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Limekiln Tour

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 4.1 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A complete tour of Limekiln Peak trails utilizing the faster return leg of the Speedway to 5127.


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6.7

Miles

10.8

KM

75%

Singletrack

8,310' 2,533 m

High

7,969' 2,429 m

Low

520' 158 m

Up

521' 159 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

The total package. Intense, punchy climbs, loamy singletrack, rock gardens, amazing views, fast and winding descents.

Need to Know

No water or restroom access. No motorized vehicles or e-bikes. Rattlesnake and other wildlife habitat.

Description

The initial climb, from the parking lot to the Limekiln Loop split, is the most difficult part of the ride. Steep dirt road to chunky ATV trail until you reach the first singletrack. The climb is still rather steep in places but the terrain is mostly manageable. Prepare to dismount soon before the second switchback unless you can confidently navigate the boulder staircase.

The singletrack becomes relatively easy at this point. Fresh loam and rock gardens make up the majority of the rest of the trail. At the first split, stay right to take the Limekiln Loop counter-clockwise (preferred direction). More of the same terrain with abundant rock staircases, both up and down. You'll reach the second split soon. You can opt for the Limekiln Ridge to the right or continue forward to complete the Limekiln Loop.

The trail becomes a bit more rocky as you approach the southern portion of the mountain but loosens up as you wind around the eastern side. There are two options to bail out, the ATV shooting straight down to the trailhead, or the original split that will send you back down the way you came up. Otherwise, the Limekiln Ridge awaits.

After turning off of the Limekiln Loop, you'll drop down a heavily rocky section before hitting smooth singletrack. The trail climbs gradually on mostly smooth singletrack with occasional rock gardens. Two short, chunky hills can be a bit of a challenge.

You'll pass through an opening in the fence, heading toward the edge of the ridge. Large but manageable rocks make up a considerable portion of the trail along the ledge. You are rewarded with nice views of the area and the San Juans in the background. The trail smooths out as it meanders along the ridge, sweeping back and forth until you reach the next split.

From the split, take the righthand trail. The descent starts almost immediately after. Narrow, loamy singletrack with brief sections of rock gardens. Soon after, the trail swings to the other direction, two slightly deep gulches give you an opportunity for some airtime. A little further down, a third, deeper gulch will launch you straight up if you hit it fast enough. The trail soon changes to old ATV track modified to singletrack, switching back and forth between the two sides as you continue to zoom downhill.

Stay right once the trail meets BLM Road 5127 to return to the main trailhead at the base of Limekiln. The dirt road is easy enough but has two very steep sections before reaching the ridge with the trailhead. The effort will pay off on the other side as you descend to the parking lot.

History & Background

The Limekiln trail system exists along a portion of the Old Spanish Trail.

Contacts

Shared By:

Joshua W

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 7 votes

#2083

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  4.1 from 7 votes
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Photos

Looking down the valley
Oct 8, 2018 near Del Norte, CO
Looking down from Limekiln Ridge into the valley and road 5119. Lip Pup to the right. Dog mountain in the background.
Oct 9, 2018 near Del Norte, CO
Looking south from Limekiln Ridge
Oct 9, 2018 near Del Norte, CO
Looking NW from loop
Sep 18, 2020 near Del Norte, CO
Looking into the valley for Limekiln Speedway from the Ridge.
Oct 8, 2018 near Del Norte, CO
View SE trail section
Sep 18, 2020 near Del Norte, CO

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Apr 11, 2021
Danielle DeForest
I like to start at monuments, ride up road and follow BLM5119 to the end. Do the entire loop (c-c'wise) and descend Pura Vida (S'way) stretch it out. — 1h 30m
Sep 7, 2020
Kendall Beggs
Fun trail, pretty easy, the descent is awesome! 6.7mi — 0h 38m
Jun 7, 2019
Steve Robitzsch
May 5, 2019
Laura Conchelos