Golden’s hotspot for downhill shuttle laps can be found on Mount 7, the prominent peak just east of town. Named for the ephemeral 7 that appears high on the ridgeline each spring, this trail network has been the heart of local downhill riding for many years.
Mount 7 was once home to the infamous Psychosis Race where World Cup racers would come to pit themselves against the mountain. Some succeeded, but many failed. The Psychosis Race is long gone, but you can still challenge the mountain.
Over the years, the mainly old-school style trails have taken on a rougher and more rugged appearance. It’s character can be summarized as steep! It’s no bike park, just pure, proper downhill riding.
Hunt about, or ask the locals, and you’ll find some hidden gems tucked away: wood features, gap jumps, cliff drops, and double blacks to challenge the most seasoned rider. Many of these trails were originally built underground, so best to scout them first.
Some new XC trails are starting to be developed on Mount 7. Namely the bidirectional XC trail Schacher, which aims to eventually climb right up to the Launch site. Currently its high point is approximately 6km up the Mount 7 road.