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Canyons

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5.2 Miles 8.4 Kilometers


Singletrack

708' 216 m

Ascent

-970' -296 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

7,256' 2,212 m

High

6,837' 2,084 m

Low

Shared By Leslie Kehmeier

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Longest singletrack at Curt Gowdy and host to a number of different landscapes and experiences

Leslie Kehmeier

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Description

Canyons provides the most diversity at Curt Gowdy. It's also the longest trail in the park.

The route runs from the south end of Shoreline through Middle Kingdom to the south end of Crystal Reservoir.

From the north end, the route travels in a hidden canyon. The tread is moderately technical with a fair amount of rocks to navigate. Canyons descends steadily through a series of switchbacks and turns to the intersection with Mahogany and a bridge crossing.

The section running between here and Crystal Ridge is a bit easier with flatter grades and smoother terrain. It's also the connecting trail to Middle Kingdom.

Heading south from Crystal Ridge, Canyons gets technical again. At the junction with Cliffhanger, the route bears left and climbs in and out of rocky drainages along the upper end of Crystal Lake Reservoir.

The final portion of the trail is the most technical and a test of mettle for even the most skilled riders. Be prepared to walk the bike if you tackle this section.

Canyon's terminus is at the southern reaches of the park, at junction with Highline.

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Aug 2, 2018
Tomas Juergenson
Canyons is a joke, how this is included on the IMBA Epic list is beyond me. Parts are okay but there's a mountain goat section that is ridiculous.
Oct 7, 2017
Martin Asao
not sure I would ride this again. 5.2mi
Sep 9, 2017
Rich Purdy
Jul 3, 2017
Ryan Miller
Jul 22, 2016
Michael Turner
Exposed to the sun, hot, tight switchbacks, loose sand. Not very much enjoyment unless you like being challenged. Had to walk southern part.
Jun 9, 2016
Hendo Henderson
Semi-wet. Rocks were slick. More hike-a-bike sections then the Northwest of Curt Gowdy. Pretty extreme exposure 7.1mi — 1h 30m
Oct 12, 2015
Ethan Davis

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  2.9 from 18 votes

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Very enjoyable west of Blue's Cruz. East of there has too many hike-a-bike sections on loose sun exposed hillsides. May 5, 2014
Edward Baird
Evergreen
Edward Baird   Evergreen
This is the most disappointing trail in the park. Completely different than the rest of the trail system in that it is a total hike-a-bike. Not much fun. Jul 7, 2014
Jeff Ruhle
Winter Park, CO
Jeff Ruhle   Winter Park, CO
I agree with all the comments below. Not worth going east of Blue's Cruz. Lots of steep, exposed hike-a-bike, south face and very hot. Aug 19, 2014

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