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Turkey Springs Lollipop

Intermediate
 4.0 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A lollipop-shaped loop which is fun in either direction, but more fun clockwise.


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7.6

Miles

12.2

KM

95%

Singletrack

8,118' 2,474 m

High

7,797' 2,376 m

Low

510' 156 m

Up

510' 156 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

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.

Need to Know

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).

Description

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) intersects it.

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!

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Dena Laterza

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Part of a winter groomed fat-biking loop, Park Ave. is not just your summer attraction.
Feb 7, 2016 near Pagosa…, CO
The intersection of Park Ave and Turkey Springs trail.
May 30, 2013 near Pagosa…, CO
Winter snow transforms this trail to a mecca of frozen streams and fields of snow pillows.
Feb 7, 2016 near Pagosa…, CO
Wildflowers abound along the flowing, smooth singletrack of Turkey Springs.
Sep 20, 2014 near Pagosa…, CO

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Sep 17, 2020
Jeremy Durling
7.6mi — 1h 10m
May 25, 2020
Jamie Paniwozik
Very pretty! I'd rate this a blue/green overall, the rocky areas could be a bit challenging for a new rider, but completely doable! 7.4mi — 1h 07m
Oct 10, 2019
Tom McKim
Jul 22, 2019
Cailee PS
5.2mi — 0h 45m
Jul 19, 2019
Legs Magillicutty