If Canon City had a crown of cycling gems, the South Canon Trails would surely be its centerpiece. This network connects from the edge of town all the way to the Section 13 trails. With a diverse offering of both flowy and technical terrains, these trails serve a variety of mountain biking enthusiasts all year round.
Riders kicking off from the edge of Canon City will encounter mellow, flowy singletracks that are ideal for beginners. Trails like Mutton Bustin' and Schepp's Ridge offer a delightful introduction, throwing little features and challenges that keep the ride entertaining but not intimidating.
To reach Section 13, riders have to ascend via the Hard Time trail, a fitting name for the challenge it presents. The trail is replete with technical sections, including some rocky knife-edge stretches that are unrideable in either direction. Expect some "hike-a-bike" moments, but rest assured, the descent is a rewarding experience.
Once atop the Hard Time, three distinct trails lead to Temple Canyon Road. Each offers a unique experience and connects to Section 13, offering additional loops for those still hungry for more action. Reviews often highlight the beauty in these upper sections, citing incredible vistas that complement the thrilling ride.
Thanks to recent efforts by local organizations like LAMBA and Canon City, the South Canon Trails offer a well-rounded, year-round riding experience for mountain bikers of all levels. Whether it's a flowy, scenic ride or a technical descent that you crave, these trails deliver—making them an invaluable addition to Canon City's growing trail network.