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Lower Faceplant

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.7 (3)

The beginning singletrack to the Roan Cliff Chaos course. This also connects to Rusty Shovel Trail.


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Map Key

0.6

Miles

0.9

KM

Singletrack

5,978' 1,822 m

High

5,818' 1,773 m

Low

160' 49 m

Up

1' 0 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

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Description

A challenging climb or a fun, twisty, fast, rocky, descent. If you have ever ridden the Roan Cliff Chaos, this is the start of the singletrack after coming off the gravel road. This trail can be tricky to find. From the BLM parking lot, ride the singletrack that parallels the road going northeast. The singletrack eventually spits you out onto the gravel road itself for a short bit. Climb moderately steep and gravelly road until you reach the top. Now look left for singletrack trail that appears a bit washed out. Congratulations, you have found Lower Faceplant!

Climb Lower Faceplant until you reach the top of the mesa. Along the way, you'll encounter some cupped singletrack, rocky terrain, and 3 very technical features to ride over. The first feature used to be way easier but moto traffic and erosion have made it much more difficult to clean. The second feature rolls pretty easily. The 3rd is very difficult. Use the line on the right side for the win! The rest of the climb is pretty mellow.

Lower Faceplant ends at a confusing 3-way intersection. Go left to climb Faceplant, straight to continue on to the Roan Cliff Chaos course, and right to bail out to the road.

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Shared By:

Ryan Fids with improvements by Kristen Arendt

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  3.7 from 3 votes

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Climbing Lower Faceplant
Nov 28, 2015 near Rifle, CO
The continuation of upper Rusty after the intersection with Lower Faceplant.
Aug 4, 2016 near Rifle, CO
See the new trail that bends to the right? That's Mighty McLeod. Left is Rusty Shovel.
Aug 1, 2016 near Rifle, CO

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Sep 21, 2019
Stephanie Striefel
up from Lower Rusty Shovel, with added trail to bridge gap to Hot & Nasty; as part of 2019 Roan Cliffs Chaos
Apr 18, 2017
Damon Roth