Colorado is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, but even in this playground of trails and vistas, certain gems shine brighter. Situated in the scenic area around Deckers, Colorado, this 16-mile point-to-point trail offers riders an experience they'll talk about long after the mud has been hosed off their tires. This trail, described by locals and tourists alike as the "Tsali of the Front Range," is a balanced blend of climbs, descents, and singletrack that appeals to mountain bikers of varying skill levels.
The trail unfolds like a narrative, guiding riders through ever-changing conditions. Newcomers often remark on its accessibility. Indeed, this route offers a beginner-friendly experience with its technically undemanding terrain. The real challenge for novices lies in the trail's cumulative mileage and elevation changes.For riders seeking an adrenaline rush, this trail doesn't disappoint. The downhill sections, or "DHs" as they're commonly referred to, allow for speed, while the climbs provide an aerobic challenge. Remarkably, many riders note that they feel like they're going downhill in both directions—a rare and delightful occurrence. The trail can be described as "rolling," with equal amounts of climbing and descending throughout its length.
Nestled in Pike National Forest, near the Little Scraggy trailhead, the trail serves up a feast for the eyes. From the understory's charming seedlings to the towering trees offering shade, the scenic beauty never wanes.However, don't let the picturesque setting lull you into complacency. Sections of the trail feature "kitty litter" conditions—loose, sandy, or gravel-like terrain that can cause beginner riders to wash out if they oversteer.
From its smooth singletrack to its challenging climbs and descents, this trail epitomizes what mountain biking in Colorado should be. Both seasoned riders and newcomers will find something to love, making it a must-ride for anyone in the Front Range area.