ElevationAscent: 2,445' 745 m
Descent: -4,439' -1,353 m
High: 9,635' 2,937 m
Low: 6,774' 2,065 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“A classic backcountry adventure route with stunning scenery and challenging terrain.”— Matt L
Expect multiple sections of hike-a-bike and several stream crossings. Don't expect too much flow, but you'll find plenty of tech sections. There's plenty of climbing along the way until the final miles become a pure descent, but the views will blow your mind and you'll pass the only nude beach in CO above 9000'. A Colorado classic for sure!
This ride can be done as a shuttle from the top of McClure Pass and ending at the Erickson Springs Campground along Kebler Pass Road (as shown). Or better yet, ride from Erickson Springs down the dirt road to the Kebler Pass turn off at the bottom of Paonia Resevoir for a shorter shuttle. For traditionalists looking for a much bigger ride, climb Highway 133 from Paonia Reservoir to make your day into a big loop.
While this trail certainly has its intermediate moments, the overall route rewards expert riders with its many technical sections in this remote environment. Riders should plan and pack properly for a much longer ride than the 17 miles would initially seem to imply.
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed
Local Club: Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association
Land Manager: White River National Forest - Maroon Bells