Lower West Summit Network

Below are a couple proposed projects planned for the Lower West Summit Network trail system which is part of the larger Rabbit Ears Pass Network.  If you have time to look them over and notice anything we might have missed to make them better, please let us know by filling out the comments.  There are many reasons why the projects are proposed the way we have them, but that does not mean an idea you come up with will not make them better.  We are open to constructive criticism (if you think the project could be improved) and praise (if you like the project as described & mapped).  We will not be able to respond to all comments but rest assured that if you take the time to give us your feed back, we will take the time to consider your suggestions.

Lower West Summit Trails

  • Lower West Summit Network: Zone 2 (Skills Area) Project Description: Located above the Ferndale Picnic/Parking Area, this mountain bike riding zone features short skills trails that cater to a wide-range of ability levels. With jumps and ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2013, 11:53 AM by Eric Meyer
  • Lower West Summit Network: Old Hwy 40 Perimeter Trail Project Description: This 4 mile, intermediate trail connects the West Summit parking area to the bottom of Old Highway 40 Trail, providing a 9 mile loop option that provides access ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2013, 1:36 PM by Eric Meyer
  • Lower West Summit Network: Old Hwy 40 Trail Project Description: At 3.5 miles, Trail 299 is the old Highway 40 tread.  Between 15 and 20 feet wide and never exceeding a 7% grade, this old road surface ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2013, 1:37 PM by Eric Meyer
  • Lower West Summit Network: Old Hwy 40 Extension Project Description: This 1.5 mile extension to the Old Highway Trail creates a connection to the West Summit parking area and extends the ultimate beginner mountain bike trail to ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2013, 1:39 PM by Eric Meyer
  • Lower West Summit Network: Ferndale Amenities Project Description:This project includes increasing parking, improving restroom facilities and informational kiosks to enhance the user experience at the Ferndale Picnic/Parking Area on Highway 40/Rabbit Ears Pass ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2013, 1:40 PM by Eric Meyer
  • Lower West Summit Network: Directional Trail #1 Project Description: This is a purpose-built, directional, expert, mountain bike trail. Littered with jumps, berms, rollers, drops and wood features, this trail is 1.5 miles of adrenalin filled ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2013, 1:41 PM by Eric Meyer
  • Lower West Summit Network: Directional Trail #2 Project Description:This short beginner trail turns off Old Highway 40 Trail and meanders through pines and aspens on a slight downhill slope before rejoining the entry level, Old Highway ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2013, 1:43 PM by Eric Meyer
  • Lower West Summit Network: Directional Trail #3 Project Description: This 1.5 mile intermediate trail is a progressive flow trail.  With dirt rollers, rhythm sections, jumps and berms from top to bottom, this trail is like riding ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2013, 1:43 PM by Eric Meyer
  • Lower West Summit Network: Directional Trail #4 Project Description: This is the pro line, the trail that experts can push themselves on, and the trail where down-hillers can use their travel.  The trail was designed by ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2013, 1:44 PM by Eric Meyer
  • Lower West Summit Network: Forest Entry Amenities Project Description: This project includes construction of restroom facilities for improved sanitation and information kiosks to enhance the user experience at the Routt National Forest Entry parking area on Highway ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2013, 1:44 PM by Eric Meyer
  • Lower West Summit Network: Hiking Only Trail Project Description: A trail purpose-built for hiking (no bikes). Project Specific Benefits:Provides an area to hike, walk with your dog or take a jog without encountering bicycle traffic ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2013, 1:45 PM by Eric Meyer
  • Lower West Summit Network: Zone #3 (Possible Expansion) Project Description: This zone allows for future directional mountain bike trail expansion.  Click Map to enlargeLeave us some comments. Let the land manager know you want to see the ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2013, 1:46 PM by Eric Meyer
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Lower West Summit Network: Zone 2 (Skills Area)

posted Dec 9, 2012, 11:39 AM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Mar 4, 2013, 11:53 AM ]

Project Description: 

Located above the Ferndale Picnic/Parking Area, this mountain bike riding zone features short skills trails that cater to a wide-range of ability levels. With jumps and features that mimic those on the above direction trails, users have the option to learn and build skills in a concentrated and easily accessible area prior to riding the longer directional trails above.

