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Sunnyside Trail

Average Rating:    (3.83 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Sunnyside is part of a complex of trails in and above the Hunter Valley. Mostly singletrack riding that can be described as both epic and world class. If you do the full program, you will most certainly be riding Smuggler mtn. to Whispering Pipe to Hunter Creek to Lower and Uppper Hobit to 4 Corners to Secret Singletrack to Sunnyside to Shadyside 3 and then back to Sunnyside for the epic finale. There are other options in this complex. The best way to piece this all together is with a local, otherwise get a good map and directions from Ajax Bikes in Aspen. The 26 mile program will feature 3900' of climbiing.
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Latitude
39.20645281378603
Longitude
-106.80273056030273
Trail Directions
Hwy. 82 to Cemetary Lane. Cross the Roaring Fork River and park in the park on your left. You will be on the Rio Grande Trail (paved) here. Follow it East into Aspen and to the base of Smuggler Mtn. You will return to the park via the RGTr. west.
Trail Length
miles 17-26
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
aspen
   


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Review Date
September 21, 2003

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: DouglasTParks ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This series of trails are to good to be missed!
Ride up Smuggler, turn left at top, up fire road leading to (road or singletrack downhill) Hunter Creek Valley. Fom there cross over to the right side of the creek, facing downvalley. Road to 4 corners begins

200 yards uphill from ghost town/mining houses. Ride 35+ minutes up from there, on the way you will pass intersection of Upper plunge and lower plunge trail. go left, uphill at the only fork in the dirt road. ( or stay Right to go to Van Horn park, and on to The Hobbit Trail)
Now comes the summit, or plateau of Red Mountain, which has many of the best trails in the whole valley.
If you stayed Left you will find 4 corners, with a choice of trails From the intersection: 1) Van Horn Park Trail 2) The Hobbit Trail 3) Lenado Trail 4) Secret Single track trails 1 & 2. 5) Upper and Lower plunge Trail 6) Shadyside/Sunnyside or: 7) Sunnyside.You will find the way.

How to get there:
Take hwy 82 to Cemetary lane. Cross the Roaring Fork River and park in the lot on your left.


From here, ride the paved Rio Grande Trail into Aspen to the base of Smuggler Mountain.

Recommended Route:
Ride Up Smuggler mine road, or Red Mtn. Rd. to Hunter Creek Valley. Then ride road to 4 corners. Distance: 16.00 miles (25.74 KM) Elevation Gain: 2000 Feet (609 Meters)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
FROM CASTLE CREEK VALLEY at Ashcroft, ride (Express creek Rd) to Taylor Pass, And on to Star Pass (south) or Crystal Trail,(West) to 12,000+ ft, and descending to Crested Butte. Approx. 28 miles



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Review Date
June 28, 2003

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Paul , from Park City, UT

Summary:
I am not sure who classified this trail as world class but they have obviously never ridden world class singletrack. This trail is epic, the climb and short single track to the top of four corners was great, the views were wonderful. However, most of the climb was jeep road. Once on top, Secret was nice, but I was so put out with the down hill. It was simply red dirt switchbacks all the way (well, most the way) down. You could never really open it up and let your bike fly like on Park City and Sun Valley trails. Does Apsen have a dedicated trail system foundation? If not, maybe one can be formed to build some amazing trails. The terrain is certainly there.
I was told by one of the local shops as well as some locals on the trail that If I could only ride one trail in Aspen, then Sunnyside would be the best. Wow, I am glad I didn't waste my time on any other trails. I left town and went to Fruita for the rest of the trip and had a blast.
I was so glad to get back home to Park City where you climb world class single track from 6700 feet up to 9000-10,000 feet and then smoke back down on more world class single track. Way to go Mountain Trails Foundation.. You guys rock.

Recommended Route:
Up Smugglers Mtn to single track, cross river, up shadyside (I believe) to road up to four corners. Took Sunnyside to Secret back to Sunnyside, up a long stretch until it Switchbacked down to Paved road, back to town on Rio Grande.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Maybe Crested Butte, definately Fruita although it is more desert riding. If you are headed out west, come to Park City, Ut, Sun Valley, Id, Moab, Goosebury Mesa, etc.



Comments
rigidknees (06/23/2008)
I think you got lost. There's nearly 20 miles of single track up there in the Hunter area, and the red-rocky switchbacks are only the last 1000 feet of descent, or 2 miles. The remainder is smooth, narrow aspen-grove singletrack. Make sure you check with a local shop before heading out next time, and give it a chance.

I believe that Aspen has a trails coalition that works hard on those trails.
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Review Date
August 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jim , from Golden, CO

Summary:
I was totally disappointed at this trail. It started out with a good grunt up Red mtn, followed by some sweet singletrack down into Hunter Creek, From there it was a long (1+ hr) gradual climb through beautiful aspens. I kept thinking about how sweet the downhill will be. Wrong! After a short teaser on some smooth singletrack the trail dropped straight down the face of the moutain. 2 handfulls of brake, ass off the back sh*t for 15 minutes and it was done. I hate long climbs for such short rewards. Should have turned around at the top and gone out Hunter Creek.

Recommended Route:
Out and back before "the drop"

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Snowmass Mtn (tom blake trl), government trail



Comments
rigidknees (06/23/2008)
Again, I think you rode this backwards. Always end with Sunnyside. Don't start with it.
enzo269 (07/10/2012)
Yep.. He wrode it the wrong way.. Must have had too many beers beforehand at Bentley's.. LOL
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Review Date
May 14, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Vincent Talavera , from Englewood, CO

Summary:
This is a fantastic, epic ride. A long and difficult ride for less seasoned riders. I rode this in September 2001 right after the terrorist attacks. And after seeing the vistas and Aspen trees changing colors, I knew that there was still hope for this planet. A must do ride if your spending some time in Pitkin County/Aspen Area.

Recommended Route:
Start at the Rio Grande trail and head up Smugglers.



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Review Date
May 12, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: brian rose , from Boston, MA

Summary:
Awesome ride. See the other reviewer's comments. Just wanted to add a second opinion. Probably a spectaular ride when the Aspens change color.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Gov't trail



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