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Canyon Creek Loop

 17 votes

Length

19.7 Miles 31.7 Kilometers


60%

Singletrack

Elevation

3,606' 1,099 m

Ascent

-3,614' -1,101 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

12,560' 3,828 m

High

9,248' 2,819 m

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

Michael Klimek

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, 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
lubes 17319
Sep 6, 2017
Richard Paylor
Aug 12, 2017
Nate G.
As described. 5 star trail. Big day on the bike. 19.7mi
Aug 5, 2017
Kris Klauber
Oct 26, 2016
Lisa Dreier
Oct 26, 2016
thomas feistl
Oct 16, 2016
Jeremy Wallace

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 17 votes

#2

in Monarch Pass

#346

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  4.6 from 17 votes
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#2

in Monarch Pass

#87

in Colorado

#346

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