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Lower West Summit Network: Old Hwy 40 Perimeter Trail

posted Nov 24, 2012, 4:27 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Mar 4, 2013, 1:36 PM ]

Project Description: 

This 4 mile, intermediate trail connects the West Summit parking area to the bottom of Old Highway 40 Trail, providing a 9 mile loop option that provides access to the directional, user specific bike trails.  This multi-directional bike trail has a 1500 vertical elevation gain, providing a more strenuous cycling experience and adding to the stacked loop system of the Upper West Summit Network.


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Lower West Summit Network: Old Hwy 40 Trail

posted Nov 24, 2012, 4:23 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Mar 4, 2013, 1:37 PM ]

Project Description: 

At 3.5 miles, Trail 299 is the old Highway 40 tread.  Between 15 and 20 feet wide and never exceeding a 7% grade, this old road surface provides the ultimate beginner mountain bike trail as well as access for emergency/construction vehicles.  The trail's wide nature easily allows for two way bicycle traffic and even leaves room for small, beginner features on the trails edge.  The whole family can enjoy this trail as grandma rides next to her grand kids who play on features and jumps while she enjoys a smooth, wide and easy ride.

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Existing tread surface.  Condition varies along the 3.5 miles.

Lower West Summit Network: Old Hwy 40 Extension

posted Nov 24, 2012, 4:22 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Mar 4, 2013, 1:39 PM ]

Project Description: 

This 1.5 mile extension to the Old Highway Trail creates a connection to the West Summit parking area and extends the ultimate beginner mountain bike trail to 5 miles.

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Trail extending from near the concrete barrier up to the West Summit parking.

Lower West Summit Network: Ferndale Amenities

posted Nov 24, 2012, 4:21 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Mar 4, 2013, 1:40 PM ]

Project Description:
This project includes increasing parking, improving restroom facilities and informational kiosks to enhance the user experience at the Ferndale Picnic/Parking Area on Highway 40/Rabbit Ears Pass.

(Photos are of existing facilities)

Increase Parking
Update Restroom Facilities

Lower West Summit Network: Directional Trail #1

posted Nov 24, 2012, 4:20 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Mar 4, 2013, 1:41 PM ]

Project Description: 
This is a purpose-built, directional, expert, mountain bike trail. Littered with jumps, berms, rollers, drops and wood features, this trail is 1.5 miles of adrenalin filled fun.  Just like expert skiers don't much enjoy beginner runs, this expert trail greatly reduces traffic on beginner and multi-use trails and therefore serves all trail users and improves everyone's trail experience.

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Looking southeast up the pass from the Old Highway 40 Trail just above Ferndale Picnic Ground.

Lower West Summit Network: Directional Trail #2

posted Nov 24, 2012, 4:20 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Mar 4, 2013, 1:43 PM ]

Project Description:
This short beginner trail turns off Old Highway 40 Trail and meanders through pines and aspens on a slight downhill slope before rejoining the entry level, Old Highway 40 Trail.

Click Map to enlarge
Looking southeast up the pass from the Old Highway 40 Trail just above Ferndale Picnic Ground.

Lower West Summit Network: Directional Trail #3

posted Nov 24, 2012, 4:20 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Mar 4, 2013, 1:43 PM ]

Project Description: 

This 1.5 mile intermediate trail is a progressive flow trail.  With dirt rollers, rhythm sections, jumps and berms from top to bottom, this trail is like riding a roller coaster on a bike.  Wide and smooth, this trail can be ridden on almost any bike.

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Looking southeast up the pass from the Old Highway 40 Trail just above Ferndale Picnic Ground.

Lower West Summit Network: Directional Trail #4

posted Nov 24, 2012, 4:18 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Mar 4, 2013, 1:44 PM ]

Project Description: 

This is the pro line, the trail that experts can push themselves on, and the trail where down-hillers can use their travel.  The trail was designed by walking through the woods to find and connect every rock feature and natural drop.  Then technical trail features of wood and rock were built in between the natural features for an adrenalin pumped ride from top to bottom.

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Looking southeast up the pass from the Old Highway 40 Trail just above Ferndale Picnic Ground.

Lower West Summit Network: Forest Entry Amenities

posted Nov 24, 2012, 4:17 PM by Eric Meyer   [ updated Mar 4, 2013, 1:44 PM ]

Project Description: 

This project includes construction of restroom facilities for improved sanitation and information kiosks to enhance the user experience at the Routt National Forest Entry parking area on Highway 40 climbing east up Rabbit Ears Pass.

(Photos of facilities are just for reference and the Land Manager would have the final say on design of facility)

Highway 40 from Forest Entry Parking
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Three information signs held up by posts.
Photo Reference: ( Here )

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