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Miller Fork Trail #997

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 3.3 (4)

A gorgeous trail that will make you work for the views!


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3.9

Miles

6.3

KM

Singletrack

9,028' 2,752 m

High

7,421' 2,262 m

Low

1,631' 497 m

Up

24' 7 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Bulwark Ridge Road and the beginning part of the Miller Fork Trail are private property. Use of the road and trail by non- residents is forbidden. The only legal access is riding up the end of Dunraven Glade Road past the gate to the Bulwark Ridge Trail and then down the Indian Trail to where it meets the Miller Fork Trail.

Description

Sure, lots of trails in Colorado are beautiful, but this one actually took my breath away. Now, maybe it happened while I was laboring up the uphill climb, but regardless, this is a very pretty trail. It follows alongside the creek for its duration and passes through lush, beautiful forest. There are cool rock cliffs and outcroppings along the way as well.

As for the actual riding, it's not too shabby either. It's mostly easy riding and then suddenly there will be a hard technical move you have to make to get over a rock or a root. Then it's back to awesome cruising through the trees. The trail crosses back and forth over the creek many times. Almost all of these creek crossings have "bridges." In some cases, they actually are pretty cool little ladder bridges that you can ride on. In other cases, they are merely logs laid next to each other across the creek. I know some of you are awesome enough to ride those logs (I'm not).

Along the way, the trail intersects with the Donner Pass Trail #926 - Glen Haven Segment and the Donner Cutoff Trail #926-1. After the latter, this trail gets pretty darn tough to follow. It looks as if very few people follow the trail out that far. Depending on the time of year you may simply be bushwhacking to continue following it very far.

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Shared By:

Jared Crockett with improvements by Dharma Bum

Trail Ratings

  3.3 from 4 votes

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  3.3 from 4 votes
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#1,880

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#20,148

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Before I walked my bike across the bridge.  Might try riding it next time
Sep 27, 2019 near Estes Park, CO
Starts to get dark a bit earlier on this trail... at least this time of year. Plan accordingly!
Sep 27, 2019 near Estes Park, CO
Don't you just want to ride that?!
Jul 14, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
I'm told there's a trail around here someplace...
Jul 14, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
After this intersection, the Miller Fork Trail becomes obscure.
Jul 14, 2017 near Estes Park, CO

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