Tour de Engineer

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Rank: #1 in the San Juan National Forest area
#113 in CO, #815 Overall
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Featured Ride in the area near Silverton,
“A nice way to ride the high country from Coal Bank pass.”
dirtbag shredder on May 13, 2014
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19.531.4 milesKilometers 2,380’726 m Ascent 11,788’3,593 m High 7% Avg Grade (4°)
95% Singletrack -4,335’-1,321 m Descent 8,765’2,672 m Low 43% Max Grade (23°)
This is a fun, high country ride that requires a shuttle or a hitchhike unless you want to mash up another 2,500 vert on a busy highway or more on the Engineer Mountain Trail to make it a loop. Great views and fun riding on some lesser known trails like White Creek and Greysill / Cascade Divide Trail.
Need To Know
Bring a map or GPS since some of the trail intersections are vague. Start early and avoid the lightning.
Start at the top of Coal Bank pass. Go up pass creek, which is somewhat technical but goes pretty quickly. Turn right on Engineer Mountain Trail. Some of this section is badly eroded and you'll probably get off your bike. Look out for the great views to be had here.

Next, look for the hard to find White Creek Trail which isn't marked. You need to look for a feint trail to the left AFTER engine creek. You go though a campsite, cross a little creek and you should see a prominent trail going up across the hill. White Creek Trail is super tight singletrack and rides well. At this point, you'll hit the Colorado Trail.

Ride down and up out of the upper cascade creek. Then at 11,500 feet look for a vague intersection with Greysill / Cascade Divide Trail. There should be a small sign marking this intersection. The trail is pretty well maintained and is somewhat tame. Stay on the trail until you get to the lower part of cascade creek and stay on the south side of it for about 2 miles then cross cascade creek when you see a good opening. Follow the USFS road down to US 550.
Land Manager: USFS - San Juan National Forest Office
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  4.2 from 6 votes
On the EMT above Pass Creek, looking north ar Jura Knob (Silverton, CO)
  4.0 from 4 votes
Look north at Grizzly Peak from the lesser known White Creek trail. (Rico, CO)
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  3.8 from 5 votes
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