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Trail

19.6 mile 31.6 kilometer loop
60% Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 3,576' 1,090 m
Descent: -3,589' -1,094 m
High: 12,551' 3,826 m
Low: 9,248' 2,819 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)

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Trail shared by Michael Klimek

A grueling road climb up to tree line then a big hike-a-bike followed by tasteful descending.

Michael Klimek

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Overview

One of the highest trails in Colorado and one of the longer continuous descents. A great option if you're over the Monarch Crest.

Description

This ride starts with a big road climb up Tomichi Pass Rd. Progressively more blown out road, progressively steeper, progressively demoralizing. The Canyon Creek trail starts with over a 1,000' hike-a-bike push up blown out and loose switchbacks up to elevation of over 12,600'. There's major exposure, so watch yourself in case of bad weather rolling in. Start early in the day!

The descent starts up on the ridge way above treeline. There are tremendous views and high speed singletrack, making this extremely memorable. You drop into a forest and it's arm pump central, high speed moto trail in the forest with good trail tread, lots of little pump sections courtesy of big horsepower. The trail eventually flattens and the descent is pedalier and it ends with a short climb followed by a delicious high speed (albeit short) descent back to the Tomichi Pass Rd. at Snowblind campground.

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Sep 18, 2018
Bob Whiteside
Yup. It’s all about hiking, biking, views and a great descent. Read the main description and then put on the flat pedals and wear hiking shoes. 19.7mi
Sep 12, 2018
Marc A
19.7mi — 5h 05m
Aug 4, 2018
Kevin Moynihan
The climb is never fun, loose even low down on the 4x road. A good descent but hard to love given the climb. 19.7mi
Aug 4, 2018
Robert Slingsby
Jul 20, 2018
Catherine Jaffee
20mi
Jul 20, 2018
Jessica Downing
Long but fun day! 20.8mi
Sep 18, 2017
Jim Haagen-Smit
The road climb has some really rocky and loose sections, we walked a lot. Then add about 1.5 miles of hike a bike on the trail makes it really hard
Sep 15, 2017
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Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 25 votes

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in Colorado

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