A short but sweet introduction to the Turkey Springs
trail system - especially if you are not used to the altitude. 7.5 miles may not sound like a lot, but visitors usually find it to be enough. Locals love this loop for a quick workout and for fat-biking in winter when there is enough snow to groom it (Jan, Feb).
This ride takes you up Brockover Mesa and winds through a ponderosa pine forest where you'll see wildflowers in June. You'll share the trail with wildlife such as mule deer, black bears, Albert's squirrels, and chipmunks. Cows graze in the area in summer and fall as well.
There is no restroom at the trailhead. All trails are two-way and are frequented by hikers and the occasional horseback rider. Snowy times of year attract cross-country skiers and snowshoers (although, the groomed fat-bike trail is marked and is off-limits to other traffic in winter).
With plenty of parking at the main Turkey Springs
trailhead and only six miles or so out of town, the Turkey Springs
trail system is a popular destination for hikers and bikers alike. The first half mile of the trail is shared with an ATV trail, but the beginning of Turkey Springs (301)
starts the singletrack. Once on Turkey Springs (301)
, this lollipop loop will have you sucking wind right off the bat as you climb a rocky hill to where Catamount (313)
Turning left on Catamount
, you'll be rewarded with a nice, flowy downhill section. At mile three, you'll turn right on Park Ave
and after crossing Newt Jack
Road, the trail winds through ponderosa pines. Enjoy the nice meadow with mountain views (at 4.3 mi) before turning right onto Turkey Springs (301)
. One last uphill grind will give you a terrific view of Chris Mountain.
After crossing a rideable cattle guard and Newt Jack
Road again, get ready for a fast, rocky, flowy downhill back to the parking lot!