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Red Dirt Trail

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5.0 mile 8.1 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 124' 38 m
Descent: -2,124' -647 m
High: 8,776' 2,675 m
Low: 6,775' 2,065 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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Trail shared by Michael Ahnemann

A scenic, remote climb or a fast, fun descent, depending on which section you're riding.

Michael Ahnemann

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Description

The most commonly ridden section of this trail runs from the intersection with Saddle Trail down to the Red Dirt trailhead. Ridden this way, the trail climbs slightly more steeply than Saddle Trail, before descending all the way down to the trailhead. This trail is more technical than other trails in the area, with a few rocks breaking up generally smooth terrain up too, a rooty section through thick tree cover after that, then a steeper, rocky descent leading to a consistent grade with switchbacks and some loose soil to contend with, and finally a bench cut down to the trailhead.

Just after the trail starts to descend after leaving the Saddle Trail behind, you can take a right to follow this trail up towards the Mount Zirkel Wilderness boundary. This is a consistent and challenging climb, with plenty of Aspens, Pine trees, wildflowers, and thick green vegetation along the trail to keep things interesting.

Parts of the trail are a bit chewed up from horses and rains, making it a little less pleasant than it could be, but overall, it's a nice challenging end to the larger Mad Creek / Red Dirt Loop. FYI: popular hunting trail in the fall.

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Aug 20, 2016
Tom McKim
Aug 19, 2016
Tom McKim
Aug 13, 2016
Darin Nelson
Rode solo 5mi — 1h 15m
Jul 5, 2016
kyle foust

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Dropping into Red Dirt, an incredibly fun descent.
Jun 10, 2015 near Steambo…, CO
The final descent to the road on Red Dirt Trail
Jun 27, 2014 near Steambo…, CO

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