Easy Rider

Total Miles
2.5

Elevation

2,376.87 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Fall, Summer, Spring

Trail Overview

Easy Rider is a short single track in the Hardscrabble Mountain trail system near Gypsum, Colorado. From the northeast end of the trail, it starts on BLM Route 8384D, which is a dirt road through an open clearing. The beginning is on smooth dirt with lots of whoops, through sagebrush with wide open views. It crosses a short connector single track 8628 that will take you back to the Maze. The trail continues on as a very fun single track through sagebrush that takes you up into some higher elevation and pine trees where you are likely to find more moisture and mud in springtime. It goes along a small creek for part of it, and cuts across the sides of hills with easy curves, small rocks, and roots. There aren't any significant obstacles, but it is very scenic with views out towards the town of Eagle and snow-capped mountains. The narrow trail goes up and over lots of small hills with tight turns, and moderate ascents and descents. It's a fun, fast, and flowy trail, but also has some sections of whoops. It crosses road 8380 and is marked on both sides of the road. The south end of the trail ends at a dirt road that can be taken to connect to the Cat Walk trail.

Difficulty

This is an easy trail with tight curves, small rocks, and roots.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

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Access Description

The Hardscrabble Trail System is located at the Gypsum exit from I-70 on the south side of the highway, off Spring Creek Road. There is a small staging area and several dispersed camp sites on the BLM land. Most of the trails in the area are of easy to moderate difficulty, and can probably all be ridden in a day. This trail system is seasonally open from 4/16 - 11/30 because the trails go from low desert sage brush to higher alpine, so have the potential for snow in early spring and late fall. This is a great riding area for a day trip from Denver or an afternoon ride for the locals.

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