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Boy Scout Trail

Average Rating:    (4.43 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 21

Head south on Hwy 82 1/2 mi south of mile marker 3. Turn left on Red Canyon Rd. Climb 3 miles to County 120 and turn left. Climb 1 1/2 miles to parking lot on right proceed to back of lot and pickup 4wd road. ( Optional car shuttle here for slackers or Huffy riders) Climb about 2-3 miles through a saddle and descend 1/4 mile to to a left down Bear Canyon. If you go right up a steep hill you can go to Hubbard Cave Trail (a serious adventure in itself). After 1/2-1 mile look for single track trail head onleft.THE BOY SCOUT TRAIL! 8 1/2 miles of single track on the south rim of Glenwood Canyon ending in a seriously steep one mile descent with cool switch backs and dizzying steeps. Back in town soak up some brew and walk over the bridge to the hot springs pool.
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Latitude
39.54680902749028
Longitude
-107.30072021484375
Trail Directions
Park near Brewpub clearly visible from I-70
Trail Length
18-24 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Glenwood Springs
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Review Date
March 12, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: RIVER29 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great ride, great views, all around winner. I grew up near here and use to ride this a couple times a week. While most of the ride is not technically difficult the last mile or so will challenge some riders with steep silty terrain. The rest of the ride is easy pedaling but once you hit the single track the consequences of losing your line and going off trail can be dire. I have taken beginners on this ride without serious injury but as I look back and watch a wobbly riders make their way down the narrow single track I can't help but fret that they might go off the down hill side and tumble for a 1000'+ in some places. For this reason I recommend that all riders feel very comfortable riding narrow off camber single track but don't necessarily have expert skills.

Recommended Route:
Up Doc' Holidays Grave, Traverse the fire roads up to the jeep trails, turn left out of Bear Creek, end at the Glenwood Canyon Brew Pub for a beer.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mushroom Rock



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Review Date
June 1, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: pocgnikcuf ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode this on the way back to denver from a fruita trip. Tight narrow singletrack, in the forest 90% of the time. Great ride, worth the effort, a must ride if in the area

Recommended Route:
90 minute climb to the goods, then 8 miles of rolling singletrack back to town.



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Review Date
August 7, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jpcoll01 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode this trail last week, the exposure is moderate at best, not scary like some of the reviews above make it sound (and I am from the midwest where there is pretty much no exposure) Bottom line, this is a great trail, if you're going to be in Glenwood ride it, the climb isn't bad, all dirt road so just start downtown and ride the whole thing. Great trail, great fun. Also, rode this on a hardtail with 80mm travel in the front, no worries at all, actually kept me slow enough to enjoy the amazing views of Glenwood Canyon

Recommended Route:
Start downtown and hit the Rio Grande Trail, when you get to Red Canyon Road cross the road and start the long climb up. Once you hit the actual Jeep road at the parking lot it is .73 miles to the singletrack on your left, another half mile or so and then another left turn onto singletrack....enjoy



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Review Date
April 18, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: makaha ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Just rode it for the first time this season yesterday. Overall the trail is in good shape; lots of snow if you come from the south (lower loop, "cabin") approach but that shouldn't last. Seems like the whole trail got smoothed out a little bit over the winter but should get back to normal as it gets rode more.
Would be easy to ride stright up the scout trail right now, rather than any of the Red Canyon loops, but the trail is clean and fast for the most part so watch out for folk coming down - just go ride the loops to get to the top, okay?



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Review Date
April 24, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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1.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: MissingNW ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Great Trail. My other review is written under Nick Hansch but here's a new photo.
Also, to you lycra wearing cross country idiots; quit putting logs in the middle of the portions of the trail where it turns to steep downhill. Someone is going to assume that a path is clear and get very hurt. It's not responciple riding to attempt to hinder progression

Recommended Route:
Specified in my previous review.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
From the top of the trail, you can see a rough road heading slightly further up the hill towards the cell towers. Once about half way up the road, look to your left and you will see an awsome very steep, very technical trail that runs right down the west face of Lookout Mtn. This is one hell of a DH trail so don't go riding it with your seat up you butt.



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