“GH 44 - Recently realigned moto singletrack - a great mtb downhill trail.”
— D L
Due to heavy moto use, the trail can hold water in the turns and should not be ridden during periods of heavy rainfall.
This is a demanding singletrack downhill requiring confidence in bike handling and descending skills. The finish of the trail is extremely steep, loose and rocky.
The Golden Horseshoe is in the midst of trail marking upgrades. It has taken the Forest Service a number of years to establish a numbering system for the routes within the management area. This trail was originally marked on maps and in the field as GH 12. It is now mapped as GH 44 and most of the field markings match this nomenclature. Unfortunately, there are still a few old GH 12 trail markings along this route. Most notably at the beginning of the trail. Begin the descent from the top of Sawmill Road
(aka Heinous Hill) at a brown, carsonite "GH 12" trail marker. Hopefully the trail naming confusion will be addressed in the near future.
From this marker, descend right through a trail intersection just after the trail beginning, and take the right fork at the next unmarked junction as well.
Fuller Trail (GH 44) roughly parallels Sawmill Road
(GH 22). The original moto track has been realigned by the local motorbike advocacy group, SCORR and Summit County Open Space and Trails. The upper section of the trail winds through a number of switchbacks between Harum Trail
and Dry Gulch Trail
(GH 35). At Dry Gulch Trail
turn right and look for the trail continuation after a short descent on the left. There is a carsonite GH 44 marker post.
The trail continues in this vein for a bit longer before reaching a primitive, contouring doubletrack. This is the old Fuller Road. Fuller Road rolls clockwise for a bit before descending to a very loose, steep and rocky final descent to the Draw Road
(GH 24), Sawmill Road
The latter part of this descent is scheduled for a realignment at some point in the future.