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Little Browns Creek Trail #1430

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Trail

4.7 mile 7.5 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 31' 9 m
Descent: -3,155' -962 m
High: 12,814' 3,906 m
Low: 9,690' 2,954 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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Trail shared by Matt Giaraffa

A long, steep descent that drops 3000' all in one shot. Keep going on the CT as it drops 4000'.

Matt Giaraffa

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Description

This is recommended as a downhill-only route, with the recommended climb of either Upper Browns Creek Trail #1429 or Forest Road #277, depending on where you want to start/end. FS 277 can be driven to the top in a high clearance 4x4 vehicle if you really don't want to climb it yourself.

The only difficult navigation point is the very beginning, as the singletrack is very faint at the top, adjacent to FS278B (listed here as Mt. White 4x4 Road). Look at the map/MTB Project mobile app, get as close as you can, and bushwack over to the singletrack. Hopefully, we can get the trail more clearly marked in the future to reduce wandering around on alpine tundra looking for the singletrack.

It's located next to the creek itself, just south of said creek. At the top is a marshy headwaters area; look just below that for the singletrack. Ride along FS278B (Mt. White 4x4 Road) until you see it, then cut over.

Once on the trail, it's quite difficult above tree line due to many granite boulders to thread the needle around, or try to ride over, along with some pretty steep bits. Once below tree line, the trail is a little wider, with fewer pedal and derailleur gobbling boulders, and the speed increases.

From there, it's mostly a long, steep descent where your brakes will be getting hot, with several short punchy climbs.

The end of this trail segment is where Little Browns joins the CT - Segment 14: Highway 50 to Chalk Creek TH. This is where the trail gets faster yet, and even better. If you stay on Little Browns/CO Trail at this point, you get about 900' of extra descending that is awesome, then a steep climb up a ridge, followed by a steep descent down to CR162 Chalk Creek Dr.

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Jul 28, 2018
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There are many optional natural rock features on Little Brown's Creek.
Aug 6, 2017 near Alpine , CO
Finding the beginning of the Little Brown's Singletrack can be tough. This is what you're looking for.
Aug 6, 2017 near Alpine , CO
It's chunky above tree line.
Aug 6, 2017 near Alpine , CO

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