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Lorax Trail

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 3.9 (17)

Rides great as a rolling out-and-back with rewarding rocky tech moments.


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Map Key

6.1

Miles

9.9

KM

Singletrack

8,172' 2,491 m

High

7,162' 2,183 m

Low

1,469' 448 m

Up

486' 148 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Features -none-

Closed to bikes during the winter, Dec. 1 to April 15.

Description

Lorax Trail starts steep and rocky right out of the parking lot. you may even have to step off to get over a rock step up just a few yards in. Soon enough though, the trail's true character presents itself. The rocks give way to smooth dirt tread and fast and flowing turns through the pinion juniper canopy. While the trail remains most often smooth & intermediate, advanced riders will find many rewards. Tight turns and steep ups and downs will keep you on guard. You'll find brief rocky tech moments that are more rewarding than challenging for the skilled rider.

1.5 miles from the trailhead, you'll encounter the upper or lower short loop option shown on the map. At the north, upper elevation end of this loop, the trail continues south, but you must dismount to get through a chicane structure at a range fence.

The trail becomes steeper and more technical as it approaches the southern point where many riders turn around to head back to the trailhead.

This turn-around point is somewhat nondescript, but coincides with the trail following an uphill gully drainage, with at least one steep short hike-a-bike section. As you continue climbing south, you'll pop onto an old doubletrack for a 1/4 mile, but then the singletrack continues climbing up a more obvious gully route. Continuing from this point, South Lorax is a primitive route (that is now maintained & requires an occasional push of the bike when heading up hill) that will connect you to BLM Road 8275.

Distant views are not high on the list of features but riding the trail as an out-and-back offers great flow and and enjoyable time in the forest. Consider riding from town and back to make your ride a little longer.

Contacts

Shared By:

Craig Fowler with improvements by Kristen Arendt and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 17 votes

#1

in Carbondale

#5186

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  3.9 from 17 votes
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#1

in Carbondale

#466

in Colorado

#5,186

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Jun 1, 2020
Eric Harrill
10mi
May 6, 2020
Karl Schwartz
6.7mi — 1h 19m
May 13, 2019
Jay Austin
whole trail dry, good to go!
Sep 4, 2018
Stephanie Striefel
3 out, 3 back - in the dark, w/o lights; with chris; first part very techy and hike-a-bikey; love the sage and juniper landscape 6mi
Aug 30, 2018
Ian Edlind
Jul 30, 2018
Connor Bailey
First time on the trail, it is pretty good, a bit technical and could use some maintenance but overall a good ride. 5mi — 1h 00m
Apr 16, 2018
Arnold Nimmo
Jun 6, 2017
Nathan Baier