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Elbert Creek

Very Difficult

Trail

9.9 mile 16.0 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Very Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,735' 529 m
Descent: -2,142' -653 m
High: 10,450' 3,185 m
Low: 8,402' 2,561 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)

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Trail shared by Mike Vuytos

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

Mike Vuytos

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

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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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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed

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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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The trail is a bit sandy and loose in places.
Jul 7, 2013 near Rico, CO

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