South Bear Pen Gulch Trail (FR124.1A)
ElevationAscent: 25' 8 m
Descent: -884' -269 m
High: 9,207' 2,806 m
Low: 8,343' 2,543 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“An obscure, fun singletrack that drops into South Bear Pen Gulch.”— Bill Harris
At about 0.4 miles, the trail enters a clearing that was created by logging aspen trees. The trail is hard to follow at times due to dense growth and irregular use. The trail is marked with widely-spaced poles as it passes through the clearing.
At about 0.8 miles, the trail makes a hard left into a dense forest and continues to descend. At 1+ miles the trail crosses a creek. Hike-a-bike the creek, then angle right up a slope to connect with the singletrack. Ride through an open aspen grove until reaching a meadow that is transected with fences. Cross the creek and pass through a gate to reach the trail on the left bank of the creek.
At about 1.5 miles, the trail enters a spruce and fir forest passing by several wet areas. At mile 3, cross a creek just before encountering the Bear Pen Gulch ATV trail. A nice 13-mile loop can be done by taking a left on the ATV trail, riding until it reaches the Love Mesa Road (FR500). Take a left and ride until reaching the Divide Road. Left again to return to start.
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