If you find yourself in Glenwood Springs and hunger for a speedy downhill adventure, consider the local four-mile trail that starts with an intense climb and rewards with a thrilling descent. Not an epic "bucket-list" ride perhaps, but excellent for a quick adrenaline rush after work or as an introduction to the area's more challenging trails.
Beware the initial 1,700-foot vertical ascent; it's a climb that will push your stamina. But in return, you get to enjoy a descent on a fast, flowing singletrack that offers plenty of chances for long air and quick stops. If you're on a cross-country rig and have decent fitness, expect to scale the hill in roughly an hour. Once you reach the top, the trailhead for the singletrack isn't hard to find; from there, it's all about how much fun you can pack into the ride down.
From Glenwood Springs, make a right onto 8th Street. At the next stop, turn right and then left at the following stop. After approximately a quarter-mile, turn right at the road's tee. You'll then proceed for another 100 yards before