47 Trail (403)
ElevationAscent: 837' 255 m
Descent: -1,294' -394 m
High: 9,548' 2,910 m
Low: 8,518' 2,596 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“This ride initially follows a two-track, then heads out on a deep woods singletrack.”— Bill Harris
Pass under Spruce Mountain (elevation 9,731 feet) at about 4 miles in, then begin to descend. While descending, pass through two cattle gates which may or not be closed. Please leave gates as found, if pulled over against the fence. The two-track varies between loose sand, mud, and/or rocky pitches.
At about 5 miles in, be on the lookout for a metal building in a small clearing. Stop at this point and look to the left. A small cabin sits on the uphill side of the clearing. The 47 Trail singletrack (403) starts at the edge of the clearing to the left of the metal building. This trail may or not be signed, but it is obvious.
Once on the singletrack, the route generally climbs, passing through a gate. Within 0.5 miles, the route descends through beautiful aspen groves. Be on the lookout for wildflowers, and in the fall, great seasonal colors. The route then enters an obvious clearing. Ride into the center of the clearing where an obvious trail goes uphill. There may be a directional sign at this point - sometimes the cows knock it down.
Continue on the obvious trail in a northerly direction. The route follows a narrow trail along a contour above the North Fork of Tabeguache Creek. Route-finding in this area may be difficult due to deadfall, dense trail-side vegetation, and rugged terrain. A hint is to look for notches cut in the deadfall that crossed the trail.
At about 2+ miles in on the singletrack, the trail becomes more distinct and starts a steady climb to the Divide Road. At about mile 3, the trail crosses the creek, climbs a hill to the left, then follows what remains of an old logging road. Local trail advocates have done some work on this section to make it rideable.
At mile 4, begin to climb on the old logging road. The old road has significantly naturalized to the point that it doesn't seem like a road. The singletrack finishes off with an easy pedal to the Divide Road (402). Take a left and ride to the start of the route at Windy Point. The riding is challenging -- hike-a-bike sections for most mere mortals.
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Local Club: West End Trails Alliance (WETA)
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