ElevationAscent: 2,864' 873 m
Descent: -2,048' -624 m
High: 6,312' 1,924 m
Low: 5,285' 1,611 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“Almost 20 miles of high-quality technical desert singletrack!”— Tim Judkins
Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed
Staying true to its name, the Sidewinder weaves in and out of the desert canyons paralleling the Gunnison Gorge. You'll have great views the entire ride and there are multiple access roads that allow you to sneak a peak of the Gorge. Expect to see motorbikes and possibly horses on the trail. It is remarkably high quality singletrack with very fun technical moves around rocks and cliff edges.
The trail can be ridden in either direction. Riders usually ride the trail in segments, accessing it from either end or from one of the access roads. The whole trail can be ridden as an out-and-back or as a loop, riding Peach Valley Rd. If doing a loop, Sidewinder flows best riding from south to north. From north to south, you climb nearly 3000' and descend about 2000'.
From the north, start at the well-marked trailhead off of H75 road. The trail climbs for about 1400' while contouring south along the hillside. The first few miles is some of the best quality, but it is all worthy. Once it levels out, continue to follow the trail south as it snakes in and out of numerous drainages.
You'll pass multiple Gunnison Gorge access roads along the way. These provide a quick way back to Peach Valley road if needed. From the north, you'll pass Ute, Dinosaur, Duncan (twice), Bobcat, Wave, and Eagle Valley roads before reaching the end of Sidewinder at Eagle Valley Trail. Here you can take Eagle Valley Trail down to the Eagle Valley trailhead or continue on Sunset Rocks .
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