ElevationAscent: 773' 236 m
Descent: -3,744' -1,141 m
High: 9,276' 2,827 m
Low: 6,183' 1,885 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“Ride the Uncompahgre Plateau from top to bottom, 3700 feet of descending bliss.”— Garry Baker
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!
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Dogs Allowed, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed
Land Manager: BLM Colorado - Uncompahgre Field Office