Basalt Mountain Trail

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  3.5 from 2 votes
blue  Intermediate from 3 votes
Rank: #12 in the White River National Forest area
#816 in CO, #7,714 Overall
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Trail in the area near Basalt,
“A once logging road now mostly rocky singletrack that gives you a feeling of being out there.”
Craig Fowler on Jan 15, 2014
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3.55.6 milesKilometers 385’117 m Ascent 9,894’3,016 m High 3% Avg Grade (2°)
Singletrack Type -215’-66 m Descent 9,537’2,907 m Low 13% Max Grade (7°)
Basalt Mountain Trail is part of a larger loop which includes the Cattle Creek Trail. Some call it the Big Loop (at Basalt Mountain). Getting up to this high elevation climbing traverse requires a long climb up Basalt Mt. Road (Forest Route 524). Once you reach the trailhead, you're rewarded with a beautiful ride through alternating dense forest & grassy meadows that gives you the feeling that you're really up & out there.

The trail can be overgrown in the meadows, but it's easy to stay on track. You'll find more rock on this trail than most other areas in the RFV. Intermediate riders will find this trail to be more "advanced" than not... The basalt lava rock encountered is more often solid than loose; you can ride hard and fast, but pick your line carefully!
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PHOTOS of Basalt Mountain Trail
  2.7 from 3 votes
One of the large open spaces along the trail. (Basalt, CO)
  2.3 from 3 votes
One of the many fields that you'll ride through which offer a break from... (Basalt, CO)