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Tomichi Pass (Co Rd 888) to Canyon Creek Loop

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Rank: #5 in the Salida area
#73 in Colorado
#514 Overall
Featured Ride near Pitkin,  area, 
“A grueling road climb up to tree line then a big hike-a-bike followed by tasteful descending.”
Michael Klimek on Aug 20, 2013
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19.130.7 milesKilometers 3,613’1,101 m Ascent 12,555’3,827 m High 7.2% Avg Grade
60% Singletrack -3,622’-1,104 m Descent 9,248’2,819 m Low 20.2% Max Grade
Overview
One of the highest trails in Colorado and one of the longer continuous descents. A great option if you're over the Monarch Crest.
Description
This ride starts with a big road climb up Tomichi Pass Rd. Progressively more blown out road, progressively steeper, progressively demoralizing. The Canyon Creek trail starts with over a 1,000' hike-a-bike push up blown out and loose switchbacks up to elevation of over 12,600'. There's major exposure, so watch yourself in case of bad weather rolling in. Start early in the day!

The descent starts up on the ridge way above treeline. There are tremendous views and high speed singletrack, making this extremely memorable. You drop into a forest and it's arm pump central, high speed moto trail in the forest with good trail tread, lots of little pump sections courtesy of big horsepower. The trail eventually flattens and the descent is pedalier and it ends with a short climb followed by a delicious high speed (albeit short) descent back to the Tomichi Pass Rd. at Snowblind campground.
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