Accessibility: Hike, Bike, Horse
Trail Length: 10.38 miles
Elevation Gain: 2009 ft.
Elevation Loss: 1972 ft.
Trail time: 2:15
Highlights: A steep climb from Second Gulch to Hardscrabble Road, Creek, Aspen Grove
This hike offers the best way to access Pipeline as part of a loop. There is a good moderate climb up to the Hardscrabble Connector. From there to Hardscrabble Road provides the most difficult climb. This climb is challenging but is over a fairly short section, and once on Hardscrabble Road the hike is very flat. The hike down Pipeline is very scenic. The hike concludes with a mild downhill on Third Gulch all the way to the parking area.