The Maze Trail

Total Miles
5.5

Elevation

2,165.79 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Fall, Spring, Summer

Trail Overview

The Maze Trail is part of the Hardscrabble Trail System in Gypsum, Colorado, and is one of the closest trails to the staging area accessed off of Spring Creek Road. It starts winding in and out of the pinyon trees near the staging area, the first section being more like a practice loop in a play area rather than a defined single trail. It has tight turns through the trees, crossing lots of intersections with roads where everyone camps and stages. It would be impossible to follow this exact route without a GPS track, especially because there are no trail markers in the beginning. Eventually, it becomes more of a single defined track as it leaves the play area. It still weaves in and out of the pinyon pine trees with tight curvy turns, small roots and rocks, low branches, but no big obstacles. The beginning is a great practice loop or warm up for your ride, or good for beginners. There is an offshoot that connects to the jeep road that goes back to the camping and staging areas. After this spur, the trail crosses road 830, and there is a trail sign for the entrance to the second part of the trail, which is a more defined single track and looks more ridden. It is similar to the beginning with tight twisty turns. The trail is smooth dirt with not many rocks, some tree pinches, and has moderate accents and descents. For example, there are steep short climbs with a tight turn at the top with trees closely lining the trail. There are lots of brake bumps that make the climbs and downhills more difficult. Keep your eyes up and watch your handle bars on the trees. The trail opens up out of the trees at the end with an awesome view towards the town of Eagle, red cliffs and snow-capped mountains. Taking the Maze from the staging area is the best way to access most of the other single track in this trail system. From here you can get on several other trails including Easy Rider or Cat Walk. This is a shared-use trail close to town, so it gets higher use. You may see a hiker or mountain biker, or deer.

Photos of The Maze Trail

The Maze Trail
The Maze Trail
The Maze Trail

Difficulty

This is an easy trail with lots of tight twisty turns through pinyon pine. It is aptly named the Maze because it is very much a maze through the trees. The hardest part of the first half of the trail is route finding due to all of the other intersections, and a GPS track is necessary to follow this exact route. The hardest part about the second half of the trail is all the brake bumps.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

Luke Mclaughlin
May 05, 2024
Dirt Bike
Open
Normal
Conditions were perfect as of 5 MAY 2024. Really fun trail with lots of turns and short hills. Was hard to get it out of second gear. Some rocks and roots make it a little technical but nothing too serious.

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 campsites 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 sagebrush 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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