Rebel Ridge

Rating: 
One-way Distance: 0.4 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
MTB Skill level:
Elevation: 5843 - 6079 feet
Cellphone: 3-5 bars
Time: 15 mins.
Trailhead: Jumbo Mountain
Fee: none
Attractions: Steep singletrack




Rebel Ridge is part of the Jumbo Mountain Trails System in Paonia, Colorado. The lower end of the trail begins off of Zip-N-Out about a half mile from the Jumbo Mountain trailhead. From there it climbs up Rebel Ridge to where it meets up with the Horseshoe Ridge trail before coming to an end. Over its short course it gains 236 feet of elevation for an average grade of 11%.


To get to the trailhead head east on 3rd Street in Paonia and turn left onto Rio Grande Avenue. Follow Rio Grande as it crosses the creek and turns into Pan American Avenue and begins climbing the hill. The trailhead is at the end of Pan American Avenue. There is only room for a handful of vehicles to park at the trailhead but there is additional parking at the bottom of the hill at the Apple Valley Park where there is also a restroom.


The Rebel Ridge trail branches off of Zip-N-Out about 500 feet from where Zip-N-Out starts out off of the Sweet Shady trail.


The first part of the trail is relatively easy as it begins heading up the ridge.


It isn't long before a few steep bumps in elevation start coming up.


After powering over a couple of the bumps there are some more moderate stretches of trail.


As the final assault on the ridge appears there is a good spot to check whether anyone is heading in the downhill direction.


This is what Rebel Ridge looks like in the other direction.


At the top of Rebel Ridge it meets up with the Horseshoe Ridge trail and comes to an end.


There are some nice views from where the two trails meet that make it a good spot to lounge around and enjoy the scenery. Traveling in the uphill direction on Rebel Ridge is best done early in the day when the legs are fresh whereas buzzing down it is a choice way to finish a day. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is grab your bike or 'Take a hike'.