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CDT Chalk Creek Pass

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8.6 Miles 13.9 Kilometers


Singletrack

1,102' 336 m

Ascent

-2,474' -754 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

12,125' 3,696 m

High

9,687' 2,953 m

Low

Shared By Matt Giaraffa

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A high alpine ride past Hancock Lakes with great views, technical singletrack to 4x4 road descent.

Matt Giaraffa

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Watch out for camo-clad humans with guns during hunting season.

Description

Start at the parking lot for the Alpine Tunnel Trail, and head up FS 295 towards Hancock Lakes. From the parking lot to the lakes is a fairly rough, loose 4x4 road. Around the lakes, it switches to singletrack and flattens out to cross the headwaters area before getting to a steep (20-30% grade) rocky hike-a-bike up to Chalk Creek Pass.

Go over the pass, and then descend on high alpine technical singletrack until getting to a parking area. Beware the conservationists with guns during hunting season.

Continue down FS 230, and prepare to get fast and loose.

If you want more, at a campground shortly before crossing Columbus Gulch, there's a singletrack trail that climbs up to Ross Lake Reservoir/Boss Lady Reservoir. The views there are nice, and then the subsequent ripping down the Syncline Hill 4x4 road is fantastic.

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Jul 23, 2017
Jill Murphy
So this ride is mellow intermediate from St Elmo up CR 295 and then the Tunnel trail until you get to the switchbacks. From there up high -Advanced! 16mi — 4h 40m

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in Hancock

#6363

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in Hancock

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New singletrack has been added along the 4x4 road that's pretty fun as of 2017 summer. It's recommended to stay on the singletrack when you have the option to switch over to dirt road. Eventually, the singletrack dumps back out onto the 4x4 road right before the most fun part of the Jeep road descent begins. Win Win. Sep 21, 2017

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