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South Park, Red Cone, Burning Bear Loop

 4 votes

31.4 Miles 50.5 Kilometers


50%

Singletrack

6,136' 1,870 m

Ascent

-6,148' -1,874 m

Descent

12,214' 3,723 m

High

9,589' 2,923 m

Low

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

All Clear

88 days agoUpdate

An epic backcountry adventure ride.

Zach Allen

Overview

This is a proper adventure ride. If you want to feel 'out there' and don't mind doing some hike-a-bike and 6000 plus feet of climbing, this is a spectacular backcountry adventure.

Description

From Georgetown, drive up and over Guanella Pass, then down the back side. Park at the parking area on the left at Burning Bear campground.

Ride the pavement back up to the Guanella Pass summit area. Take a left near the pit toilet and ride the South Park Trail #600. The first couple of miles are very popular with hikers. Take a left when the spur trail to a lake splits off. Here, the trail takes on a much different character.

Follow cairns over the tundra, eventually dropping into the forest. This descent can have many downed trees. I stopped to cut 6-8 downed trees but there will be many more. Bring a pack saw if you have one!

About halfway through South Park Trail #600, you'll cross a dirt road and then encounter a maze of horse trails. Stay generally high and right. You'll encounter a lot of hike-a-bike on this section and the trail is very faint and almost overgrown at times. Look for cairns.

Eventually the line of cairns will intersect the Red Cone Jeep Road. Head left on this.

For a jeep road, this descent is incredibly fun. It starts off with high-speed descending through bermed turns, root drops, and rocks. Towards the bottom, it turns into one giant rock garden. If you choose a hard tail for this ride, you'll be regretting that choice right about now. Follow the fast, loose, chunky descent to the dirt road.

Turn left through the campground and watch for the Burning Bear Trail #601 on your left, across from a private driveway. It would be VERY easy to blow past this turn.

Climb Burning Bear Trail #601 over rocky terrain that gets steeper towards the top, but is mostly rideable. Finally, drop down the Burning Bear Trail #601 descent which is probably the best part of the ride. As the trail flattens out, head right through a cattle gate and back to your car.

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Jul 17, 2017
Ryan Ziccarelli
horrible. starts off fun but ends horribly. had to cut it short due to rain and nasty weather moving it. lots and lots of hike a bike! 15mi — 3h 45m
Sep 16, 2016
Steve Oliver
5h 33m
Jul 29, 2016
Eric Harbour
6h 00m

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Ryan Ziccarelli
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Ryan Ziccarelli   Denver, CO
this is a horrible ride, when I say ride, I mean hikin gwith your bike. After the first few miles the trial is very poorley marked. Which isnt the worst. I can handle that. But be warned, this is a hiking trail that people try to ride. For the record, I ride a lot. this was not fun. There are plenty other high elevation rides out there to hit. Dont waste your time on this one. Jul 17, 2017

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