A fun, low-traffic descent through Mondragon Canyon.”
— Casey Fry
As of June 2015, Trail 660, aka Mondragon Canyon Trail, is a little-known series of old jeep trails that have grown over and are all but reclaimed by the forest. The vast majority of the trail is fast downhill, through pine and aspen, ending at a log creek crossing on Highway 64. There are several possibilities for loops combined with South Boundary Trail, or on its own from 437. Due to such low traffic, in some places you want to play close attention to potential hidden obstacles at speed.
This trail has tons of potential for an excellent extended downhill run, so put some wheels on it!
Need To Know
Do not attempt without a good sense of direction and/or a GPS! When I rode this route, it was as an experiment while visiting the SBT #164. I didn't have a GPS with me, and was only "following my nose" so the map shown is approximate in some places. There is a possibility that I got off-track at one point, as the trail disappeared for a short period in a large aspen grove after the only climb on the trail. The trail re-appeared though, and the rest was easy to follow. Once this trail sees more traffic, this will eventually be a non-issue.
Head up Fire Road 437 as if you were going to the South Boundary Trail at Garcia Pass. About a mile before the South Boundary Trail trailhead, there will be a jeep trail intersection on the right; it splits into two trails - take the trail to the right. It is not marked, so use the MTB Project mobile app
to locate the trailhead.
After about a mile of easy pedaling west, you'll reach an intersection of several roads and trails, including #164; look for a doubletrack trail on the right that heads downhill (see the video). After around two miles, be on the lookout for a trail that splits to the left (you'll be going pretty fast, so pay attention!); if you reach FR437, you passed it. At this point you'll climb for a bit... now, this is where I might have gotten off track and missed a turn-off to the right, so watch carefully... if not, then the wide trail will end at a steep goat trail that drops into a ravine. This is where the trail disappeared for me, and where I began my hike in the woods, which eventually led me to another road bed.
Once I found the trail again, it was easy to follow after this, as it enters and descends Mondragon Canyon. The last mile or so is fast and rough. When you reach the creek at the end, look for a log crossing to the left, ending at Hwy 64.
History & Background