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blueBlack East Rock Creek Trail

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5.3 mile 8.5 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 528' 161 m
Descent: -520' -158 m
High: 5,931' 1,808 m
Low: 5,447' 1,660 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)

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A nice desert loop with great vistas.

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To reach the McElmo Canyon trailhead, head south of Cortez on Highway 491. Turn right (west) on County Road G at the signs for the airport and/or Hovenweep National Monument. Go 12 miles on this paved road. Trailhead parking is an unimproved slickrock surface on the north (right) side of the road. No water, or other services are available.

The trail is well marked with maps at every major intersection. Start up the Sand Canyon Trail and in about 1/4-mile watch for the Blue Bike Trail - No equestrian use allowed - that branches to the left. This connector is clearly marked.

Follow it to the junction with East Rock Creek then take a right. From there simply follow the loop counterclockwise back to this point and then retrace your steps on the first two trails to get back to the parking lot.

If you want a longer ride add the Sand Canyon Trail to the east and/or the Rock Creek Trail that loops west. The Rock Creek Trail (not East Rock Creek) is more technical. Sand Canyon is easier. These trails are rideable almost year round, but get hot in the summer.

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Apr 16, 2017
Jason Cross
11mi — 2h 30m
Apr 4, 2016
Pistola Straate
Hard for grade. Lots of hike a bike.

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