Rib Cage

One-way Distance: 1.2 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
MTB Skill level:
Elevation: 6343 - 6487 feet
Cellphone: 3-5 bars
Time: 15 mins.
Trailhead: Phil's World
Fee: none
Attractions: Downhill blast

The Rib Cage trail is located in the Phil's World Mountain Bike Trails System near Cortez, Colorado. Just like the rest of the trails in Phil's World Rib Cage is to be ridden in one direction only. The route that it takes blasts its way in and out of washes and down small ridges making the most out of every wrinkle that the terrain has to offer.

Rib Cage begins at a junction with the Stinky Spring Loop with the Abajo and Ledges Loop trails also nearby.

The trail starts out on a hard packed singletrack that heads west along the top of the hill.

A little elevation is lost as the trail drops over a couple of easy ledges.

The real fun starts when the first washes appear.

Here is a short clip of some mountain bikers that are making the most of it.

Speed comes easy on the downhill runs.

Most of the corners can be taken pretty fast.

The trail passes a sign that says 'Here 4 More' that must have some secret meaning known only to a few.

As things continue the washes become a little shallower.

At one point the trail crosses a road. We take it that these roads that lace Phil's World are multi-use and can be traveled in either direction which might make them good utility routes.

Another intersection comes up where a section of Bob's Loop takes off on the left and a sign that says 'More Ribs' points to the right.

The trail comes to an end at the top of Coco Race where it junctions with Lemon Head. It's no big surprise that a lot of riders take a right and run back out on Abajo so they can give the Rib Cage another go at it. The Rib Cage trail is one of the reasons that some mountain bikers say that Phil's World is one of the best places they have ever ridden. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is grab your bike or 'Take a hike'.