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Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

Average Rating:    (4.14 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

Many options here. You can do the easier Valley Loop for a quick 4 mile loop that isn't that difficult. Or you can take the powerline road to Mahoney Park and ride the wicked downhill that is the Ginny Trail!
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Latitude
40.480055002035776
Longitude
-105.22533416748047
Trail Length
8
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
State/Territory/Province
CO
Country
US
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Review Date
November 3, 2016

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jordan ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Power line climb is a grind but a great workout; would say the same for the Ginny trail but more technical and have to come back the same route. Power line to Ginny is a great ride if you want good cardio and are not afraid of technical downhill. The Valley Loop is also great fun but less technical and more flow.

Recommended Route:
Power line to Ginny for cardio or Valley Loop both directions for a fun and playful ride. This is high on my list for weekends because other trails in the area can be much more crowded.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Devil's Backbone to Neversummer Loop, Hall Ranch in Lyons



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Review Date
December 2, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: j4wade ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This was my first trail in the Fort Collins area. So, I didn't know what to expect. It was an extremely challenging first day.

The Valley Loop is fun for a beginner considering a crosser-over to intermediate. Easy and fun little ride to get warmed up. Then the powerline....hike-a-bike.... and some more powerline.

As to Ginny, I'm proud of her. She's a tough son-of-a-gun. Its a highly technical trail. It is ton's of fun, but not for the intermediate. You will be challenged. Just enough loose rocks to keep your speed under control; and nice jagged sections to keep yourself aware.

Views are nice; saw a bunch of deer and a ton of elk.

Conclusion: Not my favorite style of highly technical sections every 100m or so. Great ride; and I'll do it again when I've tried a few others in the areas.

Recommended Route:
Valley Loop for a warm up; Powerline to top, then Ginny.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
New to area; I'll keep posting.



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Review Date
June 10, 2013

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Sean Howell ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
About the best things I can say about this system is that the trails are marked very well, and there are some good views with very pretty wildflowers when I visited. As others have mentioned, the climb up Powerline is out of control. I am by no means a strong climber and my bike is more oriented for downhill. That being said, I can usually tuck in and power through moderate climbs for a decent distance with some stops to rest. This was so steep and rocky that climbing wasn't really possible for me without getting insanely worn out or hung up on a rock. It was hike-a-bike most of the way up save for a bit at the beginning and towards the end of Powerline. Usually I'm perfectly fine with this because I know I've got a great downhill waiting for me at the end, right? Wrong. While the way down Ginny isn't particularly unenjoyable, it is rocky enough to make high speeds pretty sketchy. I would say the downhill on Ginny is more oriented towards working on technical skills - it's not flowy, fast (save for a few spots), or what I would consider 'fun' at all, especially after such a gnarly climb. The rocks are loose and make for a very sketchy time if you gain much speed. Overall I'd say this trail is great if you're a masochist, but not much fun. I didn't ride the other sections, but from reading here and talking to others at the trailhead it seems like the other trails take it to the other extreme and are just simple paths and not really mountain biking trails. I rode Hewlett's Gulch last weekend - much more enjoyable IMO. The climb is long but manageable, and the downhill isn't so rocky as to prevent you from really letting loose. Cheers!

Recommended Route:
Go somewhere Else?

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hewlett's Gulch, Lory State Park, Curt Gowdy State Park (WY)



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Review Date
July 11, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: sfenzi ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Loved it. It is now one of my favorites in the area. Probably number one or two. Views are awesome, I saw a bear. Quite challenging but it is all doable.

Recommended Route:
Went up Ginney then back down. Think it was like 13mi total.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Coyote Ridge, Blue Sky, Devils Backbone.



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Review Date
October 25, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: MTBiker483 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I did the valley loop trail a few months ago and it was mega easy to the point I didn't think I would go back. I decided to go again today and rode up the power line trail and back down the Ginny trail. For a minute, I thought I was in pretty good shape until I was halfway up power line! It's a hellacious climb up very steep and loose terrain. Ginny trail back down makes it well worth it, tight single track with quite a few really tight and technical spots is a blast and if you have time to check out the views they are great too.

Recommended Route:
Valley loop north to Power Line and up for some ass kicking cardio and a fun downhill. Haven't gone up Ginny yet but I will take that route next time, will certainly take longer than going up power line and be a lot more fun.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Coyote Ridge, Devils Backbone, HMP



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