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Canyon Creek Trail

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 4.5 (13)

A great descent which starts well above treeline and drops into great forest singletrack.


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11.9

Miles

19.1

KM

Singletrack

12,562' 3,829 m

High

9,245' 2,818 m

Low

1,082' 330 m

Up

3,608' 1,100 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Description

Park at Snowblind campground up Tomichi Pass Rd. (County Rd 888). Pedal 888 up to the treeline. Please note that the ride up CR 888 is probably 8 miles. The 1st few miles are fine, then it becomes crap. You need to factor this into the equation. This ride, if you start and end at Snowblind is probably 20 miles. Do not be deceived by the climb up 888....it's not easy. You'll find a trail sign marking the beginning of the Canyon Creek Trail. It starts off with a short pedal followed by a significant hike-a-bike where you'll push nearly a 1,000 vertical feet up a rugged and loose series of switchbacks. A very long, delightful descent follows, until you get to the steep climb close to the end.

Also, this trail is open to motorized dirt bikes, so the trail is soft and narrow in some places.

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Shared By:

Michael Klimek with improvements by Carol Gerber

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  4.5 from 13 votes

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#263

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Colorado high country riding at its best on the Canyon Creek Trail.
May 31, 2016 near Salida, CO
The above-treeline descending on Canyon Creek is seriously grin-inducing.
Sep 6, 2016 near Whitepine, CO
Big views on Canyon Creek Trail.
Oct 7, 2016 near Whitepine, CO
Greg D. finally done with the Canyon Creek hike-a-bike!
Oct 7, 2016 near Whitepine, CO
Greg D. showing off his moto brake lever style on Canyon Creek while descending out of the alpine.
Oct 7, 2016 near Whitepine, CO
Start of the Canyon Creek singletrack, going to the top
Aug 16, 2016 near Salida, CO

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Oct 10, 2020
Carol Gerber
The course description for this is not accurate. 8 miles of shitty road riding up CR 888 and then there's a good climb at the end. Do not be fooled.
Jul 20, 2018
Chris Echelmeier
19mi — 4h 00m
Sep 9, 2017
Captain Blacksox
Vapor Trail 125 course 125mi — 20h 00m
Sep 17, 2016
Melina Vissat
10mi — 4h 00m
Sep 17, 2016
Melina Vissat
Wicked climb consisting of interval sprints up rocky trail. 10mi — 4h 00m
Jul 29, 2016
lubes 17319
Sep 27, 2014
San Juanderer
With alex