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Crossroads Trails: Hotchkiss Colorado Recreation Center and Highschool

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These trails have a combination of smooth flowing singletrack that range from green to black with built in features.


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7.7

Miles

12.5

KM

75%

Singletrack

5,563' 1,696 m

High

5,435' 1,657 m

Low

501' 153 m

Up

499' 152 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Family Friendly There are a few short green and blue loops for smaller kids to learn on on the east side of the parking lot as well as a pump track located across from the Nature Connection Building.

The connector trail that parallels the baseball fields has been closed temporarily (as of July 2019) until they are completed.

Overview

The Crossroads Trail System in Hotchkiss began being constructed in the Fall of 2017 and are the first legal non-motorized trails in Delta County. The trails exist on either side of the large parking lot that connects The High School, Recreation Center, and small sections of BLM properties. The master trail plan is still being completed and construction continues through a combination of local volunteer efforts and grants through the Nature Connection.

Need to Know

The trails are still under construction with another two to three miles to be completed on the west side. These trails are not rideable when wet.

Description

There are two trailheads at either end of the large parking lot found behind the Hotchkiss pool; one next to the pump track and the other is found at the northeast corner of the lot. Park at the east end of this large parking lot. You can start your ride at either trailhead.

The trails on the Recreation Center side consist of a series of loops and are densely packed. Most of the trails are multi directional except for the black diamond down hill only trail, "Downspout", which is located on the south side of the large hill just east of the parking lot. This can be accessed by the multi directional switchback trail "Upsie Daisy" on the west side of the same hill. There is also another multi directional route being constructed on the Far East side "Centipede". Many of the trails have features such as wall rides, table tops, berms, and skinnies to keep things interesting. I usually ride a figure 8 on the north side of the trail system and reconnect to these trails after riding up and over to descend downspout. There are a lot of fun options to be explored.

The west side trails on the high school property currently has an out and back that connects to a loop at the property's west end. The trailhead is next to the pump track. Follow the trail along the bank beside the track fields to the back corner of the property and continue behind the "soil dump". The trail climbs and descends in and out of the ravines for 1.5 miles until it connects with a short multi directional low grade climbing trail. Take a left here (south) and climb to the the "berm" trail. You'll top out at a doubletrack and the fenced in corner of the southwest end of the high school property. Follow the singletrack trail to the right and enjoy some tight packed berm trail (1 mile) that descends and ascends through a series of ravines. Take a right climbs short distance back up to the connector trail (on left) and ride out the way you came.

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Thaddeus Smith

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