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A trail that clings to the high slopes of Uncompahgre Plateau with dramatic views of Unaweep Canyon.


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9.4

Miles

15.2

KM

Singletrack

8,985' 2,739 m

High

8,434' 2,571 m

Low

1,442' 440 m

Up

1,156' 352 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

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Description

From the intersection with Snowshoe Trail, this singletrack follows the contours of the slope affording fantastic views of the white-capped La Sal Mountains, the green Unaweep Valley and the dramatic red butte of the Palisade that towers over the resort town of Gateway. This trail offers plenty of solitude. At times the trail is lined with low bushes and at other times it passes through an aspen-pine forest. Keep an eye out for Dusky Grouse that are sometimes seen along the trail.

When the views shift to Unaweep Canyon, you may recall learning in geology class that Unaweep Canyon has a unique feature of two creeks that flow in opposite directions. There is even a sign along the highway marking the Unaweep Divide location where West and East Creek head their separate directions.

Rim Trail Road out to the trail is at times quite rough and requires a 4x4 high clearance vehicle with a skilled driver. But the beautiful views and solitude are worth the effort.

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Shared By:

Tom Robson

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There is nothing more calming than a journey in an aspen forest.
Aug 12, 2016 near Gateway, CO
Peeking into view on the left are the snow-capped La Sal Mountains of Utah.
Aug 12, 2016 near Gateway, CO

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