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Montrose Big Loop

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Trail

28.3 mile 45.5 kilometer point to point
30% Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,801' 549 m
Descent: -1,809' -551 m
High: 6,937' 2,114 m
Low: 5,533' 1,686 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Garry Baker

A big loop with 10 miles of downhill singletrack, rideable from Montrose.

Garry Baker

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

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Sept. 15--? Upper Kurt's is closed.

Overview

Montrose isn't exactly known for all the great riding accessible from town, but this ride is "kind of" the exception, at least for fit riders. It features over 1,000 vertical feet of downhill singletrack over 10 miles. The views are some of the best anywhere! Canyons, red rocks, mountains, it's all there. The ride is doable as a 30-mile loop from town, or can be shuttled.

Note: If you ride this as mapped, there's quite a bit of road riding on both dirt and paved roads.

Need to Know

It can get pretty hot in the summer, so best to do this ride when the temp is below 80 or so.

Description

Find Landfill Road northeast of Montrose. Ride the pavement until you almost reach the landfill gate, then head right on the dirt road. Follow the dirt road several miles up to Bostwick Park. Take a hard left at the sign that says "mountain bikes only". Follow the seldom traveled singletrack until you're back on BLM land.

Follow Kurt's Trail signs, then Skull and Crossbones Downhill. The singletrack is narrow and demanding. There are loose rocks here and there. When you reach a graded Elephant Skin Road, go left a little ways, and follow the "Z Ditch" sign. Follow Z-Ditch , a weird sunken arroyo with towering walls of Mancos shale. After several descents and climbs through other arroyos, find the Moonlight Mesa Trail sign. Follow this trail to the Mystery Ditch turn-off.

Mystery Ditch is fast and fun, not as deep an arroyo as Z-Ditch. All too soon Mystery Ditch ends and you're back on Chukar Road, a graded, graveled road. Follow Chukar Rd. downhill to Peach Valley Rd. and take a left. It's gravel for a few miles until you reach pavement again at Falcon Rd. Follow the paved 6400 Rd. back to town. It's about an hour spin to Montrose.

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Photos

Bostwick Park & Red Rock Canyon
Jun 24, 2014 near Montrose, CO
Starting out S&C with some butter-smooth ridgeline descent.
Nov 3, 2016 near Montrose, CO
Kurt's Trail Descent over the dobies.
Jun 24, 2014 near Montrose, CO
The San Juan Mountains guard the horizon from the Slanty Bridge Trail.
Mar 25, 2017 near Montrose, CO
Private property sign in June 2014.
Jul 16, 2014 near Montrose, CO
South end of Z-Ditch.
Jul 15, 2014 near Montrose, CO

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