Itch

Total Miles
1.4

Elevation

2,410.22 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Fall, Summer, Spring

Trail Overview

Itch is a fast and flowy single track that snakes through wide-open sagebrush meadows in the Hardscrabble Trail System near Gypsum, Colorado. The south end of the trail starts at the east end of the Cat Walk Trail, in a wide open clearing. The trail steadily declines through the sagebrush meadows with fun tight curves. There is a small creek crossing where there is a unique metal bridge that looks like it is made of metal barrels cut in half. It is narrow and could be slippery when wet, but is not too difficult to cross. There are a couple of rock sections throughout the trail, with one bigger rock boulder in the middle of the trail that you have to go over, but it is still considered an easy obstacle. On the north end of the trail, it crosses a road and continues on, but is well-signed and you can follow trail signs for Itch. It ends at another dirt road when the trail across from it is marked as unmotorized. This is a multi-use trail and you may likely see mountain bikers. Itch is a fun trail to take to connect the Catwalk Trail to Tick Alley and Elk Drop instead of having to take a road.

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Difficulty

This is an easy trail with small rocks, tight curves, steady grades, and a small creek crossing with a unique metal bridge.

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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