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Sale Barn - South Rim - Carbon Junction

Intermediate

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.

John Geronimo

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

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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Oct 19, 2019
bennett davenport
Oct 2, 2019
Nate Hull
Fun point to point ride. Some areas with loose rocks. Fun tight sections of forest to ride through. Short ride back on the frontage road. — 1h 10m
Aug 31, 2019
Dean Street
Jul 11, 2019
Amy Garland
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

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  3.6 from 19 votes

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Photos

Looking west before the last return towards 160.
Aug 1, 2016 near Durango, CO
Looking south towards 160 through Big Canyon.
Aug 1, 2016 near Durango, CO
South end of the Horse Gulch Trail
Aug 22, 2015 near Durango, CO
Un single bien sympa pour finir la sortie !
Nov 18, 2014 near Durango, CO
Descent towards Carbon Junction with a sharp ridge and Durango in the background
Oct 10, 2013 near Durango, CO
Fine singletrack on dirt with few rocks
Oct 10, 2013 near Durango, CO

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