OverviewDevil's Backbone is a great technical trail that offers some very rocky, technical terrain. While it has limited mileage in its lollipop loop, it serves as one of the gateways for the Blue Sky Trail which connects Coyote Ridge, Devil's Backbone and Horsetooth Mountain Park which creates opportunities to make huge loops.
Trail DescriptionThe trail starts with a couple of steep climbs, but then levels out to more gradual and rolling terrain as you make your way along the northern edge of the rocky formation the trail inherits its name from. As you turn north, heading away from the backbone, you'll see the first major climb of the day, aptly dubbed "Heart attack hill".
The trail ascends quickly from this point, with steep rocky pitches for almost a mile. Once this climb is completed though you'll have conquered the majority of the climbing for a loop.
Take a right turn at the intersection and climb the rocky hill. The terrain remains rocky, but less technical as you make your way towards the back loop. The back loop features several very technical sections that will challenge most riders. The back loop also leads you to the Blue Sky Trail, which heads north to Horsetooth for even more technical trails.