As summer begins to show the first signs of the approaching fall, we’ll continue to feature some high-country rides while they remain accessible. This week’s Featured Ride loops up into the mountains between Aspen and Snowmass, offering breathtaking views of 14,000-foot peaks in the neighboring Elk Mountain range.
This 18.3-mile route features 2,175 feet of climbing and a maximum elevation of 8,632 feet. MTB Project users have rated this loop intermediate in difficulty.
As the name suggests, this loop travels through Sky Mountain Park, which was officially named in 2012. For more than two decades, a partnership of local municipalities and nonprofit organizations have worked together to add 2,500 acres of this beautiful ridgeline to the region’s public open space program. For more details, check out the Park’s management plan. Most of the trails within this section of the ride are recently constructed and machine built for both flow and sustainability.
Photos Courtesy of MTB Project.