spruce Mountain Trail Upper Loop MTB Trail 3.67 out of 5 based on 16 ratings. 16 user reviews.
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