Start following the power lines on the gray sanitized loose gravel trail. You have a modest climb to start. About half way up the climb you can either divert to switch backs, or get on a service road, caution barbwire on the service road. Once you get to the top, ride until you cross your first road (timberline road). There is light traffic and no signal. Continue on the trail for about 1 mile until your next road crossing, it is Lincoln, which is very busy. There is a signal to cross at about 200 feet to the east. Once across the street get back on the trail and follow it for a while. Rolling trail through here. You will eventually start to have a few climbs (not long or steep) and then you will end up going to the east and come around the backside of subdivision (you will note the paved trail here, if you want to stop the ride. Other wise stay on the dirt). This is where the climbing really starts. You will pass the sign to look for snakes (never seen any) and start the long climb to the top of the mountain/hill. You have 2 options, 1) the switchback these take about 1 mile to get to the top, they start a little bit after the snake sign. Once you get to the top you can ride around a bit, not much up there a few places to take in the views. Then ride over by the service road and take it down. It is a steep but rewarding decent. Then you will see a parking lot and the trail, which needs to be climbed again. This is the backside; it has 2 uphill sections going from east to west, not that bad and makes up half the elevation that took off on the decent. You will wind around and then be at the fork in the road, this is where the earlier switchbacks start, you can return to your car/ home via the wildcat trail again, or have another stab at the switchbacks. Option 2) is just the opposite as stated above. When you get to the fork by the switchbacks, go left and you go around the backside, but you have to climb the service road, which is a killer climb, but lets you know if you are in shape. Once you get to the top take the switchbacks down or go down to fire road as described in option 1. Enjoy the ride; look out for other users, horse, hikers/runners, and people with dogs.
If you are coming to the area - park by Kohls, off of Quebec, just south of C-470. You will see the gray "sanitized" trail head. That starts with a modest climb, by the high-density power lines. (Please refer to the "Highlands Ranch Bombing Run" description to get better idea as to where this is. It can also be picked up off the Highlands Ranch Trail System
Summary: Aerobic endurance builder. Skill killer, if you decide to stay to the main path. If you go to one of the overlooks, probably the one further away from the yosemite parking lot is better, you can find small singletracks leading off the sides of the bluff, they can be pretty challenging. I rode this trail today and we found a pretty technical downhill that left me doubting myself, loose rocks and lots of cactus made it a real challenge. I'm sure someone will have a problem with taking one of these routes but if you're willing to risk it, it's an alright skill builder.
Recommended Route: Counter-clockwise route, longer climbs really build endurance. If you choose to go off the beaten path, I recommend finding one that will lead you back to the trail. We didn't and had a pretty tough time getting around the cacti.
Summary: First of all this trail is about 100 yds from my place and I ride it 3-4 times a week. It's my "home" trail that keeps me in shape when I can't hed west to the more technical trails.
As stated the trail isn't technical at all. the trail is about 4 feet wide in most places and is really maintain almsot too much. ***Caution you may experience flats after the brush is mowed. I use Tuffy liners, zero flats since***.
Riding the trail in a counter-clockwise loop is much easier than clockwise. One completed loop is just under 3 miles. Personally, I like mixing the trail up alternating loop directions. When I choose my route, I select routes that will give me the most climb time...I'm no DH rider.
From the parking lot off Yosemite (South of Lincoln) take the dirt road (passes the neighborhood water source this is called Tinsley Trail) up and make continual climbs and decents. I spent an hour on this trail yesterday completing loops and making bike runs up and down the hill.
There can be a good amount of users on the trail and everyone to date has been nice and no ill feelings seem to be around, all friendly users.
All in all, personally this trail is a great trainer for the lungs and legs. Your technical riding skills won't improve here, quite simply, they'll dimminish. But again, completing multiple loops and completing them regularly will allow you to have the stength and lung capacity to tackle the more technical trails Colorado has to offer.
If you see me say hi, I'm the geek on the Blue Trek...blue and white helmet.
I give this trail an aerobic dfficulty of 3 only because i usually do 3 loops which will tire you out quite a bit.
Recommended Route: I prefer making a counter-clockwise loop first. The climb is slightly longer but with a lesser degree on the climb, this will warm you up and after that first loop mix it up a bit.
Other recommended trails in the same area: No other trails really in area...however, this trail will one day ride out east and hook up with Parker. For those in Parker you'll be able to put a large amount of miles on your bike before you even get to the trail head.
Review Date February 4, 2003
Overall Rating 3 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: rider
, from Highlands Ranch,CO
Summary: I use to like this trail a lot more, before they sanitized it. There still is a lot of the old service road left, which is a bit rougher, and rideable, but it just isnt the same. This trail is great year round, especially when you need an hour ride after work. It has the ability to give you a real kick in the a$$ if you do the switchbacks/ or service road to the top as a loop. (Try it over and over, you will burn, trust me) You get a good rest on the Downhill, but then back to the grind. I caution you to look out for barbed wire, near the power substation, and there is glass etc close to both Timberline and Lincoln. As this is a multi-use trail, look out for walkers/ runners (especially those with dogs), and horse (rarely seen). Get out and ride it, it may not be an awesome ride, but for those want an alternative to the weekday drive to Green Mountain, Deer Creek, etc for a quick ride, this is not bad. Who should ride it: anybody Who should not ride it: diehards looking for the ultimate ride, or those who are looking for big jumps and drops, long strait downhills. I give it 3 stars because it is not super tech, nor physical. It is just Average. Ride On!!
Recommended Route: as described
Other recommended trails in the same area: waterton, deer creek, green mountain, apex, mathew/winters, yada yada yada. (By Tom's Book, for more rides)