Standing Rocks

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Starting with trail #1 you’ll get the sense of what this trail has to offer. Intermediate climbs with perfectly placed downhills; kind of the ying and yang thing; balanced. Along with hills, the winding trails with the tight switchbacks make an excellent combination for a fast and flowing ride. Trail #2 starts with a great little rock garden with a winding, tight, down hill that drains down and back around. #3 has a similar feel, but no rock garden. Once you get past the tight turns, accelerate and get some speed along the hillside over looking Bear Lake. A couple of short climbs and you’re at the #4 trailhead.

The next two trails also have tight turns and switchbacks, and are embedded within tall pines with rocky terrain. These are some fun trails, push it a bit and let them do the work for you. Nice banks and inclines.

Trails #6-11 seem like one continuous trail. The same tight turns frequent these trails and as a whole seem to be more technical than the previous trails. Many rocks and roots impede your progression, but they add to the adventure. #12 has a newly added loop that has a very nice feel. When we rode, it was not marked. It’s a short ride to the intersection from the trailhead, so keep an eye out.

#13 and 14 finish up this approximate hour and a half ride with a rollercoaster ride out of the woods. This large loop takes you right back to the parking lot or trail #1 to start it all over again.

This is a great ride. It’s not extremely technical; rock gardens and other intense obstacles are at a minimum, but it’s fast. The trails have been in great shape every time we’ve ridden them. Weather conditions are always a factor with this trail. Be sure to check the lake Emily phone number to verify that Standing Rocks is open.

  • Overall Trail Difficulty: 4
  • Overall Aerobic Difficulty: 3
  • Overall Trail Rating: 4

Ratings based on a scale of 1-5 • 5 Being the highest •