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An epic ride with long climbs, amazing views along the Colorado Trail, and an insane downhill.


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Map Key

19.5

Miles

31.4

KM

75%

Singletrack

10,925' 3,330 m

High

8,448' 2,575 m

Low

3,120' 951 m

Up

3,120' 951 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

39%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Overview

This old school singletrack loop uses a great section of the Colorado Trail overlooking Hermosa Creek Trail and a long, aggressive downhill on the Salt Creek Trail #733.

Description

Park outside of Rico and pedal up the road for about one mile. Head up Scotch Creek - Forest Road 580 until you come upon the Colorado Trail. Turn right (south) and enjoy a cross country style segment with rolling ups and downs for many miles.

Just before the 14-mile mark, look for FS Road 564.B and Salt Creek Trail #733. This trail has a gentle beginning then gets progressively steeper until you kick out on to Highway 145, to head back to your car.

Contacts

Shared By:

Lyle Tucker

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 22 votes

#714

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  4.5 from 22 votes
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#172

in Colorado

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Photos

Ahhh, the Colorado Trail!
Aug 28, 2018 near Rico, CO
Dude, check out that view!
Aug 28, 2018 near Rico, CO
Along the Colorado Trail section
Jul 2, 2020 near Rico, CO
Looking down into Hermosa Creek
Aug 28, 2018 near Rico, CO
Corral Draw is clearly marked, which connects the Colorado Trail to Hermosa Creek Trail
Sep 18, 2016 near Rico, CO
Aspen grove along the Salt Creek downhill.
Aug 4, 2020 near Rico, CO
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Jul 16, 2023
Abe Proffitt
Oct 1, 2022
Colby Morrison
19mi
Aug 4, 2020
Tom Tracey
Scotch Creek is clear. CT has two trees across trail, but easy to get over. Salt Creek has one aspen tree across trail, easy to get over. — 0h 12m
Jun 18, 2020
Caitlin Mac
Jun 1, 2020
Stephanie Parham
Jul 20, 2019
Ryan Mickelson
Jul 5, 2019
Shannon Hatch
Aug 18, 2018
Chris Reap
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