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A short lollipop trail through scrub oak with great views of Mt. Sopris.


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Map Key

3.8

Miles

6.1

KM

Singletrack

8,000' 2,438 m

High

7,299' 2,225 m

Low

736' 224 m

Up

165' 50 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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This is a nice trail for a quick morning or afternoon ride: a climb (a nice work out), views, and a fast descent all on singletrack through scrub oak. The indicated mileage is for the entire lollipop, in full it is about a 5.7 mile ride when returning back to the trailhead. The loop part can be ridden in either direction, but counter-clockwise is likely a steeper climb. Wear pants or leg armor to keep your legs from getting really scratched up - the stem part of the trail is a narrow tunnel through stiff brush. This trail is mostly fast and flowy... there are not too many technical sections to negotiate. The trail maybe a little bit loose when very dry.

In mid-September the scrub oaks turn a pretty orange (only for a short time) that rivals the aspens that turn yellow elsewhere in the Roaring Fork Valley.

To get there: take Hwy 82. Turn south onto Emma Rd. Immediately turn left onto Sopris Creek Rd. Turn right onto West Sopris Creek Rd at the T intersection. Drive across the first cattle guard (1.85 miles from the T intersection) and immediately turn left onto a dirt road. Take the dirt road uphill to the first switchback (0.3 miles). Park on the side of the road. The trail starts on the outside of the switchback. Also, it is an easy ride from old town Basalt to the trailhead.

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Shared By:

brian rose with improvements by Kristen Arendt and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  3.6 from 9 votes

#4

in Carbondale

#20057

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#4

in Carbondale

#1,714

in Colorado

#20,057

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Basalt Mtn. back there.
Oct 8, 2016 near El Jebel, CO

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Jul 30, 2023
Ashlyn Smith
Jul 8, 2023
Ashlyn Smith
Oct 24, 2020
Jessica Beaulieu
Aug 10, 2019
Malia Obradovich Reeder
Wouldn't go back in the middle of the day... 2mi
May 29, 2019
Pete Harriman
Sep 7, 2018
Ian Edlind
May 15, 2018
Tim Szewczyk
Aug 20, 2017
Sam Cox
Walked it with dogs but wanted to comment on mileage. Strava showed 5.7 miles RT. We followed the mtbproject trail map. Did the lollipop clockwise.
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