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FSR 523/524

Easy/Intermediate
 2.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An easy climb on forest service roads to Love Lake and a scenic overlook of Bristol Head Peak.


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14.1

Miles

22.7

KM

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Singletrack

10,981' 3,347 m

High

8,977' 2,736 m

Low

2,085' 635 m

Up

2,080' 634 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

This is a fairly straightforward climb on forest service roads with nice views along the way. It's worth riding for the views, but it's not singletrack!

Description

Start anywhere along forest service road 523 and follow it up the 7 mile 5% grade climb. The road is hard packed dirt road with some wash-boarding and small rocks in the roadbed. It gets a bit rougher above Love Lake as the road isn't as well maintained.

Love Lake makes a good snack break location or turn-around if the weather looks iffy. Otherwise, head on up to the Bristol Head Peak scenic overlook. Along the way you'll see evidence of the 2013 Papoose wildfire.

The trip back down is fast and relatively smooth. Be sure to watch for cars and unexpected hairpin turns while you bomb the descent.

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Shared By:

Ryan Hickman

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Photos

Bristol Head Peak through the trees.
Sep 23, 2013 near Creede, CO
Love Lake in fall
Sep 23, 2013 near Creede, CO
Bristol Head Peak off in the distance (upper right of the photo - kinda washed out in this shot). Burn areas below and across the valley.
Sep 23, 2013 near Creede, CO
Mellow grade and smooth road makes for an enjoyable afternoon.
Sep 22, 2013 near Creede, CO
Early fall color.
Sep 22, 2013 near Creede, CO

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Sep 5, 2022
Shawn White
Great nice ride up the road. Was a little worried about traffic since it is Labor Day but only passed a few cars. — 11h 30m
Jun 20, 2022
Paul Whitmore
Rode from just past Soward Ranch (where aspens start) to Love Lake and back down. Great ride for a shorter excursion. 6.7mi — 1h 13m
Jul 23, 2019
Ryan Hickman
Nov 23, 2017
Max K
Sep 19, 2014
Ryan Hickman
Jun 22, 2014
Ryan Hickman
Sep 21, 2013
Ryan Hickman
Early fall color