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Clear Creek Loop

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Rank: #37 in the Montrose area
#183 in Colorado
#1,272 Overall
Featured Ride near Sawpit,  area, 
“Fun technical singletrack with great views of the San Juans.”
Tim Judkins on Jul 31, 2013
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11.318.2 milesKilometers 1,403’428 m Ascent 9,920’3,024 m High 4.7% Avg Grade
60% Singletrack -1,416’-432 m Descent 8,800’2,682 m Low 15.9% Max Grade
Overview
Clear Creek provides a break from the heat with high-elevation singletrack winding through aspen groves. There are a few great viewpoints along the way. The descent is a little loose and rocky. Probably the best singletrack is in the last few miles before climbing back to Divide Rd.
Need To Know
This is best done from west to east to avoid climbing the loose rocky section. It works well to park at the east trailhead and ride up Divide Rd to the west one.
Description
To get there from Montrose head out Dave Wood Rd for about 25 miles, take a right on Divide Rd and drive a few more miles to the east TH. There is a sign on the left that reads "To Clear Creek Trail." You can park here.

Ride west on Divide road for two miles and then turn left at the sign marking Clear Creek Trail. Pass a fence, continue on for another 1/4 mile until you reach a gate. After the gate the trail weaves and climbs a bit before dropping a few hundred feet down the loose descent.

There is a nice view of the plateau from the west end of the trail, at about mile 5. The trail then follows doubletrack and singletrack back east for a few fun miles. The trail is a little beaten up in spots, but there are some very fun, flowy sections.

The ride finishes with a climb back up a ravine, past a couple of gates, to Divide Rd and your vehicle.
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 2.7 from 3 votes
South end of the trail. Lots of free-range cattle are out during the su... (Norwood, CO)
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Start of the rocky descent. Don't forget to look left and enjoy the views! (Norwood, CO)
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