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A dirt road that leads to the highest point of The Crown.


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Map Key

7.2

Miles

11.6

KM

Doubletrack

8,856' 2,699 m

High

7,215' 2,199 m

Low

823' 251 m

Up

1,686' 514 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Description

This full size vehicle dirt road connects Prince Creek Road near the top of Monte Carlo, climbs up to the very top of the Crown, and then descends to to the top of Prince Creek Road, where it meets the parking lot trailhead & saddle with West Sopris Creek Road. Rating this as easy / intermediate; although it's a wide dirt road, it has steep portions and considerable amounts of climbing involved.

The expansive mid-valley views, and views of Mount Sopris, Capitol Peak, and more distant mountain ranges from the top of the Crown are well worth the visit.

The western part of the road is very often used by mountain bikers as a climb to access Highline Trail, South Porcupine, Plunge, English Trim, Trough, and Father of Ginormous.

Contacts

Shared By:

Mike Pritchard with improvements by Taz Brown

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 5 votes

#9

in Crown Trails

#10602

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Trail Rankings

#9

in Crown Trails

#1,059

in Colorado

#10,602

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Photos

Ride over cattle guard at fence line near parking area on Dinkle Link.  View of Mount Sopris and Hay Park area beyond.
Aug 24, 2018 near El Jebel, CO
Middle section of Highline with Mt. Sopris.
Apr 23, 2014 near Carbondale, CO
The Aloha Gang climbing the dirt road.
Apr 18, 2014 near Carbondale, CO
The top and tame portion of the Plunge.  Further down the trail there are two very steep descents.  Be aware!
Apr 23, 2014 near Carbondale, CO

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Aug 31, 2023
Patrick Burns
A sunny grind. Traction is good. At least the views are really pleasant.
Oct 12, 2019
Grant Crist
muddy after snow 3 days ago 17mi — 2h 00m
Sep 23, 2018
Jason Troxel
Awesome views of entire valley! Old doubletrack with lots of line options but all fall line. Many steep climbs (fun on ebike). 7.2mi — 1h 15m
May 28, 2018
Stephanie Striefel
the part between eng trim & f.o.g.; and between monte and s. porc. 2mi
May 28, 2016
Stephanie Striefel
went up to highline junction; spectacular views
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