Level: Advanced
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: -
Total: 8 riders

Mountain Biking Williams Canyon

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#349 of 1,353 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#3,361 in the world

This is a unique trail. You will begin by heading up what used to be the exit road from the Cave of the Winds at the top of the canyon. You will see No Trespassing signs, but if you've turned in your waiver at the Cave, you're good to go. The road has long been shut down and can now be hiked or biked free of automobiles. The canyon is so narrow in places, you won't believe it was once an auto route! Keep following the road. When it switchbacks left, go straight on to the singlegrack. It's about 3 miles until the trail exits up on Rampart Range Road. The grade is tough in places and much of the trail is jagged, jumbled rocks that will cause numerous dismounts. As a climb, it's positively brutal. Even downhill, this will cause a number of hike-a-bikes. If you don't want to do the out-and-back climb, you can access the trail from above two ways. One way is to ride up the Rampart Range Road and look for the singletrack on the left near the old shooting range. Get the Pikes Peak Atlas map by Robert Ormes and Robert Houdek for the approximate location of the trail. This map also shows where you can drop into Williams about halfway in from the Waldo Canyon loop. The canyon is spectacular and the adventurous will find this an attractive outing despite the difficulties involved. It's a real backcountry adventure starting right on the edge of the city.

First added by John Fisch on Apr 3, 2011. Last updated May 1, 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
Head west on Manitou Avenue until you can make a right on Canyon Avenue. Follow Canyon Avenue (it will bear right after a couple block) until you come to the underpass under Highway 24 and look for a place to park. IMPORTANT NOTE: this trail crosses private property owned by the Cave of the Winds and you can only legally access it if you turn in a waiver at the ticket desk there. Be sure to do that before you head for the trail. Waiver available at http://www.inclineclub.com/caveofthewinds.pdf
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  • avathan

    As of today - 2 SEP 2012 - Rampart Range Road (accessed at Balance Rock in GOG) is closed so if you're looking to shuttle this run you can't. Sucktastic. Gotta ride the loop instead!

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    That is the only way to describe this trail. We made it a shuttle ride so we parked down in Manitou and rode up Rampart range rd. parked at the turn out about 10miles up from GOG(garden of the gods). This has just about everything thrown into one trail... Was told by my buddies that it was really gnar and steep up top so I def had the armour on which came in handy..

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  • John Fisch

    This is a great place to go if you don't mind carrying your bike some. It's rather steep and usually technical in a not-so-fun-way. The jagged rock gardens and stream crossings will get to you. But the scenery is spectacular and you will, no doubt, have a very unique experience. It is short, however, so it's not too tough and you can turn around any time you like (unless you accessed it from the top). Unless you're both skilled and adventurous, you may want to try this one as a hike first.

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