Whipple Trail System

3.50 out of 5
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↑ 1,000 ft
↓ 1,000 ft
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Trail Description
About this trail
The Whipple Trail System begins right out of the river park in downtown Buena Vista. Begin by taking the bridge across the river, and then start climbing!
There are 3 different routes to the top: the Wipple Trail, North Whipple, and South Loop. Some are a bit steeper and rockier than others, but most of the climbs are quite manageable.
Once you finish the climb and hit the Midland Trail/old railroad grade, be sure to grab the Broken Boyfriend trail on the other side. The longest trail in this trail system, it climbs and dips along through the scrub pines and up and over rocks on dry sandy, soil. Be sure to stop every now and then when the trees open up and enjoy the fantastic views of Buena Vista and the Collegiate Peaks!
Next, either take the old railroad grade up/east-southeast to the Midland Hills trails, or grab one of the other trails in the Whipple trail system to drop back down to the Arkansas River.
added by Greg HeilWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (4)
System Trails (4)
Whipple Trail
South Loop
North Whipple
Broken Boyfriend
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Reviews (3)


February 16, 2015
uber_franz Trailblazer  
Review: A pretty fun, although somewhat short, trail system. Link it up with the Midland trails via the RR grade to extend your fun. There is a BLM campground and some dispersed camping available around the Midland Hills trailhead.

Similar Trail: Midland Hills


November 9, 2014
John Fisch Epic  
Review: This is a delightful trail system with super easy access. I thought the climb was challenging enough to be entertaining, but nicely doable. The Broken Boyfriend portion up top adds significantly to the tech level, not in a death defying way, but in a sort of tricky, lots-of-up-and-down-obstacles kind of way. It is great fun for a skilled intermediate or advanced rider who appreciates quick moves and low speed maneuvering as much as rippin' fast downhills. There is one short connector back down to the Barbara Whipple Trail that really ratchets up the gnar with big rock drops on really tight switchbacks.

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April 3, 2014
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: This is an awesome trail system to have available directly from town! The Broken Boyfriend trail really makes this trail system worth riding--the other trails basically serve as access to and from that trail.

This trail system is pretty much intermediate. The steepness of some of the initial climbs and some of the rocks are definitely more than beginner, but if a novice is willing to hop off for a rock or two, this would be a great spot to help progress their skills.

Due to how few total trails are here, and the fact that some of the trails heading up to Broken Boyfriend are so doubletracky, I can't give this much more than a 3. If I could give half stars, this would be a solid 3.5 ;) However, if there was another 10 miles like the Broken Boyfriend it'd definitely be 4 stars, and if you ride over and hit up the Midland Hills Trails as well, that makes it 4 stars too.

Similar Trail: Arkansas Hills


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August 1, 2014
WesternSLP World Champ  
Review: Agree with above that Broken Boyfriend is the highlight trail, and is easy enough to lap that section once you do the 1st moderate climb.

I do not get the doubletrack comment; wide, yes! But I actually like the climb up, you can pick your line to make it a bit more interesting or simply spin & weave on up. There is about a 1 mile span of gravel road (304), no biggie as the views to the west are stellar.

This is a nice ride in conjunction with a morning CT area segment. Or, the novice rider looking to step it up a bit.

Whipple Trail System MTB Trail 3.50 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 3 user reviews.
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Feature Article
Day 2: Exploring the Whipple Trail System and Midland Hills Trails in Buena Vista, Colorado