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Engineer Mountain Trail

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Trail

9.2 mile 14.8 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 548' 167 m
Descent: -3,624' -1,105 m
High: 12,176' 3,711 m
Low: 9,066' 2,763 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)

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Trail shared by San Juanderer

Simply one of the best alpine descents in Colorado.

San Juanderer

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

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Description

There are several different ways to access this trail, the easiest being from the top of Coal Bank Pass 10,600ft via the Pass Creek trail. This typically is done with a shuttle vehicle at the bottom of the trail or simply hitchhike back up.

Alternatively, you can ride the Colorado Trail from Molas Pass and link up with the EMT. This is a great alpine ride which also is typically done with a shuttle. The best times to hit the EMT is usually early July through September. If approaching from the bottom for an out and back, you can start earlier in the year and turn around when it gets wet/snowy.

This trail is fun and technical at times. The views at the top are amazing.

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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed

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Aug 23, 2019
Lexi Q
Rode up south to north and back down. A favorite ass-kicker. Lots of friendly faces and awesome flowers. Solo reset like only Engineer can do :) 10mi — 3h 00m
Aug 28, 2018
Shane Glazebrook
Aug 13, 2018
Andy Jones
Sooooo much fun. Must do again next year with Carey Peach
Aug 8, 2018
Matt Harold
The first 3 miles are rough and the elevation profile here makes it look smoother than it is. Multiple trail fixes of meh flow. Last 6mi are awesome. 10.2mi — 2h 00m
Aug 4, 2018
Kevin Webster
9mi — 2h 15m
Aug 4, 2018
Rich Purdy
Aug 4, 2018
Katie Purdy
Aug 4, 2018
Taryn Olson

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  4.6 from 23 votes

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#91

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#278

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Photos

The view from the trails exit
Oct 8, 2017 near Rico, CO
Aspens going off! During a memorable finish through the aspens at the trails end.
Oct 5, 2017 near Rico, CO
Looking back at engineer mtn after the screamer descent!
Oct 8, 2017 near Rico, CO
On the EMT above Pass Creek, looking north ar Jura Knob
Jul 2, 2014 near Silverton, CO
Looking south at Engineer mountain from the EMT
Jul 2, 2014 near Silverton, CO
some of fabulous singletrack perfectly covered with falls color
Oct 7, 2017 near Rico, CO

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