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Arbaney-Kittle Trail (2186.2)

 4.0 (4)

18.7 Miles 30.0 Kilometers


Singletrack

5,213' 1,589 m

Ascent

-1,395' -425 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

49%

Max Grade (26°)

10,694' 3,260 m

High

6,876' 2,096 m

Low

Shared By Leslie Kehmeier

Conditions


Bad / Closed 62 days ago
Fallen Trees - Trail is not passable on the ascent up to Sloane peak due to fallen trees. Dont attempt this ride unless you are an expert and have elite climbing fitness. History

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A backcountry ridgeline route above the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan river valleys - a classic!

Leslie Kehmeier

Dogs Unknown

Features eMTB allowed

Description

The Arbaney-Kittle Trail follows an historic ranching road turned pack trail that climbs 2,000 feet from Basalt to the ridgeline separating the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan river valleys.

From Basalt, it's a stiff climb to get up to about 9,000 feet. From there, the route is still climbing but the grades aren't as intense. For the most part, you'll be pedaling through a mixed forest of pine, spruce, and aspen.

At times, the trail will be right along the ridge, making for some great (sometimes brief) views. You'll also be treated to large stands of solid aspen that are beautiful any time of year.

Expect another grunt of a climb as you traverse towards Sloan Peak. This will be the most difficult part of the route. On the east side of the peak, the trail runs along the ridge above the Frying Pan River and Ruedi Reservoir.

Red Canyon Trail (FS 1993) might be a rowdy downhill option if you decide against going all the way to the far end of the trail. Otherwise continue all the way to Kobey Park Rd.

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Aug 29, 2017
Rafael Cruz
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Jul 3, 2016
Steve Scherck
2 hour hike a bike, thumbs down

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  4.0 from 4 votes

#1

in Basalt

#5613

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  4.0 from 4 votes
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#1

in Basalt

#551

in Colorado

#5,613

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Derek Houtz
Boulder, CO
Derek Houtz   Boulder, CO
what happened to the ride from Aspen?! That was a 5 star test piece. It's still in my app but doesn't give the trails... "Aspen to Basalt via Arbaney-Kittle trail" anyone? Jun 15, 2017

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