Rampart Trails – Expert

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This is the third in our series of posts that we will be doing to highlight the Rampart Range Riding Area. This trail system contains 109.2 miles of trails that can be enjoyed by everyone from beginners to expert level riders. Rampart Range is Located in the Pike-San Isabel National Forest about 35 miles southwest of Denver. The convenient location and number of trails available at Rampart makes it a destination for many riders. Because of this the trails are often busy so use caution to avoid collisions with other riders. We recommend that you plan your trip on off days to avoid the heavy weekend/holiday traffic. All trails in Rampart Range require a spark arrester and Colorado OHV so make sure you have these before you arrive. The altitude varies from 6,500ft to 8,500ft so jetting changes may be required.

As with all trails in Colorado, it is important that we ride the trails at Rampart Range responsibly. This means using caution to avoid injuring ourselves or others, ensuring that your equipment is spark arrested before arriving, and staying on designated trails. Failure to do so could lead to fines, legal trouble, and/or future trail closures. Please DO NOT ride on Rampart Range road (or any other road not designated for OHV use) without a valid license plate and insurance! YOU WILL RECEIVE A TICKET! This guide is a general overview of the trails available at Rampart Range. Please make sure you check the current MVUM for any trail closures or updates before riding. Follow all posted trail signs and do not ride trails that are above your current skill level. It is important to let someone know what your plans are and where you will be riding before you head out on the trail. We recommend that you always ride with a buddy in case of mechanical failure or injury.

This trail guide is designed for expert level riders. We will post more guides for beginner and intermediate level riders very soon. Expert level trails feature technical rock sections, single track, and ledges.

Trail # 649 Trout Creek (5.0 miles)

The section from 650 down to Trout Creek was permanently closed after the Hayman fire, so this is now two short trails which connect between Long Hollow Trail #650, and Rampart Range Road. This is a motorcycle only trail (No ATVs or Side x Sides Allowed). This trail has some expert level obstacles so plan to ride this trail only if your current skill level allows.

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Trail # 653 – Roi Tan (0.4 miles)

Short, narrow trail that rides along a steep hillside. Though not technically challenging, the narrowness and steep drop off make it mentally challenging. Unfortunately, illegal ATV use has widened the trail to the point where it is no longer as challenging. A second track is forming uphill. PLEASE keep ATVs off this trail so it can be restored to single track status.

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Trail # 676 – Devil’s Slide (6.4 Miles)

Intermediate to expert-level riding. It is very scenic with 2 difficult sections of trail to negotiate, however there is a bypass for the most difficult section. This route gets a moderate level of use. The trail ends on trail 677, which leads east to Rampart Range Road south of Topaz Point Picnic Ground.

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Trail # 677a – Noddle (5.1 miles)

Starts at Highway 67 and heads south to another intersection with Highway 67 and the start of 677b, Log Jumper. Terrain is intermediate to difficult. The Noddle Trail also has the most varied terrain of any in this trail system.

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Trail # 681 – Scotty’s 

Contains a section with a difficult to navigate ledged rock. Bypass is available for less experienced riders.

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Trail # 690 – Power Line 

Parallels Rampart Range Road from Highway 67 to Cabin Ridge picnic ground and has many connections to other trails. Contains many steep hills and frequently has deep ruts from heavy use. Visibility is limited in places so use caution to avoid oncoming traffic. Less experienced riders may prefer to use trail 627 which also parallels the road.

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Trail # 693 – Russell Gulch (4.7 miles)

Starts near the Sprucewood Inn and runs north. The section which followed the creek bed down to the plate river has been permanently closed as part of the travel management plan. The trail is being restored back to single track status and a new loop is planned to extend this trail in the near future.

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Trail # 770 – Skeleton (7.8 miles)

New in 2011! This is a true single track track that is closed to ATV/UTV traffic. Connects from Long Hollow Road to the intersection of trails 649 and 650. Currently a very challenging trail due to the newness of the track. Mostly side hill with some areas of tight trees. It may take several hours to complete this trail, so allow yourself plenty of time. Experienced riders only. Named after the old Skeleton Mine which is in the area.

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Full MVUM map and inset for Rampart Range

South Platte East GEO PDF

Inset

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Elite Motorsports is a full stocking KTM and Husqvarna. If you need parts or accessories for your motorcycle feel free to call us or check out our full service website.

Elite Motorsports

1400 E. Eisenhower Blvd.

Loveland, CO 80537

970-461-1022

http://www.elitektm.com

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. JERRY says:

    Rentals? would love to ride with you guys, but would have to ship my KTM 300XCW from HI.

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    1. elitektm says:

      Hey Jerry, We don’t do rentals but you could try contacting Andy at Backbone Cycles http://backbonecycles.com/

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