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


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Map Key

19.5

Miles

31.4

KM

95%

Singletrack

11,788' 3,593 m

High

8,765' 2,672 m

Low

2,380' 726 m

Up

4,335' 1,321 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

43%

Max Grade (23°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

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.

Description

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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Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 11 votes

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  4.5 from 11 votes
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Photos

On the EMT above Pass Creek, looking north ar Jura Knob
Jul 2, 2014 near Silverton, CO
If you like tight singletrack, solitude, and epic views, White Creek is for you!
Jul 2, 2014 near Rico, CO
Looking south at Engineer mountain from the EMT
Jul 2, 2014 near Silverton, CO
Look north at Grizzly Peak from the lesser known White Creek trail.
Jul 2, 2014 near Rico, CO
Ready to keep rolling
Jul 31, 2020 near Rico, CO
Engineer Mountain Trail leads riders right past its namesake.
Apr 3, 2017 near Rico, CO

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Aug 2, 2020
Mark Dollard
Getting here from Molas 19.5mi — 10h 00m
Jul 30, 2020
Ryan Brooks
Sep 23, 2018
Morgan Olsson
Took Engine Creek connector to Cascade. Engine is pure GNAR!
Jul 22, 2017
Jordan Smith
Jul 21, 2016
Jennifer Johnson
Sep 1, 2014
Holly Borowski