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Treasure Mountain Trail #565

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A remote and solitary high country trail in the South San Juans off Wolf Creek Pass with a big descent.


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8.6

Miles

13.9

KM

Singletrack

11,695' 3,565 m

High

8,186' 2,495 m

Low

153' 47 m

Up

3,662' 1,116 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

40%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

While it's possible to access this trail from the CDT at the top of the ski area, the trail here is almost nonexistent. GPS or the MTB Project mobile app are 100% necessary to navigate this section. Trail has been reworked and very apparent now.

Description

Many street cars will be able to reach the lower trailhead off E. Fork Road. There are some rocky arroyo crossings beyond about 37.402, -106.82 that will stop low clearance cars and RVs. Look for parking or camping spots and ride on up the road to the trailhead.

Treasure Mountain is a hidden gem east of Pagosa Springs. From the lower trailhead, the trail climbs on moderate grades through scenic aspens and firs. Eventually, the trail intersects Windy Pass Trail.

If you plan to do this trail as a shuttle, from the top of Wolf Creek Pass. You'll ride the CDT to the top of the ski area and look for a USFS sign posted on a tree. The drop in has been reworked and easy to find.

When you reach Wolf Creek Road USFS #725, head left for about a mile with a little climb to the epic singletrack downhill section of the trail. Drop down the steep sidehill through the burn area.

After some great views and narrow sidehill, you'll come to another steep moonscape section. After a few creek crossings and real mountain downhill riding, you'll arrive to a big, open meadow that is the Windy Pass Trail intersection. The rest of the trail has more flow and speed as it sweeps through aspen groves and meadows. Once you arrive at a cattle gate, the ride shreds down a sidehill through oakbrush and open slopes until you reach the bottom.

The ride can be done as an out-and-back from the East Fork with many hike-a-bike sections after the Windy Pass Trail intersection.

It's better done as a shuttle from the CDT at the top of Wolf Creek Pass or riding up Wolf Creek Road USFS #725 to avoid the top steep section. Most people leave a car at the large parking area at the start of the East Fork Road #667.

This new section of Treasure Mountain Trail #565 was built in 2019 by the FS trail crew to replace the nonexistent trail that used to connect the CDT to the rest of Treasure Mountain Trail #565. Fast and flowing with berms and one semi technical rock garden this section rewards you for your labor climbing up the CDT. Not recommended for climbing up from Wolf Creek road to the CDT.

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Shared By:

scout Richardson with improvements by San Juanderer and 1 other

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  4.7 from 13 votes

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Photos

Meadow area on Treasure Mountain Trail
Oct 12, 2014 near Pagosa…, CO
Climbing out of the East Fork valley
Oct 12, 2014 near Pagosa…, CO
Cruising through the aspens
Oct 12, 2014 near Pagosa…, CO
Treasure Trail/CDT Junction
Jun 23, 2020 near Pagosa…, CO
Typical tread of pine needles
Oct 12, 2014 near Pagosa…, CO
This carin and the USFS sign on the tree mark the nonexistant start to Treasure Mountain Trail.
Jul 5, 2017 near Pagosa…, CO

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Jul 18, 2021
DebColorado McLain
Started at top of Wolf Creek Road after leaving a car at the pkg lot at the beginning of East Fork Rd, as recommended. Super fun!! 13.6mi — 2h 00m
Oct 10, 2020
Ed D
Drove up Wolf Creek Road, then out East Fork Road at the end. Great ride. Clearly marked 13.6mi — 1h 32m
Jun 26, 2020
Andrea Helmig
Everything was well marked and easy to follow. There is a sign for the trail now at the upper junction with the CDT. Trail could use more traffic e… 8.1mi
Sep 15, 2018
Morgan Olsson
Aug 27, 2018
Cornell DeWitt
Aug 5, 2018
Katie Purdy
Aug 5, 2018
Rich Purdy
Oct 10, 2017
Colleen Goski