Canyon Creek Loop

 9 votes

19.7 Miles 31.7 Kilometers

60%

Singletrack

3,606' 1,099 m

Ascent

-3,614' -1,101 m

Descent

12,560' 3,828 m

High

9,248' 2,819 m

Low

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

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12,560' 3,828 m

High

9,248' 2,819 m

Low

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

A grueling road climb up to tree line then a big hike-a-bike followed by tasteful descending.

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One of the highest trails in Colorado and one of the longer continuous descents. A great option if you're over the Monarch Crest.

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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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Sep 11, 2016
Fabrizio Giorgetta
Sep 10, 2016
Jared Terrio
Sep 5, 2016
Brian Smith
What an amazing backcountry loop. This one lives up to its reputation -- in terms of views, epic singletrack descending AND demoralizing climbing. Delete
Jul 29, 2016
lubes 17319
Jul 23, 2016
Aaron Derwingson
Jul 4, 2016
David Asselin
Great Day. came across a few POLITE motorcross guys the last 2 miles otherwise no other humans Delete
Apr 18, 2016
Tara Reddinger-Adams
Holy hard, hardest trail we have ever done due to over 2 hours of climbing and hike a bike. Descent is super fun. Delete
Sep 20, 2014
Aaron Derwingson

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  4.7 from 9 votes

#2

in Monarch Pass

#212

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  4.7 from 9 votes
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in Monarch Pass

#49

in Colorado

#212

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All Clear on Sep 6, 2016
Some mud below treeline but mostly hero dirt!
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