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Clear Creek Loop

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

11.3 mile 18.2 kilometer loop
60% Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,403' 428 m
Descent: -1,416' -432 m
High: 9,920' 3,024 m
Low: 8,800' 2,682 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Tim Judkins

Fun technical singletrack with great views of the San Juans.

Tim Judkins

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

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Overview

Clear Creek provides a break from the heat with high-elevation singletrack winding through aspen groves. There are a few great viewpoints along the way. The descent is a little loose and rocky. Probably the best singletrack is in the last few miles before climbing back to Divide Rd.

Need to Know

This is best done from west to east to avoid climbing the loose rocky section. It works well to park at the east trailhead and ride up Divide Rd to the west one.

Description

To get there from Montrose head out Dave Wood Rd for about 25 miles, take a right on Divide Rd and drive a few more miles to the east TH. There is a sign on the left that reads "To Clear Creek Trail." You can park here.

Ride west on Divide road for two miles and then turn left at the sign marking Clear Creek Trail. Pass a fence, continue on for another 1/4 mile until you reach a gate. After the gate the trail weaves and climbs a bit before dropping a few hundred feet down the loose descent.

There is a nice view of the plateau from the west end of the trail, at about mile 5. The trail then follows doubletrack and singletrack back east for a few fun miles. The trail is a little beaten up in spots, but there are some very fun, flowy sections.

The ride finishes with a climb back up a ravine, past a couple of gates, to Divide Rd and your vehicle.

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Jul 9, 2019
The Captain
Bad trail conditions 11.6mi — 2h 25m
Jul 23, 2016
Jennifer Peterson

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South end of the trail.  Lots of free-range cattle are out during the summer.
Jul 31, 2013 near Montrose, CO
Clear Creek singletrack
Jul 31, 2013 near Montrose, CO
Start of the rocky descent.  Don't forget to look left and enjoy the views!
Jul 31, 2013 near Montrose, CO

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