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Tie Hack Trail #659

Intermediate
 4.4 (7)

This fun, flowy trail starts on Thompson Park Road and ends 2.5 miles later at the trailhead on County Road 18.


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4.6

Miles

7.4

KM

Singletrack

10,749' 3,276 m

High

10,031' 3,057 m

Low

785' 239 m

Up

425' 129 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

The parking lot for the trailhead is 3.3 miles from the junction of Hwy 285 and CR18. The road turns to washboarded dirt after about a mile, but should be accessible to most vehicles.

Need to Know

This is a lollipop that can be ridden in either direction, but is most fun clockwise. Motorized bikes are not allowed on this trail.

Description

This is a fun little 5.2 mile lollipop just outside of Fairplay with a suprisingly good flow section.

From the parking lot, climb about 0.8 miles to the start of the loop. The loop can be ridden in either direction, but turn left to maximize the fun potential. There's some more climbing for approx 1.6 miles through lodgepole pine and aspen groves with views of Sheep Mtn. The trail will eventually intersect forest road FR182B. Turn right here and follow the road downhill for 0.3 miles until it intersects FR318.

Look for the trail on the right that goes back into the trees. Strap your smile on and get ready to stay off the brakes with minimal pedaling for the next 1.5 miles. This section is fast, flowy and with the right kind of soil to really let the bike grip and turn. There's a couple of tight trees, but nothing you can't see ahead of time.

At the end of this section, high five your friends or dog and climb 0.5 miles back to the beginning of the loop. Do it all again, do it backwards or take the 0.8 mile downhill back to the parking lot that is fast and rowdy with rocks and roots and a different kind of fun from the flow section.

Contacts

Shared By:

Patrick Csongei with improvements by Raima General and 1 other

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  4.4 from 7 votes

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#560

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#6,029

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Photos

Viewpoint of Sheep Mtn
Jul 6, 2020 near Fairplay, CO
Climbing the loop clockwise
Jul 6, 2020 near Fairplay, CO
Beginning of FSR 659 heading downhill
Sep 9, 2018 near Fairplay, CO

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Jun 4, 2021
Elena Doyle
12.5mi — 1h 25m
Apr 19, 2021
Sabrina Humphreys
Walked the trail in early spring. Next time ride to the right up and descend singletrack 5.5mi
Jul 28, 2020
Cynde Brunner
Little bit of climbing for coming from sea level. Not very technical, fun! 5.7mi
Jun 27, 2020
Tim Bock
Sep 2, 2019
Tungsten Alcazar
Went clockwise, but missed the turn off to complete the loop -- so we went back to the fork and went ccw to complete it. 7.7mi — 1h 15m
Sep 1, 2019
Ken Cecil
Aug 7, 2019
Scott Pope
Climbed mile up and mile down with Ian 2mi
Jul 7, 2019
Me Person
off trail a bit :) 7.2mi — 1h 25m