Sunnyside Trail - TRAIL

Sunnyside Trail - Trail, aspen, Colorado

Sunnyside is part of a complex of trails in and above the Hunter Valley. Mostly singletrack riding that can be described as both epic and world class. If you do the full program, you will most certainly be riding Smuggler mtn. to Whispering Pipe to Hunter Creek to Lower and Uppper Hobit to 4 Corners to Secret Singletrack to Sunnyside to Shadyside 3 and then back to Sunnyside for the epic finale. There are other options in this complex. The best way to piece this all together is with a local, otherwise get a good map and directions from Ajax Bikes in Aspen. The 26 mile program will feature 3900' of climbiing.

User Reviews (6)

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Dubbjb   Cross Country Rider [Jul 06, 2007]

The rest of these reviews talk more about the network of trails attached to Sunnyside and not Sunnyside itself. You need skills and strength to ride this trail. I ride this as an out and back on my lunch breaks. Ball busting/technical climb to the top where it meets with four corners. Tight switchbacks, mad rocks, kiss your front tire steeps. The ride back down is sooo much fun. Lots of balance and skillz needed. Most people have a hard time hiking it so if you can't man or woman up then stay yo' a$$ off this trail.

Customer Service

Start at the Rio Grande Trail (parallels the Roaring Fork River) behind the Aspen Business Center. Ride towards Aspen until you see the Sunnyside Trial Marker on your left. Climb, climb, climb and climb a little more until you come to the sunnyside/shadyside fork. Choose either as they eventually meet up again. Head back the direction you came and bomb the rocky technical yummyness.

Similar Products Used: Basalt Mountain, Government Trail, Mushroom Rock, Tom Blake or anything in the Snowmass Ski Area.
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5
DouglasTParks   Cross Country Rider [Sep 21, 2003]

This series of trails are to good to be missed! Ride up Smuggler, turn left at top, up fire road leading to (road or singletrack downhill) Hunter Creek Valley. Fom there cross over to the right side of the creek, facing downvalley. Road to 4 corners begins 200 yards uphill from ghost town/mining houses. Ride 35+ minutes up from there, on the way you will pass intersection of Upper plunge and lower plunge trail. go left, uphill at the only fork in the dirt road. ( or stay Right to go to Van Horn park, and on to The Hobbit Trail) Now comes the summit, or plateau of Red Mountain, which has many of the best trails in the whole valley. If you stayed Left you will find 4 corners, with a choice of trails From the intersection: 1) Van Horn Park Trail 2) The Hobbit Trail 3) Lenado Trail 4) Secret Single track trails 1 & 2. 5) Upper and Lower plunge Trail 6) Shadyside/Sunnyside or: 7) Sunnyside.You will find the way. How to get there: Take hwy 82 to Cemetary lane. Cross the Roaring Fork River and park in the lot on your left. From here, ride the paved Rio Grande Trail into Aspen to the base of Smuggler Mountain.

Customer Service

Ride Up Smuggler mine road, or Red Mtn. Rd. to Hunter Creek Valley. Then ride road to 4 corners. Distance: 16.00 miles (25.74 KM) Elevation Gain: 2000 Feet (609 Meters)

Similar Products Used: FROM CASTLE CREEK VALLEY at Ashcroft, ride (Express creek Rd) to Taylor Pass, And on to Star Pass (south) or Crystal Trail,(West) to 12,000+ ft, and descending to Crested Butte. Approx. 28 miles
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4
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4
steppin46   [Jun 16, 2001]

This is some of the sweetest singletrack in all of Colorado and is certainly one of the classics,not to be missed if you're in the Aspen area. It has all the features, big climbs, huge views of the West Elk and Hunter Ranges, incredible singletrack, summer wildflowers, fall colors, and epic, rock on descents. It's important to have a guide for the ultimate experience. The down, up to the wilderness boundry, down program on the Hunter Creek Trails is world class. The Hobbit Trails and secret singletrack is like frosting on the cake; don't miss out on this action.

Customer Service

spin up the Rio Grande trail to the bottom of Smuggler Mtn. and start climbing

Similar Products Used: Government Trail. Snowmass Ski Area. The Milk.
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brian rose   [May 12, 2002]

Awesome ride. See the other reviewer's comments. Just wanted to add a second opinion. Probably a spectaular ride when the Aspens change color.

Similar Products Used: Gov't trail
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5
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Vincent Talavera   [May 14, 2002]

This is a fantastic, epic ride. A long and difficult ride for less seasoned riders. I rode this in September 2001 right after the terrorist attacks. And after seeing the vistas and Aspen trees changing colors, I knew that there was still hope for this planet. A must do ride if your spending some time in Pitkin County/Aspen Area.

Customer Service

Start at the Rio Grande trail and head up Smugglers.

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5
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Jim   [Aug 20, 2002]

I was totally disappointed at this trail. It started out with a good grunt up Red mtn, followed by some sweet singletrack down into Hunter Creek, From there it was a long (1+ hr) gradual climb through beautiful aspens. I kept thinking about how sweet the downhill will be. Wrong! After a short teaser on some smooth singletrack the trail dropped straight down the face of the moutain. 2 handfulls of brake, ass off the back sh*t for 15 minutes and it was done. I hate long climbs for such short rewards. Should have turned around at the top and gone out Hunter Creek.

Customer Service

Out and back before "the drop"

Similar Products Used: Snowmass Mtn (tom blake trl), government trail
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3
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Paul   [Jun 28, 2003]

I am not sure who classified this trail as world class but they have obviously never ridden world class singletrack. This trail is epic, the climb and short single track to the top of four corners was great, the views were wonderful. However, most of the climb was jeep road. Once on top, Secret was nice, but I was so put out with the down hill. It was simply red dirt switchbacks all the way (well, most the way) down. You could never really open it up and let your bike fly like on Park City and Sun Valley trails. Does Apsen have a dedicated trail system foundation? If not, maybe one can be formed to build some amazing trails. The terrain is certainly there.
I was told by one of the local shops as well as some locals on the trail that If I could only ride one trail in Aspen, then Sunnyside would be the best. Wow, I am glad I didn't waste my time on any other trails. I left town and went to Fruita for the rest of the trip and had a blast.
I was so glad to get back home to Park City where you climb world class single track from 6700 feet up to 9000-10,000 feet and then smoke back down on more world class single track. Way to go Mountain Trails Foundation.. You guys rock.

Customer Service

Up Smugglers Mtn to single track, cross river, up shadyside (I believe) to road up to four corners. Took Sunnyside to Secret back to Sunnyside, up a long stretch until it Switchbacked down to Paved road, back to town on Rio Grande.

Similar Products Used: Maybe Crested Butte, definately Fruita although it is more desert riding. If you are headed out west, come to Park City, Ut, Sun Valley, Id, Moab, Goosebury Mesa, etc.
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