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Tour de Engineer

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19.5 Miles 31.4 Kilometers



2,380' 726 m


-4,335' -1,321 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (23°)

11,788' 3,593 m


8,765' 2,672 m


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A nice way to ride the high country from Coal Bank pass.

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This is a fun, high country ride that requires a shuttle or a hitchhike unless you want to mash up another 2,500 vert on a busy highway or more on the Engineer Mountain Trail to make it a loop. Great views and fun riding on some lesser known trails like White Creek and Greysill / Cascade Divide Trail.

Need to Know

Bring a map or GPS since some of the trail intersections are vague. Start early and avoid the lightning.


Start at the top of Coal Bank pass. Go up pass creek, which is somewhat technical but goes pretty quickly. Turn right on Engineer Mountain Trail. Some of this section is badly eroded and you'll probably get off your bike. Look out for the great views to be had here.

Next, look for the hard to find White Creek Trail which isn't marked. You need to look for a feint trail to the left AFTER engine creek. You go though a campsite, cross a little creek and you should see a prominent trail going up across the hill. White Creek Trail is super tight singletrack and rides well. At this point, you'll hit the Colorado Trail.

Ride down and up out of the upper cascade creek. Then at 11,500 feet look for a vague intersection with Greysill / Cascade Divide Trail. There should be a small sign marking this intersection. The trail is pretty well maintained and is somewhat tame. Stay on the trail until you get to the lower part of cascade creek and stay on the south side of it for about 2 miles then cross cascade creek when you see a good opening. Follow the USFS road down to US 550.


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Sep 23, 2018
Morgan Olsson
Took Engine Creek connector to Cascade. Engine is pure GNAR!
Jul 21, 2016
Jennifer Johnson
Sep 1, 2014
Holly Borowski

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Holly Borowski
Boulder, CO
Holly Borowski   Boulder, CO
I did a modification of this ride on Sunday--loved it! I did it as a loop--I parked at the bottom of the engineer mtn trail and took the road up to the the start. Wasn't such a bad road climb, and it had some really nice views. It also seemed like the climb up engineer mountain trail wouldn't be so bad at the start of the ride (though maybe a little grueling if left until the end). Instead of going all the way up to the colorado trail, I took the engine creek trail down--a fun descent! Sep 5, 2014

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