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West Magnolia Mountain Bike Loop

Nederland

Central Front Range, Colorado

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West Magnolia Mountain Bike Loop

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  • When you're on the trail, a lot of it is tight and narrow.- West Magnolia Mountain Bike Loop
  • Not much tree cover since the clearcutting.- West Magnolia Mountain Bike Loop
  • Wildflowers at the season's end.- West Magnolia Mountain Bike Loop
  • The A-line detour.- West Magnolia Mountain Bike Loop
  • The rocks here make for great traction.- West Magnolia Mountain Bike Loop
  • Riding the Magnolia Loop.- West Magnolia Mountain Bike Loop
  • Racing around West Magnolia is great fun.- West Magnolia Mountain Bike Loop
  • Ponderosa pines line the trail.- West Magnolia Mountain Bike Loop
  • Riding the Magnolia Loop.- West Magnolia Mountain Bike Loop
  • Rose hips along the Magnolia Loop.- West Magnolia Mountain Bike Loop
  • Aspens flank the end of the trail.- West Magnolia Mountain Bike Loop
  • The last part of the loop leads though a golden meadow.- West Magnolia Mountain Bike Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Good introductory trail. Lots of cutoffs to make new loops.
Cons: 
Hard to find trails unless you use a field guide. Sun exposure in clearcut areas.
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Region:
Central Front Range, CO
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Total Distance: 
7.23 mi (11.64 km)
Terrain Difficulty: 
GREEN
Trailhead Elev.: 
8,714 ft (2,656 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
1,004 ft (306 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Trail type: 
Loop
Dogs allowed?: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Partly cloudy starting in the evening.
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Tue

Mostly cloudy until afternoon.
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Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
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Breezy in the morning and partly cloudy starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
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Fri

Partly cloudy in the morning.
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Windy and mostly cloudy throughout the day.
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Sun

Partly cloudy until evening.
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Located just outside the town of Nederland, Colorado, West Magnolia is a storied mountain bike ride that is very popular with the locals. Nederland is the Dutch name for the Netherlands, and the town is so named because the Dutch bought the largest mine in the area in the 1870s. Although it is poorly marked and difficult to find, this trail is a marvelous maze of singletrack that snakes through pine forests and recent clearcut areas. The loop described here will take you on the outside perimeter of the park, and there are many other trails nearby to make shorter loops in order to extend your ride. Most of the ride is relatively flat and easy to navigate, and the trail is fairly buff and smooth with little technical rocks to negotiate.

The West Magnolia Loop is a great endurance ride if you're looking to get some miles in but want to keep the elevation gain to a minimum. After you've finished your ride, stop at Nederland and check out it's eclectic and unique vibe. Home of the Frozen Dead Guy Days, which occurs every year in early March, it's one of the most down-to-earth places to visit in the mountains.

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