This section of the Tabeguache Trail
exemplifies the rugged and wild nature of the Uncompahgre Plateau as it follows an old stock driveway that was used to herd cattle to market. Over the course of the segment, riders end up crossing 15 drainages. The route is a combination of 2-track, ATV and singletrack trails.
This section is notorious for its technical riding challenges - white-knuckle descents and steep climbs. Two of the most technical sections occur when crossing Criswell, Monitor and Potter Canyons. There may be some hike-a-bike sections during these areas. Route-finding is also a challenge due to a maze of old roads, logging ways and trail sign vandalism.
The wild, backcountry nature of this ride makes all the challenges worthwhile if riders are prepared for the rugged conditions. The incredible variety of flora will reward those who complete the whole section. You'll ride through aspen groves, pass through fields of sage, and will witness most of the species that inhabit the riparian environment. Many riders set on doing the whole Tabeguache Trail
non-stop have been foiled in their attempt by the challenges of this section.
The Roubideau Trail's western terminus is 25 Mesa Road with the last 2+ miles on singletrack to circumvent private land. Be prepared to encounter turkey, deer and elk, maybe even a black bear or mountain lion. It's advisable to carry bear repellant spray. Water is available, but must be filtered. Finally, this is cattle country, so don't harass the livestock.
A mile-by-mile log of this section as well as the entire Tabeguache Trail
can be found on the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office web site.