Canyon Creek Loop

 12 votes

19.7 Miles 31.7 Kilometers


60%

Singletrack

3,606' 1,099 m

Ascent

-3,614' -1,101 m

Descent

12,560' 3,828 m

High

9,248' 2,819 m

Low

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

All Clear

11 days agoUpdate

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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Oct 26, 2016
Lisa Dreier
Oct 26, 2016
thomas feistl
Oct 16, 2016
Jeremy Wallace
Sep 17, 2016
Melina Vissat
10mi — 4h 00m
Sep 11, 2016
fabrizio Giorgetta
Sep 10, 2016
Jared Terrio
Sep 5, 2016
Brian Smith
What an amazing backcountry loop. This one lives up to its reputation -- in terms of views, epic singletrack descending AND demoralizing climbing.
Jul 29, 2016
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  4.7 from 12 votes

#2

in Monarch Pass

#430

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#2

in Monarch Pass

#104

in Colorado

#430

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All Clear 11 days ago
one little snow plug off of the summit on the descent, about 15 yards wide, but it's an easy cross. otherwise she goes!
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