Closed to all traffic: March 15 - May 15.
Additional closure dates:
Motorized use: January 1 - May 15
Bikes: January 1 - April 30th; no use prior to 10am May 1 - May 15
Foot and Horse: No use prior to 10am March 15 - May 15
When riders come to Gunnison, they usually only think of Hartman Rocks
or the trails in Crested Butte. Certainly, this ride is not a replacement for those areas, but it is fun to explore and may provide more solitude.
Throughout the majority of the ride, you have great views in all directions. None of the trails are technically difficult but offer a nice mix of singletrack, doubletrack, and flow trails. Chicken Wing
provide the best flow trails. There are plenty of options to ride other various loops in this area.
Plenty of parking at the start. No restrooms or water at the start.
Climb up the doubletrack Ridgeline Trail
over somewhat loose rock/soil with easy to moderate inclines, passing by the Rasta
Trail first, then passing Chicken Wing
. Both trails are on the right. Take Shoelace
for a winding climb on singletrack that tops out at a saddle. Continue left onto Northwoods Trail
as there is a mix of ups and downs with some short steep sections. There's a mix of open singletrack in the sage and singletrack in the pines.
Climb to the top of Northwoods Trail
and hit the high point with great views in all directions. Take the short doubletrack left and turn right on Powerline Road #3108
for a short downhill stretch until you see a road heading back north through a gate in the fence. Take this north until you see an old white piece of metal on the left with faint singletrack. This is the start of Music Rocks
, which is a winding trail, often over loose shale, and tight singletrack with some faster flow sections. This meets the South Rim
Trail which takes you back to the Ridgeline Trail
with a short but stiff climb at the end.
Take a left on Ridgeline Trail
and climb the doubletrack to reach Signal Peak. Continue to the saddle with the junction of Northwoods Trail
, and take either Ridgeline Trail
to get back to the start pf Chicken Wing
. Chicken Wing
is fast and sometime loose singletrack down to the Contour Trail
. Take a right on Old Car
singletrack back up to Ridgeline Trail
, and climb back to Rasta
down is fast flow track through the sage brush back to the Contour Trail
. Head right to get back to the trailhead via the shortest route. Head left to link up with the winding Contour Connector
and the lower Cemetery Trail
which is a smooth dirt road without any interesting riding, but is a gentle grade, and has some nice views, back to trailhead.