Devil's Backbone

Loveland, Colorado 80538

Devil's Backbone

Devil's Backbone Professional Review and Guide

"It wasn’t until a few years ago that one of Larimer County’s most impressive and striking geological landmarks was opened to mountain bikers. The Devil’s Backbone had originally been opened to hikers; indeed, there is still a “hiking only” trail that leads hikers to the base of the backbone. Aside from offering views of an interesting geological formation, as well as swirling raptors overhead, the aptly named Devil’s Backbone delivers mountain bikers a technically challenging trail in exposed and rocky terrain.

Due to the trail’s exposure, be sure to drink enough water, wear plenty of sunscreen, and try to complete the ride before or after the hottest hours of the day. This trail runs along the lower eastern flank of the Backbone and includes two possible loops. This description covers both loops. Terrain: Dirt road and singletrack, which runs over intermittent hard-packed and rockier terrain. The trail is very exposed with little to no shade, so temperatures can get quite hot in the summer months."

Devil's Backbone Reviews

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
icon2 Total
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
Hiking yes, Mtn biking no, too much sand
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
Awesome hiking in Northern Colorado. This trail connections with other trails. Providing a great experience for any level of hiker. This is a pet friendly trail, but dogs must be kept on leash at all times.

Devil's Backbone Photos

Help others discover amazing sights!

Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
Advanced riders, 1 hour; intermediate riders, 1.5 to 2 hours
June 15 to March 1
5,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,600 feet
Top Elevation
Larimer County Parks and Open Lands Department. This eTrail includes contact info for trail information, local information, local events and attractions, and restaurants.
Local Contacts
USGS Masonville
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Sep 2018