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This old wagon road makes for a great route to access CR304 & numerous trail options.

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Map Key

0.8

Miles

1.3

KM

Singletrack

8,233' 2,509 m

High

7,926' 2,416 m

Low

308' 94 m

Up

1' 0 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

13%

Max Grade (8°)

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E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Need to Know

Plenty of parking & restrooms available at BV River Park. All necessities can be found in town.

Description

Buena Vista is a great destination for mountain biking, and the trails just northeast of town stay dry and rideable practically year-round. It's hard to find a destination in Colorado that is more scenic!

Whipple Main Route provides one of the mellowest options to CR304. While the trail steadily climbs & features a few rocky sections, it's one of the best options for anyone on a gravel bike (South Trail is another good, albeit steeper gravel grinder option).

From the gravel lot at River Park, cross the pedestrian bridge onto Bridge to Bridge Trail, and pedal south along the river, passing a steep predominantly hiking trail almost immediately on the left. Continue along the river. You'll begin to climb a bit & will reach a 3-way junction. Head left towards North & Whipple Trails.

After another brief climb, you'll reach the North Trail (6030), Whipple Trail junction. Head right & continue climbing. Follow the old mining road as it continues to climb. Although it isn't the rockiest or most technical climb, one hopes it was smoother in the late 1800s when the Colorado Midland Railroad was running. Top out on CR304, take in the views, & choose where to next. It's a well-signed trail system, so picking your route is pretty easy to do on the fly.

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D L with improvements by Jeff Welch

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Crossing the Arkansas looking south
Jul 16, 2013 near Buena V…, CO

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