Sale Barn - South Rim - Carbon Junction

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Trail

7.2 Miles 11.5 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

752' 229 m

Ascent

-766' -234 m

Descent

6,883' 2,098 m

High

6,480' 1,975 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

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Excellent introduction to Durango singletrack for an intermediate rider.

John Geronimo

Overview

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

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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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Nov 8, 2016
Jason Cross
Oct 11, 2016
Sarah Barton
Sep 5, 2016
David Spiegelberg
Aug 21, 2016
Ray Benton
Always fun, but July rainstorms brought a lot of big glacial gravel onto the trail. Lots of "baby heads" to look out for.
Jul 29, 2016
Jason Cross
First ride in Durango. Test ride on Stumpy. — 2h 00m
Nov 27, 2015
Ron Cooepr
Muddy but fun!!
Jun 13, 2015
Simon Begin
Sep 8, 2014
Robert Stump
Altered to include part of Cowboy and upper end of Big Canyon - little further but awesome trail. 8.5mi — 1h 00m

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Minor Issues 25 days ago
Some Mud: A bit tacky.
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