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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +363/ -355 ft
Total: 52 riders

Mountain Biking Waldo Canyon

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#305 of 1,362 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#2,862 in the world

The trail starts from the parking lot at the top of the stairs. Ride up for about 1.7 miles to the loop trail. At the loop, go right to ride up the switchbacks or go left to ride up the steep creek side of the trail. The views are incredible and the climbs are difficult. This trail includes about 1200 - 1400 feet of climbing in the 7 mile route. After completing the 3.5 mile loop, ride back down the trail to the parking lot. Watch out for hikers as this is a very well traveled trail.

First added by searsandrewj on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated Apr 30, 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
From Colorado Springs, take US 24 west towards Manitou Springs. Trail head is on the right, approximately 2 miles past Cave of the Winds entrance.
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Closed (on Jul 17, 2012)
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  • mongwolf

    We rode Waldo a few years ago. It was my second ride ever. Was it ever fun. The weather report was bad, but we decided we would ride any way. It started fine, but by the time we got to the top it was snowing on us. It snowed and rained on us all the way back to the highway. The trail was great, and the "elements" made the ride even better.

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  • koakks

    I rode a wavy, fast non technical trail at Waldo Canyon and I had a great time. It felt like I was on a rollercoaster. great trail system with lots of beautiful views!

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  • mongwolf

    Was just remembering Waldo Canyon this evening. It was one of the first trails I ever rode. Fun ride. Very beautiful, especially along the creek. I loved riding DH along the creek. It was tight and thus made for a lot of fun "flicking" around. Maybe we'll all get to ride it again in our lifetimes. Hopefully, the mtb community will have some influence in how the trail is rebuilt someday.

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  • Railbiker

    This trail was smack dab in the middle of the Waldo Canyon fire that devestated the areas around. This trail is no more. And what may have survived will be closed for years according to local fire officals.

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  • jgarrison61

    Nice scenery but too many hike a bike sections. This trail is better for hikers than Mt bike riders.

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  • pdinsurance

    I found this trail to be about 95% rideable. Once you enter the loop the uphill that crosses the creek several times turns into a hike-a-bike but once you are past that it turns into excellent singletrack.

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  • shane_anthony77

    The trail starts with two switchbacks and some stairs that you have to hike a bike. Then it levels out some what for about a mile and runs along highway 24. When you get to the intersection for the start of the loop I recommend taking a left and going clockwise. About a mile after you start the loop there will be an intersection stay right otherwise you will end up in Cascade, CO. There are some tough climbs, but a good test of your technical climbing. The trail is very well marked at any major intersections that you come a crossed. Be aware this trail is mainly a hiking trail, so I recommend avoiding the trail on the weekends. The up keep for the trail is funded by its users, so put some extra $ in the donations at the trail head.

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  • John Fisch

    This is an underrated gem. The only real drawback is its popularity as a hiking trail. Try ot do it midweek if you can. There is stiff climbing, super sweet singletrack, great views and some very entertaining switchbacks. The amazing thing is the variety you get. Much of the climb is on a hill with southern exposure, so it's very dry with sagebrush and cactus. Then you turn a corner into a north facing hillside with a creek running through it and things suddenly get very lush. More climbing (and some hiking) takes you to a ridgetop, and then you get and extremely cool descent to finish. The Pikes Peak gravel is present on much of the trail, so it helps to have fat tires with an aggressive tread.* Review edited 11/23/2010

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