The Two Elk Trail is can be done as a loop or a shuttle. Those that do the loop are amazing athletes, I can only imagine the burn and the frustration, there would be A LOT of hike-a-bike and continuous climbing up a very steep incline with little to no recovery for extended stretches.
Those that chose to do the ride should be aware that the ride is definitely advanced and even considered expert by many. The trail is a mix of singletrack and fireroad and very technical throughout the ride. It is heavy rooted, has lots of rock gardens, off camber riding, deep ruts, drops, step ups, hike-a-bike sections, loose terrain, as well as some smooth fast flowy sections. Basically everything you would expect on a high altitude alpine ride of this length.
Be sure to bring adequate food, water, sunscreen and protection from the elements, storms can roll in pretty quickly. This is not a good early season trail, there will likely still be snow and it will be pretty wet.
Bring your camera, the views are out of this world and you will see a ton of wildlife.
I believe part of this trail is closed from April 15 to June 15 for erosion protection and elk calving season. Check with one of the local shops before riding.
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