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Glorious riding through old growth aspen forest.


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Map Key

6.9

Miles

11.0

KM

90%

Singletrack

9,123' 2,781 m

High

8,163' 2,488 m

Low

1,140' 347 m

Up

1,139' 347 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Overview

Park at Sunlight Mountain Ski Area. Ride around the horse stables on the Sunlight Stables Bypass to Old Four Mile Road. Get to the main Babbish Gulch trailhead and climb up the Williams Trail. Join the Upper Babbish Loop and climb that all the way to the Babbish headwall.

Turn around at the top and descend back to the junction with Babbish Gulch Trail. Turn on Babbish Gulch and climb up to another headwall as an out-and-back. Then finish the ride by heading down all for the Dipsy Doodle trails.

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Park at Sunlight Mountain Ski Area. Ride around the horse stables on the Sunlight Stables Bypass to Old Four Mile Road. This will take you up to the main Babbish Gulch trailhead, where you'll turn and climb up the Williams Trail. This is the smoothest climb up into Babbish.

The Williams Trail turns into the Babbish Gulch trail. Keep your eyes peeled for the Upper Babbish Loop on your right. While this trail is technically a loop on MTB Project, it really only rides well if you stay right in the trees. At the top of the Upper Babbish Loop, the trail keeps going on a closed trail through a meadow, eventually leading to the Beaver Creek Trail #2092.

Turn around at the top and descend back to the junction with Babbish Gulch Trail. Turn on Babbish Gulch trail and head up to a creek crossing, cross the creek, get around a big fallen tree, and immediately after that take a right onto the faint Babbish Gulch trail. Don't be scared; this trail gets better as you go up.

At the top of the Babbish Gulch trail, you can go left to the Ute Service Road or right to Upper Freeman Creek 2090.7W. Go right and climb up to a really nice high point in old aspen trees. Enjoy, because the climbing is finished.

Turn around here and retrace you route back to the top of Dipsy Doodle -- this trail rips! It's fast and flowy. Go down all of the Dipsy Doodles, upper, lower, and the extension. Then finish by riding back down the Ute Service Road - Old Four Mile Connector back to the car.

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Shared By:

Tyler Vaughan

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Williams Trail
Jul 11, 2019 near Carbondale, CO

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Jun 10, 2022
Amy Koch
May 25, 2020
Eric Harrill
Second arm there/back gulch was grown over so skipped it. 6.7mi
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