A push for intermediates and still darn challenging for advanced riders, White Ranch just north of Golden is classic Colorado singletrack, with a little doubletrack thrown in for good measure. With plenty of technical drops, rock gardens that may require some walking, soft sand and several wavy-gravy sections, the twenty miles of trails offer something for everyone, but mostly for the more experienced rider. The hurtin' starts with the four miles of climbing on Belcher Hill, with a 1,849-foot gain. Once you reach the top, there are a few options for downhill fun, including 2.2 miles of rocky, tree-rooted, tight-turning trail, plus periodic planks and drops. That's nothing, though, because Maverick to Longhorn is probably one of the best top-to-bottom trails in the state; not only does it offer the usual ruts and rocks, but it also has several smooth, sweet singletrack sections for speed demons who can handle switching back and forth. The good news about that brutal climb: It's all gonzo going back down.
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