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Basalt Mountain Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.6 (5)

A once logging road now mostly rocky singletrack that gives you a feeling of being out there.


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3.5

Miles

5.6

KM

Singletrack

9,894' 3,016 m

High

9,537' 2,907 m

Low

385' 117 m

Up

215' 66 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Description

Basalt Mountain Trail is part of a larger loop which includes the Cattle Creek Trail. Some call it the Big Loop (at Basalt Mountain). Getting up to this high elevation climbing traverse requires a long climb up Basalt Mt. Road (Forest Route 524). Once you reach the trailhead, you're rewarded with a beautiful ride through alternating dense forest & grassy meadows that gives you the feeling that you're really up & out there.

The trail can be overgrown in the meadows, but it's easy to stay on track. You'll find more rock on this trail than most other areas in the RFV. Intermediate riders will find this trail to be more "advanced" than not... The basalt lava rock encountered is more often solid than loose; you can ride hard and fast, but pick your line carefully!

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Shared By:

Craig Fowler

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  3.6 from 5 votes

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One of the large open spaces along the trail.
Jan 15, 2014 near Basalt, CO
One of the many fields that you'll ride through which offer a break from the dense forest.
Jan 15, 2014 near Basalt, CO

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Stephanie Striefel
was not expecting so many rocks; walked the uphills, had fun downhill, until even i couldnt see for the darkness; rode rocky descent in the dark, w... 3.5mi