Roller Coaster Trail
ElevationAscent: 160' 49 m
Descent: -257' -78 m
High: 3,901' 1,189 m
Low: 3,671' 1,119 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“A flowy ATV trail with some steep ups and downs.”— Scott Kahre
The trail is best accessed by riding the local fire roads (BLM Road 6981) to the summit between Easley Creek and Scriver Creek. Parking can be found at Terrace Lakes Resort, or possibly at the cul-de-sac accessed by heading up Dry Creek Rd. from Middlefork Rd., and staying left at the fork onto Silverado Trail. From either parking area, it's several miles of fire road climbing to reach the summit where this trail starts.
At the summit, several roads converge -- take the hard right onto the Roller Coaster Trail. The trail starts out as a fire road following the ridgeline, mostly climbing. However, several short downhills break up the hard work and things start to get more fun. Soon, it deteriorates into an ATV trail, and one final, steep climb puts you on the high point of the entire route. There are some really nice tree-filtered views of Garden Valley from this point.
Now the fun really starts. From the high-point, the trail heads south along the ridge, with a series of steep downhills followed by shorter climbs. If you maintain momentum, very little pedaling is necessary. But this can be tricky due to some very loose, rutted sections of trail.
After nearly a mile, the trail levels out for a short section of smooth, mellow path winding through the pines just before it drops you back onto a fire road. Beware that the last drop is VERY steep, but only less than 100 yds long.
A left turn goes back toward Dry Creek and Middlefork Rd., while a right turn heads back toward Easley Creek and Terrace Lakes.
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