MTB Project Logo

The Up 'N' Over AKA Rock Bottom Ranch AKA Crown Cruise

 4.4 (5)

18.9 Miles 30.4 Kilometers


60%

Singletrack

1,445' 440 m

Ascent

-1,440' -439 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

7,395' 2,254 m

High

6,177' 1,883 m

Low

Shared By Matt L

Conditions


Unknown

Getting forecast...

A local's favorite loop that starts and ends on the Rio Grande Trail and offers up a taste of Prince Creek.

Matt L

Dogs No Dogs

Features -none-

Please be aware of seasonal closures on the Crown and Rio Grande Trail. Trail cameras are in use and violations are reported. Rio Grande - Rock Bottom Ranch to Catherine Store segment is seasonally closed Dec. 1–April 30. Glassier Open Space is seasonally closed from Dec. 1–May 15.

Overview

This is a satisfying loop ride with easy climbs, rolling singletrack, and a fun descent. The ride ends with a cruise along one of the more scenic sections of the Rio Grande Trail. There are limitless options for extending your ride once you get out to Prince Creek, but this featured ride shows the most direct route.

Need to Know

This ride can be started just about anywhere along the route, but is shown as starting from the Catherine's Store Trailhead along the Rio Grande Trail.

Description

From the trailhead, head west on the Rio Grande Trail about 3.0 miles into Carbondale before making a left on Snowmass Road. Take Snowmass Road about a mile before making a left on HWY 133. After about a mile on HWY 133 make a left on Prince Creek Road. Take Prince Creek Road for about a mile. The road will take a hard left with a big red barn on your right. In about 0.25 miles you'll pick up the Prince Creek Trail on the left.

Enjoy a rolling and gradual climb for about 1.4 miles. Pick up Monte Carlo and continue climbing, eventually getting to Christmas Tree where you'll make a left. Climb up Christmas Tree for about 0.5 miles before bearing left on North Porcupine.

A short climb along a fence line before making a left on your first taste of descending. North Porcupine is a fun traverse with punchy climbs and fast descents. Take this for about 2.5 miles where you get to a small meadow with a chicken coop/bee hive/cattle feeder looking thing.

Cross the meadow and pick up Outie where you'll roll your way up and down to the intersection of Buckhorn and Innie. Bear left on Buckhorn and enjoy the 3.0 mile descent back down to the valley floor and Rio Grande Trail. Hang a left and take the Rio Grande Trail back to your car in Carbondale.

Contacts

You & This Featured Ride


Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Ride

Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

Feb 11, 2018
Billy Bacon
Jul 28, 2017
Brooke Bosman

Stewarded By


Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 5 votes

#3

in Crown Trails

#1373

Overall
  4.4 from 5 votes
5 Star
40%
4 Star
60%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#3

in Crown Trails

#202

in Colorado

#1,373

Overall
136 Views Last Month
4,800 Since Aug 29, 2016
Intermediate Intermediate

0%
0%
75%
25%
0%
0%

0 Comments

MTB Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Mountain Bike

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter