Nestled in the quaint town of Eagle, Colorado, the Haymaker Trail is a 6-mile loop designed with the adrenaline-junkie in mind. Purpose-built for the Colorado High School NICA race championship, this trail brings together speed, flow, and just the right dash of technicality. Here's what to expect from one of Eagle's most rewarding rides.
If coming from I-70, take exit 147 and head south into Eagle. At the roundabout, steer right onto Grand Ave, then take the second left onto Capitol St. This road will take you through the old part of Eagle, eventually leading to a 3-way stop. Go left onto Brush Creek Road, which loops around and ends at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink. Parking is available here, and the trail leads due south. It's crucial to ride this loop counterclockwise for the best experience.
Here’s a roundup of what cyclists who have tackled the trail have to say:
Though conditions were reported to be ideal during the CO XC state championships, riders warn that summer months can get dry, dusty, and hot. So, early mornings or late evenings may offer the most comfortable rides during those months.
The Haymaker Trail is a loop that knows how to entertain, challenge, and reward in equal measure. The balanced blend of technical sections, flowy tracks, and speed-enticing switchbacks make this trail a perfect destination for intermediate riders looking to up their game. With the added bonus of its juniper-lined paths and optional challenges, it's a trail that is sure to deliver both thrills and skills. If you're in Eagle, make this loop a priority on your biking itinerary.