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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +457/ -87 ft
Total: 66 riders

Mountain Biking Wapiti Trail

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#221 of 1,362 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#1,819 in the world

This short trail is rocky, and is a tough climb on the way up. Once you're at the top, you can connect to the Ponderosa Loop and the rest of the Heil Valley trails. Although going up isn't much fun, the descent back down is a really good one. Just be careful of people coming up—you can get going pretty fast in the straights!

First added by dr_albright on Aug 29, 2012. 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
From Highway 36, head west on Lefthand Canyon. Take a right on Geer Canyon Road, and this will take you to the trailhead.
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  • Erik P

    Amazing climb and even better descent. Such a great ride. Though it was my first ride at elevation first day in CO, and the 1.5h climb took me almost 3 hours. The trip down was much shorter (~15 mins).

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  • kilo523

    Lots of rocks, but a good trail. Well maintained.

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  • charriezllaston

    always a good trail, you need to learn the line to enjoy the downhill
    Uphill is hard if you do not have enough body english to hover over the rocks

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  • jkey6

    Challenging ascent to the top but I think it is the most enjoyable climb on the front range. Technical enough to make it interesting but not so much that you have to hike-a-bike through anything. The top loop has gotten much more flowy over the past year of trail work. Still plenty of rocks to leave your butt sore but much better than it used to be. The descent down Wapiti is one of my favorites in the area.

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  • alskoj   ✓ supporter

    This section of Heil is about 2.5 miles from the Wapiti TH to the Ponderosa loop. All climbing to the top but a great ride back down. Rocky at times but there’s also some really sweet singletrack and jumps. This trail connects to the Ponderosa loop and the other sections of Heil Valley Ranch.
    There’s a sign that says “Watch out for Mt. Lions”! I didn’t see any but there are some in the area. I did see some turkeys though.
    49/Trek Superfly FS* Review edited 10/4/2012

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  • dralbright

    One of my favorite parts of Heil Valley, because of the descent. The climb is challenging, but not so much so that it's impossible or no fun. Going up to the top, around Ponderosa, and back down is a good 90-minute ride that'll give you a little bit of everything. And a lot of rocks. This is a really rocky trail.

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