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blue Sale Barn - South Rim - Carbon Junction

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Trail

7.2 mile 11.5 kilometer point to point
95% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 752' 229 m
Descent: -766' -234 m
High: 6,883' 2,098 m
Low: 6,480' 1,975 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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Trail shared by John Geronimo

Excellent introduction to Durango singletrack for an intermediate rider.

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Grandview Ridge trails are subject to conditional winter wildlife closures. Call the BLM Tres Rios Field Office for the latest info: (970) 882-7296

Overview

This ride introduces the willing intermediate to exceptionally well designed trails that are aesthetically pleasing and help to build skills. In about 4 hrs you can see a good sample of the famed Telegraph Trail System and get a good workout.

Need to Know

Take plenty of water, sun protection, and tools/spares.

Description

The namesake Sale Barn is long gone but the trailhead features a signboard and trail system map. After a steep rise from the parking area, Sale Barn settles into a pattern of gently curving runs up the narrow valley punctuated by switchbacks that will provide a good workout and test of skills.

The mesa top is achieved and here the rider finds gently curving singletrack that seems designed for mountain biking... because it is. The trail drops back down into the canyon in some steep turns then crosses the arroyo at about 1.2 miles and rises onto the west mesa.

Passing the junction with Cowboy Trail, you now head out onto the first portion of South Rim Trail. This is great cruising with minimal rocks. As the trail contours along the mesa edge, the proximity to the busy 550 corridor is apparent.

The trail descends into Big Canyon, which provides a shorter variant of this ride or a convenient bailout point if you've had enough. Rising out of Big Canyon is a series of very tight and fairly loose switchbacks that may require a bit of walking for the intermediate.

The next section is the west portion of South Rim Trail, featuring more cuising and views. The trail continues across another canyon and up onto the mesa. Here the trail splits, with the north branch heading up into the Telegraph System.

The south split contours around an open field, then begins a precipitous drop to Carbon Junction. Things get steep in a hurry: despite the views look ahead for abrupt and loose switchbacks. Missing the final switchback before the parking area would result in a steep drop onto the highway.

This was my introduction to Durango intermediate: a fine trail that mixes pleasurable cruising with technical challenges to build skill.

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May 6, 2019
Jalaine Phillips
Good condition, a bit of a ride on the highway back to the car, good climbs 8.9mi — 1h 29m
May 2, 2019
Gabe Parker
6.5mi
Oct 21, 2018
John Swallow
Oct 1, 2018
Jim Vance
Sep 30, 2018
Will Sneed
Sale Barn is one of those trails that seems a little different each time I visit. After a moderate climb. The singletrack descends in the canyon.…
Aug 21, 2018
Brian Cronin
Aug 9, 2018
Biswas Palikhey
Aug 5, 2018
Zane Hallock

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  3.5 from 15 votes

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Brian Cronin
Durango
Brian Cronin   Durango
This is an excellent introductory trail for newer riders that are done with beginner rides. Great combination of moderate climbing, swoopy cross country, and a variety of textures while mostly smooth. Aug 22, 2018

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