The Midland Bike Trail is popular with mountain bikers and a fairly steep climb at the start but levels out once you reach the railroad grade in about 1 mile. The trail runs between the Shields Gulch trailhead and the town of Buena Vista to the west. The railroad berm actually continues beyond Shields Gulch (north) and once carried the old Midland Railroad. You can still see remnants of the railroad and the mining operations it served. You'll also get fantastic views of the surrounding mountains.
For the most part, the trail is level but some short sections can be steep, and the gravel surface and narrow trail (single track in some places), make for more advanced riding. Take care and walk your bike through these sections if necessary. Other sections of the trail are on wider gravel roads and other trails lead off of the Midland Bike Trail.
The trail is open from spring through November, or until the snow flies.
Parking and Trail Access
From US 285/24 turn northwest on County Road 315; the trailhead is about another half mile down the road. In Buena Vista, take the Arkansas River footbridge at the end of E. Main Street and follow the Barbara Whipple Trail to County Road 304.