The new trail system at Maryland Mountain Quartz Valley Park opened in May of 2021 and is ready for riding! Here’s what you need to know.
How many miles of trails is there?
As of May 2021 there are 10 miles of multi-use trails, 2 miles of bike-only trail and 1.5 miles of hiker-only trail.
Are more trails coming?
By the end of June there will be another bike-only beginner friendly flow trail and by the end of summer 2021 another 1-2 mile long intermediate downhill bike trail. There are plans for a black/double-black trail in 2022.
Where’s the trailhead?
The Hidden Treasure trailhead is .7 miles north of Black Hawk on Highway 119. There is an overflow parking lot .25 miles south of the Hidden Treasure trailhead. The system can be accessed from Chase Gulch Road in Black Hawk but parking by this trailhead is by permit only.
What the riding like?
Hard Money is a two-mile downhill trail with optional jumps, drops, rock gardens and steep berms. It’s an intermediate/advanced level trail and the general consensus is it’s a bit harder than the main line at The Sluice at Floyd Hill. It’s similar in nature to Side Door in Breckenridge.
The rest of the system is more cross country with trail options suitable for beginner and intermediate riders. There’s great views and historic mining artifacts that make it worth the drive.
Check out Nate Hills and Dacre Dunn on #followcamfriday for a look at the rowdier side of Maryland Mountain.
Got any route suggestions?
- Best Bang for the Buck (intermediate/advanced) MTBProject / Trailforks
- Hard Money Loop (intermediate/advanced) MTBProject / Trailforks
- Scenic Tour (intermediate/advanced) MTBProject / Trailforks
- Intermediate Loop MTBProject / Trailforks
- Beginner-friendly Ride MTBProject / Trailforks
What else do I need to know?
- Open Space hours are dawn to dusk
- Class 1 e-bikes are allowed
- Leashed dogs welcome (and there are moose in the area)
- Wet weather friendly (drains well and doesn’t tend to get muddy)
This is an amazing trail system, how do I support it?
BMA and the Colorado Mountain Bike Association are partnering with The City of Black Hawk to maintain and improve the current trails and add more bike-only trails in the future. Your membership and/or donation to BMA or COMBA supports this work.