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Crosier Traverse

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 5.0 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Now this is MOUNTAIN biking!


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8.1

Miles

13.1

KM

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Singletrack

8,746' 2,666 m

High

6,421' 1,957 m

Low

1,793' 546 m

Up

2,624' 800 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

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Overview

The eight mile distance of this point-to-point ride belies just how arduous your journey will be. It is a stiff and techy climb followed by an even techier descent (which, oh by the way, includes probably the toughest climb of this ride). But for true backcountry mountain biking adventure, it's tough to beat Crosier Mountain. It puts the mountain back into mountain biking!

Description

Figure out the logistics for yourself how you want to do this ride. You can set up a shuttle between the Garden Gate and Glen Haven trailheads, or you can park at Garden Gate and ride your bike up the road the 6 miles to Glen Haven (or only 4 miles to the Crosier Mountain Rainbow Trail #981 Gravel Pit trailhead).

Any way you choose to climb Crosier Mountain will be difficult, but probably the "easiest" way is through Glen Haven. Check out the description in the West Crosier featured ride for a good overview of what lies ahead on the climb.

Once to the junction with the Crosier Mountain Summit Trail (#931-1) you can choose either to head to the summit or begin your adventure down the east side of the mountain on the Crosier Mountain Garden Gate Trail (#931).

The Garden Gate Trail starts nice and flowy and pretty mellow along the top of the mountain. Before too long it dives steeply down the eastern slope where loose surfaces and chunky rocks await you. The descent down this trail is characterized by three distinct descents. Each descent is quite steep and includes large rocks to navigate around and over. The third is my particular favorite as it takes you down through thick pine forest and includes a couple fun rock rollovers. Each of these include some white knuckle moments where you really need to be on your toes in order to stay rubber-side down. The ability to quickly choose a good line will be beneficial to you here.

In between the first and second descents is a heinous climb, which for most will be a hike-a-bike. In between the second and third descents is a beautiful large meadow that features mellow grades and more flowy trail.

Overall, this is an ambitious trail to ride a bike down. Be prepared both mentally and physically, as it is a workout for both!

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Jared Crockett

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Singletrack relief from technical, rocky, fast, steep downhill.
Jul 2, 2019 near Estes Park, CO
Notch hole left turn into a steep rocky descent. Bone-chillingly fun!
Jul 2, 2019 near Estes Park, CO
Descending the steep gnar on Crosier
Jun 6, 2020 near Estes Park, CO
Glorious morning ride through Piper Meadows
Aug 19, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
The three-way intersection where H-G Ranch Trail meets the Crosier Glen Haven Trail.
Aug 30, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
The trail that departs where the sign points to the Gravel Pit TH is the Crosier Rainbow Trail.
Aug 30, 2016 near Estes Park, CO

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Jun 28, 2020
Travis Sturzl
Super chunky and loose. Pretty much the epitome of Front Range backcountry riding but turned up a few notches. 9mi — 3h 00m
Aug 6, 2019
Bryson Moran
Sep 23, 2018
Greg Gitke