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Recommended Routes in San Isabel National Forest - 20

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Favorite Monarch Crest
Difficult

Monarch Crest - IMBA EPIC

36.2 mi 58.3 km 2,035' Up 620.31 m Up 5,890' Down 1795.37 m Down

Whitepine, CO
Favorite Cruising Twin Lakes in the fall.
Intermediate

Twin Lakes Trail

14.8 mi 23.8 km 605' Up 184.42 m Up 605' Down 184.28 m Down

Leadvil…, CO
Favorite Mount Princeton is the best backdrop.
Intermediate/Difficult

Buena Vista Singletrack Loop

12.0 mi 19.3 km 1,005' Up 306.2 m Up 1,003' Down 305.85 m Down

Buena V…, CO
Favorite Buff and scenic. The Alpine Tunnel Trail is great.
Difficult

CDT Alpine Tunnel

18.0 mi 28.9 km 2,427' Up 739.73 m Up 2,443' Down 744.57 m Down

St. Elmo, CO
Favorite "Don't feed the Rocky Mountain Elephant"
Intermediate

Midland Bike Trail Out-and-Back

10.3 mi 16.6 km 468' Up 142.65 m Up 466' Down 142.14 m Down

Buena V…, CO
Favorite Django is a good mix of flowy and technical, with a nice backdrop.
Difficult

BV OUTLAW

11.6 mi 18.7 km 949' Up 289.39 m Up 953' Down 290.37 m Down

Buena V…, CO
Favorite Monarch Crest
Very Difficult

Monarch Mind Bender

88.3 mi 142.2 km 10,554' Up 3216.82 m Up 14,424' Down 4396.55 m Down

Salida, CO
Favorite "Don't feed the Rocky Mountain Elephant"
Intermediate

Shield's Gulch Loop

11.5 mi 18.4 km 1,055' Up 321.46 m Up 1,054' Down 321.3 m Down

Buena V…, CO
Favorite Kristen and Danielle soaking up the awesome colors of fall!
Difficult

Bikepacking: Colorado 14ers Loop

239.2 mi 384.9 km 26,261' Up 8004.22 m Up 26,314' Down 8020.43 m Down

Salida, CO

San Isabel National Forest Biking

  • 1,386 Miles 2,231 Kilometers of Trail
  • 20 Recommended Routes
  • 20 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 54 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 36 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in San Isabel National Forest - 87

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6.3 mi 10.2 km #1Vitamin B
Very Difficult
Buena Vista, CO
Very Difficult
Buena Vista, CO 58 
6.8 mi 11.0 km #2Green's Creek
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
Salida, CO 34 
3.4 mi 5.5 km #3Unchained
Intermediate/Difficult
Buena Vista, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Buena Vista, CO 40 
1.8 mi 2.9 km #4Bacon Bits (1450A)
Intermediate
Buena Vista, CO
Intermediate
Buena Vista, CO 33 
1.7 mi 2.7 km #5Sausage Link
Intermediate
Buena Vista, CO
Intermediate
Buena Vista, CO 25 
4.4 mi 7.1 km #6Silver Creek Trail
Difficult
Saguache, CO
Difficult
Saguache, CO 22 
6.3 mi 10.1 km #7Turquoise Lake Singletrack
Intermediate
Leadville North, CO
Intermediate
Leadville North, CO 34 
6.7 mi 10.8 km #8Starvation Creek
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
Salida, CO 25 
4.9 mi 7.8 km #9South Mount Elbert Trail #1481
Difficult
Leadville North, CO
Difficult
Leadville North, CO 18 
21.6 mi 34.8 km #10CT - Segment 11: Mount Massive to Clear Creek
Intermediate/Difficult
Leadville North, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Leadville North, CO 12 

Photos of San Isabel National Forest - 230

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Smiling on the small amount of flowy downhill. Great beginning/intermediate techy trail
Apr 20, 2019 near Buena V…, CO
Mount Princeton is the best backdrop.
Mar 20, 2021 near Buena V…, CO
The experience of 2 Spaniards in Monarch Crest IMBA epic. Truly a high altitude mtb experience!
Oct 19, 2018 near Whitepine, CO
Cruising Twin Lakes in the fall.
Oct 7, 2017 near Leadvil…, CO
Colorado high country riding at its best on the Canyon Creek Trail.
May 31, 2016 near Salida, CO
Aspen Grove along the Chalk Creek Segment
Apr 9, 2013 near Salida, CO
CT just above CO 365.
Jul 24, 2016 near Buena V…, CO
The above-treeline descending on Canyon Creek is seriously grin-inducing.
Sep 6, 2016 near Whitepine, CO