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Mansfield Ditch Trail (FR 2291)

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (2)

A long rewarding trail that contours along steep scenic canyons before a big, rugged descent.


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11.0

Miles

17.8

KM

86%

Runnable

8,755' 2,668 m

High

6,718' 2,048 m

Low

871' 265 m

Up

2,908' 886 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Unknown

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Mansfield Ditch Trail is a long, scenic trail that contours along some surprisingly beautiful canyons. The trail begins with a steep downhill section as you pass by the old Spring Cow Camp cabin. There are great photo opportunities at the cabin.

A small creek crossing (to your right) brings you to the start of a long, smooth contouring section of trail that follows the historic ditch alignment. The scenery on this section of trail is amazing, but keep your eyes wide open as the trail is often overgrown, hiding rocks and stumps..

To stay on the trail, be sure to make a hard left down a steep segment of trail to regain the lower elevation ditch portion of the trail. The trail finally ends with a rugged downhill to the New Castle Buford Road. While the trail is not particularly difficult to run, it is rarely traveled, and often overgrown.

Many will run this trail as part of the New Castle Buford Rd. to Mansfield Ditch Loop Run. The length of the trail makes it a fine candidate for a shuttle run too, skipping the long road climb included in the loop.

Check out the newly improved Cherry Creek #2256 to Mansfield #2291 Singletrack Connector to create a shorter loop or run these trails in new ways.

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Mike Pritchard

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  4.5 from 2 votes

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Mansfield Ditch looking toward Main Elk before the descent
Oct 24, 2018 near New Castle, CO
Looking back at the Traverse before the final descent.
Oct 24, 2018 near New Castle, CO

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