Elk Drop

Total Miles


2,234.73 ft


0.5 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Fall, Summer, Spring

Trail Overview

The Elk Drop trail is made up of several segments of single track connected by small sections of dirt road with varying terrain. Starting from the intersection with Fast Times, it departs to the left and drops down a steep hill with loose rocks and tight turns that is moderate difficulty. It comes to a dirt road and you pick the trail back up on the right of the road at the trail sign and start weaving in the sage brush on a very narrow trail. This part of the trail is some of the most narrow trail in the whole trail system. It has sharp turns that are easy to miss. It goes through beautiful sage brush meadows with more open views as you are out of the trees here. It comes to another road, then goes up a steep hill climb at the trail sign for 8384-B. This is a loose hill climb with some small rocks of moderate difficulty. Then it weaves in the trees like The Maze trail with very tight turns and low branches. This part of the trail is fun and curvy with some loose rock and roots. Even though this trail connects to several roads, it is signed pretty well each time is crosses the road. It ends at a road with power lines, and connect to the Ledge trail, which is more challenging.

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Elk Drop
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Moderate trail with rocky sections, loose climbs, and tight curves.

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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 of Spring Creek Rd. 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 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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