Situated within the increasingly popular Phil's World network, the Hippie House Loop offers a wonderful introduction for mountain biking novices. With its relaxed terrain and straightforward layout, this loop has become the go-to route for beginners as well as a laid-back option for more experienced riders.
The Hippie House Loop, part of the sprawling Phil's World network, is tailor-made for novice mountain bikers. Unlike some trails that throw steep climbs and technical features at you right from the get-go, this loop offers a gentle, non-technical riding experience on the flat eastern side of the parking area. And it's not just for newcomers; even the most seasoned riders will find this an excellent route for a mellow, mindless ride.
The loop starts at the east side of the parking area and is a one-way trail, marked by an arrow pointing left. After a brief quarter-mile ride, you'll encounter an unmarked crossing. Here, one can either continue straight or turn right for a quick return to the start—useful if accompanied by a young rider. The trail coming in from the left, Phil’s Middle World Loop, offers another route option but doesn't intersect with Hippie House Loop.The next key junction is the turn-off for the actual "Hippie House" trail. If you choose to take this detour, expect a delightful six-mile ride by the time you return to your starting point.
The trailhead is conveniently located off of Hwy 160W, situated between a shooting range and the Fairgrounds. The entry is a bit concealed but is adjacent to the shooting range and practically opposite the Fairgrounds. The area is around 45 minutes away from Durango and just five minutes from Cortez. An ample parking area awaits a few hundred yards into the drive.
The Hippie House Loop at Phil’s World in Cortez, Colorado, is a gem for beginner riders and those seeking a relaxed cycling experience. Its beginner-friendly layout and the option for a longer or shorter ride make it versatile and accessible. This is a trail where learners and their instructors can both ride and enjoy without any intimidation—a truly rare find in the world of mountain biking.