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The Big Cheese

Intermediate
 4.1 (25)

A model climbing trail with, with several great descending options as your reward.


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Map Key

3.0

Miles

4.8

KM

Singletrack

7,570' 2,307 m

High

7,117' 2,169 m

Low

456' 139 m

Up

25' 8 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Family Friendly This is a great trail for kids with mellow climbing and awesome views.

Description

The first mile and a half of this well-marked and well-built trail ascends at a reasonable pace with predictables switchbacked turns. Just after the intersection with Speedy Gonzales, there's a short but punchy climb before the trail soon levels out. Once at the relatively flat section, you can shift up into your higher gears to keep your heart rate up until you reach the Four Corners intersection with Ratical, Rattus Maximus, and Rat Trap.

If you choose to descend to the West, Rat Trap is the more aggressive descent, but all of the options are fun.

Contacts

Shared By:

Raúl Gross with improvements by Cindy D

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 25 votes

#757

Overall
  4.1 from 25 votes
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Trail Rankings

#186

in Colorado

#757

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Photos

A speedy jump on the Speedy Gonzales Trail.
Feb 14, 2016 near Ouray, CO
Incredible views at the RAT
May 24, 2018 near Ridgway, CO
I want to move to Ridgeway.
Nov 1, 2018 near Ridgway, CO
Ridgway and Sneffles to the south
Aug 22, 2013 near Ouray, CO

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Sep 12, 2020
D R
Nov 3, 2019
Linda Stearns
Trails are really muddy and in rideable.
Oct 27, 2019
Tim McCabe
Sep 1, 2019
Seth Hooker
Went with mom and dad
Aug 31, 2019
Thomas Pyke
Jul 20, 2019
Seth Hooker
Rode with the Rockies and Gisella, Holley
Jul 5, 2019
Alexis Hitzeroth
Jun 18, 2019
Joshua Begin
10.5mi — 9h 00m