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Dinkle Link

Intermediate
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Connects the Divide parking lot to Next Jen with big Mount Sopris views for most of its length.


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Map Key

1.3

Miles

2.0

KM

Singletrack

8,244' 2,513 m

High

8,090' 2,466 m

Low

163' 50 m

Up

47' 14 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Allowed

Family Friendly This is an easier blue trail that can be ridden as a short out-and-back, or the start of a mostly downhill shuttle ride.

Winter seasonal closure from December 1 through April 15.

Description

Named for its utility in connecting the Prince Creek trail network towards Dinkle Lake and the Hay Park trail, this trail connects Next Jen to the Divide Parking Lot Trailhead located at the top of Prince Creek Rd. and West Sopris Creek Rd. The trail continues to the southwest of this parking lot trailhead to connect more directly to Dinkle Lake Rd.

The trail is mostly an easy climb when connecting towards Next Jen from the Divide parking area. You'll encounter sage fields, oak tree groves, and some shale bluffs along the way. The best feature of this trail might be the prominent views of Mount Sopris.

Some riders might arrange a shuttle from this relatively high location, heading up the trail to Next Jen, then descending towards Creek Side or climbing more to enjoy a descent of Skull Bucket Trail before continuing to Skill Saw (Lower Creek Side) and Monte Carlo and the lower Prince Creek area trails.

If you're looking for a big climb while limiting time on roads, start down on Prince Creek Trail, continue up Monte Carlo, Skill Saw (Lower Creek Side) Creek Side, and Next Jen, use this trail to connect to Dinkle Lake Rd. and continue to a high point at the big view meadows of Hay Park trail before retracing your route back down.

Contacts

Shared By:

Mike Pritchard with improvements by Kristen Arendt and 1 other

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  4.0 from 4 votes

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Ride over cattle guard at fence line near parking area on Dinkle Link.  View of Mount Sopris and Hay Park area beyond.
Aug 24, 2018 near El Jebel, CO
Start of Dinkle Link trail at intersection with Next Jen, Mount Sopris views abound when heading in this direction.
Aug 24, 2018 near El Jebel, CO

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Sep 18, 2018
Stephanie Striefel
very lovely ride, great views and neat routing 1.3mi