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Elbert Creek

 6 votes

Length

9.9 Miles 16.0 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

1,735' 529 m

Ascent

-2,142' -653 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

10,450' 3,185 m

High

8,402' 2,561 m

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A fun, non-technical trail climbing/descending through the San Juan National Forest.

Mike Vuytos

Overview

Description

Elbert Creek has two main sections bisected at Forest Road 581.

Mostly ridden as a downhill from FR 581, Elbert Creek's east section ends at the parking area near the Needles Conoco gas station on Hwy 550. It can be ridden uphill, but expect to hike-a-bike in a few steep spots.

The west section, ridden east to west, is a less trafficked trail. Though challenging, this trail section will leave most riders satisfied. Be prepared, the trail can be steep in places and will require use of GPS track or the MTB Project MTB Project mobile app to stay on track. This ride dumps you out near Big Bend trail and the bridge on Hermosa Creek.

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Aug 12, 2017
Henry Noerdlinger
See comments. Overgrown, non-used trail with steep hike when traversed from west to east. 10mi — 3h 00m
Sep 19, 2015
Deric Skinner
not an easy, non technical trail!
Jul 14, 2015
Dylan Davis
Overgrown vegetation on trail down to 550. Many loose boulders and cobbles from recent downpours. Several downed trees.

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I rode this Aug 12 2017 from west to east starting on Hermosa Creek and ending on Elbert Creek Road (FS581). It appears that no human has travelled on this trail for several weeks. I would strongly not recommend attempting to ride in this direction. Most of the trail in this direction is all hike, no bike. I would also not recommend riding this trail in low visibility. Aug 14, 2017
I would also like to suggest riding with at least one other person and a locator beacon as well. Consider: No phone service for at least several hours. No human activity for what may be weeks and you are out there with no other intersecting trails. A trail that is overgrown and potentially difficult to follow at times. Aug 14, 2017

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