“Up and down, back and forth through sage meadows above the mid valley of the Roaring Fork.
— Mike Pritchard
With exception of the climbing effort required to access the trail, and a few steeper pitches, the trail should be welcoming to both new and younger riders.
Winter closure for bikes on this BLM route is Dec. 1 through April 15. Note that the connecting trail to the east, the Glassier OS Trail
, is closed for an additional month (May 15th). If spring conditions allow, you can explore this trail during late April or early May, plan accordingly, as you won't be able to enter the Glassier Open Space property.
Use this trail as a worthy connection between Buckhorn
and Glassier OS Trail
. The trail can be enjoyed in either direction, with steeps ups and downs on the northwest end, and berms and fun in-sloped rollers and jumps on the southeast end.
The terrain is mostly sage meadows, with dense scrub oak never too far away. Views of the Roaring Fork Valley, Basalt Mountain, and even the horizon towards the Flattops make for a classic Colorado scene.
This trail is perfect for a quick after work ride in either direction by creating a loop with the Rio Grande Trail
, and Glassier OS Trail
Note that the trail crosses a number of doubletrack roads which descend north to private property; best to stay on the trail at these intersections.
RFMBA designed this trail, worked with the BLM to achieve required approvals, and secured funding from Mid Valley Trails Committee of Eagle County and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails so that a combination of volunteers, Tony Boone Trails & the Tango Trailworks crew could turn the plan into reality.