Montrose Big Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,801' 549 m
Descent: -1,809' -551 m
High: 6,937' 2,114 m
Low: 5,533' 1,686 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A big loop with 10 miles of downhill singletrack, rideable from Montrose.”— Garry Baker
Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed
Note: If you ride this as mapped, there's quite a bit of road riding on both dirt and paved roads.
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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