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Sawmill Nomad Loop

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 4.2 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fun, quick, after work loop for those in a time crunch.


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5.0

Miles

8.0

KM

70%

Singletrack

6,369' 1,941 m

High

5,460' 1,664 m

Low

990' 302 m

Up

989' 301 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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Overview

This loop has a little bit of everything; a challenging climb up Towers with a beautiful lookout over Horsetooth, a fun, semi-technical downhill on Sawmill Trail, finished off with carvable, fast singletrack on Nomad Trail.

Description

From the parking lot, head north on East Valley Trail. At the first intersection, turn right onto Towers. This is where the fun begins. It is a steep fire road, so close your eyes and feel the burn; there's nothing technical about it, it's just steep and hard. Continue until you see the junction with Herrington Trail.

Turn right onto Herrington Trail and enjoy fast singletrack with a couple of technical rocks, roots, and mini bumps, nothing too crazy here. Herrington Trail eventually meets up with a junction with Loggers and Sawmill Trail. Take a right onto Sawmill Trail and enjoy fun, fast singletrack with a couple of sharp switchbacks and some semi-technical rocks to keep things interesting.

At the bottom of Sawmill Trail, turn right for Nomad Trail and enjoy more fast, flowy singletrack. This takes you straight back to East Valley Trail where you can enjoy a quick cool-down back to your car.

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Shared By:

Pat Gibbs

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 10 votes

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#287

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Photos

Beautiful morning light while climbing up Towers Road.
Jun 25, 2017 near Bellvue, CO
The entrance to the Soderberg Open Space parking lot at Horsetooth Mountain Park, Fort Collins, Colorado.  The shot is looking West.
Apr 27, 2013 near Laporte, CO
A view of the Swan Johnson trailhead from the Soderberg Open Space parking lot.  The view is looking North.  Follow the trail North to access additional trails at Horsetooth Mountain Park.
Apr 27, 2013 near Laporte, CO

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Sep 7, 2021
Eric Newman
Apr 25, 2021
Triston King
Steep initial climb, tight singletrack
Aug 29, 2020
Issei Nakahara
5mi — 2h 00m
May 26, 2020
Bob Rafferty
5mi
May 8, 2020
Bob Rafferty
5mi
May 4, 2019
Lucas John Gajewski
Aug 24, 2018
Josh Orton
5mi