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Lake Ridge Loop

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 3.5 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This creates a great loop in the Thompson Divide area with beautiful views and low car traffic.


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11.0

Miles

17.7

KM

35%

Singletrack

9,493' 2,893 m

High

7,272' 2,217 m

Low

2,265' 690 m

Up

2,289' 698 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

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Overview

This is a great loop through aspen groves to scenic lakes. The descent is through shrub oak with epic views of the Elk Mountains.

Description

This trail is in the greater Thompson Divide Area. Accessed from Carbondale by heading up Thompson Creek Road #305 then head left on (South) Thompson Creek Road #306. Park in the Willow Park area to start and finish your ride.

Ride up Thompson Creek Road #306 through aspens and oak brush. Eventually, the Lake Ridge Lakes Trail #2093 trail sneaks up on you after the one downhill switchback on this road.

Climb on Lake Ridge Lakes Trail #2093 past the lakes. Make sure to hike the short trail to the lakes. From the top of the trail, there is a side trail headed to the point of the Lake Ridge (very cool!) that has the best views in the area.

From here, cruise down the backside of Lake Ridge Lakes Trail #2093 to Thompson Creek Road #305. Then head left on the road back to Willow Park.

History & Background

This is a neglected classic!

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Shared By:

Tyler Vaughan

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 4 votes

#1

in Stony Ridge

#3096

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#1

in Stony Ridge

#402

in Colorado

#3,096

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Photos

Lake Ridge Lakes.
Jun 20, 2016 near Carbondale, CO
View of Mt. Sopris from the climb.
Jun 20, 2016 near Carbondale, CO
The beavers have made a mess of the western portion of this ride.  This is one of two water crossing in this area.
Jun 20, 2016 near Carbondale, CO
The climb may be tough, but the effort is totally worth it!
Mar 29, 2017 near Carbondale, CO
Blooming Aspen in all their gloryAspens in their glory along Thompson Creek Road.
Mar 29, 2017 near Carbondale, CO
Lake Ridge Lakes in the fall.
Mar 29, 2017 near Carbondale, CO

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