Skyline Trail Guide with Local Loops, Durango’s MTB TV Program showing you the best trails to shred in bike mecca Durango CO. The Skyline trail features the best in town views around, no joke they are breathtaking. Bring your XC bike if your going to descend the same route you climbed. The climb can be hefty. But if you plan on shredding down Raiders Ridge, IDTV recommends taking a Trail bike or a full susser as the Raiders descent is tech and bumpy.
Water will be your ally in this ride as the afternoon sun can get toasty. During the summer, shredding this in the morning is ideal to avoid the heat. The climb starts out by switch-backing up through forested terrain & loamy dirt. It doesn’t take long for the ascent to get steeper as your aerobic level rises. It’s not terrible but is a significant climb so don’t underestimate here.
Once you top out enjoy the views, they are amazing. At this point you have two choices… Rip back downhill the same route that you just ascended or prepare yourself for a technical descent down Raiders Ridge into upper Horse Gulch. Both options are awesome, but be warned, upper Raiders Ridge is technical with many challenging features. This is where the trail bikes will shine over their XC brethren. Either way this ride is a gem, so enjoy!
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