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Matthews/Winters Figure Eight

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A figure-eight loop that utilizes the best trails in Matthews/Winters.


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5.3

Miles

8.5

KM

100%

Singletrack

6,787' 2,069 m

High

6,267' 1,910 m

Low

696' 212 m

Up

696' 212 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

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Overview

This ride covers all of the major trails in the Matthews/Winters trail system, taking you across the Red Rocks Trail, up the north side of Morrison Slide Trail, down the south side, and back home again via the Red Rocks Trail.

Need to Know

Definitely can get crowded on weekends with hikers and bikers.

Description

Starting from the parking lot, climb up the Red Rocks Trail and stay on this for about a mile until it drops off to the right. Head down for a fun, quick descent, and then a short climb back up the other side. Stay straight at the first junction and head towards Cherry Gulch Trail, then take a 180-degree turn to begin the climb up Morrison Slide Trail.

The climb is pretty steady with some rock features that make this a challenging, technical climb; definitely the hardest trail in the park. A fit, experienced rider can clean this section bottom to top, most riders will need to dismount once or twice to make it up.

After reaching the top, cruise along for a bit until the descent on the south side of the trail and let it rip! There are some great rock features on the descent that have been built up over the years and a few extra challenging lines. At the bottom, stay straight and navigate a tricky rock face to find yourself back on the Red Rocks Trail.

Come back around the lower side of the mountain and once again stay straight/left at the junction to head into the Cherry Gulch Trail for a short stretch before emerging once again onto the Red Rocks Trail for the final stretch back to the trailhead.

A nice, quick after-work ride that has good climbs, fast descents, and a good mix of technical riding.

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Patrick Csongei

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  3.7 from 9 votes

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Photos

Big red rock slab to ride on the Red Rocks Trail. This is an optional feature that doesn't have to be ridden
Sep 8, 2016 near Morrison, CO
Secret line on red rocks trail
Nov 12, 2017 near Morrison, CO
Salsa Horsethief demo from the Golden Bike Shop, overlooking Red Rocks to the South.
Aug 7, 2016 near Morrison, CO
The last big slab of red rock before reaching the top of Red Rocks trail (heading north).
Aug 18, 2016 near Morrison, CO
Lots of Red Rocks and cliffs.
Oct 21, 2016 near Morrison, CO
View towards Red Rocks.
Oct 29, 2015 near Morrison, CO

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