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Whole Uncolada

 3.9 (13)

20.4 Miles 32.8 Kilometers


80%

Singletrack

773' 236 m

Ascent

-3,744' -1,141 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

9,276' 2,827 m

High

6,183' 1,885 m

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Shared By Garry Baker

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Ride the Uncompahgre Plateau from top to bottom, 3700 feet of descending bliss.

Garry Baker

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Overview

Moab has the Whole Enchilada, and Montrose has the Whole Uncolada. Its a huge descent off the Uncompahgre Plateau. Get it? If you're into big and fast descents, do this ride! By the numbers, its about half the elevation drop, distance and ride time of the Whole Enchilada, and can be done in less than 2 hours by a fast rider. Most mortals will take 3 or more hours. Rippin' descending, sometimes on sketchy loose rock, miles of amazing fast singletrack, a few anaerobic climbs, a short hike for variety, and then MORE fast flowy singletrack on Buzzard Gulch. This is a must do and worth a visit. After this ride whets your appetite, check out the many other fun singletrack rides: Aspen Trail and Buck Trail are just a few. The RAT trails are just down the road in Ridgway. If you hit a cool spell (below 80F), Sidewinder and its 20 miles of rolling technical singletrack awaits.

Need to Know

The Spring Creek water crossing can be a couple feet deep early in the season (June to early July). There is also the hike out of Spring Creek Canyon. The descending is really fast, so be mindful of other trail users and ride within your abilities. All trails other than those within Buzzard Gulch Trail System are motorized. While this ride is rated intermediate, it is not suitable for beginners. Make sure your bike is in good working order--the hike out is long and there are only 2 bail-out options on the entire route. Black bear and elk may be on the trail. Keep a safe distance from wildlife.

Description

This is usually a shuttled ride. Inquire at the local bike shops to see if a group shuttled ride is available. The recommended start is at the Forest Fence Trail trailhead on Divide Rd.

Park the lower shuttle vehicle at Spring Creek Canyon Trailhead at Buzzard Gulch. With your upper shuttle vehicle, park at the Spring Creek Rim Rd., 1/4 mile north of the Divide Rd./Dave Wood Rd. intersection. Forest Fence Trail is 200 yards north of here. The drive takes about 30 minutes, maybe a bit less. Follow Forest Fence Trail's singletrack through the aspen forest. At about 1.5 miles, take a right on Sawdust Pile Rd. (unmarked). Ride the road 1/4 mile, look sharp for a singletrack on the left. At 4.3 miles, take a right onto Dented Door Rd., then another quick right onto Spring Creek Trail (2-track). This is an ATV trail, and can be loose, but it is fast and fun!

After the steep downhill to Spring Creek, cross the creek and continue on rolling doubletrack. After a few miles the trail leads to a singletrack gate at the beginning of the Lower Spring Creek Trail (LSC) singletrack. At this spot there is also your first bail-out option: a steep doubletrack that goes to the canyon rim. It's 2 miles to Dave Wood Rd. Back to the ride: LSC is 7 miles of descending bliss! Towards the end of LSC, the terrain becomes rolling. At the very end, the trail turns sharply upward on steep switchbacks ridden only in our dreams.

At the top of the canyon a short singletrack leads to Dave Wood Rd. Follow the pavement left (northeast) about 1/4 mile, and look sharply for an old doubletrack on the left marked with a BLM sign. This is the Dakota Rim Trail, which marks the top of the Buzzard Gulch Trail System.

Follow Dakota Rim down through rough stuff, then take a sharp left (on the Broken Antler Trail). After 1/2 mile, take a sharp left onto Buzzard Gulch Trail, ride 1/2 mile on fast singletrack, then another left on P.J. Way. This is a fast descent with blind curves, so be watchful for other trail users.

P.J. Way finishes on a steep hill, then joins with Buzzard Gulch Trail. Take this trail down the wash to the Spring Creek Canyon Trailhead parking lot. You've done it!

History & Background

This ride started becoming popular with locals in 2014 or so. The amazing 3,700 foot descent and relatively moderate skill level needed to complete the ride makes it a must-do!

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Jul 4, 2018
Bob Montgomery
Very dry and soft the first 4 miles, but then the fun begins.
Oct 1, 2017
Melinda Montoya
Rode this with my 11 y/o, great ride with tons of variation! 20.4mi
Jul 14, 2017
Stephanie Hawthorne
Best ride ever
Jun 20, 2017
Jon Godisak
Jun 14, 2017
Dustin Leonard
20.8mi
Jun 10, 2017
Katie Purdy
Jun 10, 2017
Rich Purdy
Oct 29, 2016
slow scott
16.8mi

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  3.9 from 13 votes

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Is it possible to do this as a Shuttle - Like, pay someone in town to shuttle us up to the start point? Jun 20, 2018
Garry Baker
Montrose, CO
Garry Baker   Montrose, CO
Zach, get in touch with Western Slope Rides, gowsr.com/. Andy should be able to help out. Jun 21, 2018
I think this route is deserving of two different ratings. Starting from the top at Forest Fence Trail it is underwhelming and then it does become fast and loose through a lot of double track/moto/ATV trails. Personally I did not find this first several miles very fun, including the deep and steep sand trap dropping you down on the Spring Creek Trail. Perhaps some folks like this kind of riding but it didn't do much for me. From that point out on Lower Spring Creek it is exceptional. Techie in enough areas but flows very well. The HAB towards the end is nothing big honestly and should not keep anyone from finishing on this route even though there is a bypass out to the forest road. Just take your time and enjoy the push to the top; really it's not that bad. Once at the top it flows super fast, just watch for folks coming the other way. Jun 24, 2018

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