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Forest Road 91

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A scenic forest road through the middle of one of the Carson National Forest's most remote areas.


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9.2

Miles

14.8

KM

Doubletrack

9,784' 2,982 m

High

8,703' 2,653 m

Low

474' 145 m

Up

1,442' 439 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Allowed

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Need to Know

Several dozen dirt roads can be found in this area, providing some great opportunities to explore via bicycle. The potential for bikepacking and scenic distance rides in this area is limitless—everything from expansive views of the mountains to hidden streams and forested alcoves can be found. The area was heavily prospected around the turn of the 20th century, remnants from the mining days are scattered across the rolling hills hidden in the forest, and some interesting and unexplainable geologic features saturate the topography. Wildlife is abundant including elk, deer, and black bears, so this area is popular hunting ground during the fall. Campsites are established along many of the roads and it can get crowded during hunting season so be aware of that and prepare accordingly. The rest of the summer it's uncrowded and you may not see many people. During winter heavy snows cover these mountains and usually melt out by June.

Dogs are technically off-leash but not advised.

Description

One of many established forest roads in the area, Forest Road 91 starts at mile 4.6 along Forest Road 91B on the southeast side of Burned Mountain, at an open meadow with several dispersed campsites. Head south, cross the CDT: Hopewell Lake South (Section 29) and follow the road southeast as it traverses Hopewell Ridge, past Rinker Lake which is often dry these days. It may start to seem as if you've left civilization behind as the road meanders up, down and across the rolling forested hills to the head of Cleveland Gulch. Ride through another open meadow dropping into the gulch, down below the southwest flanks of Tusas Mountain, then back up a short climb before the route follows a gradually descending plateau for several miles to Forest Road 42, about a mile and a half east of Forest Road 91B. There's a lot of junctions with alternate roads, and although this is an active road it isn't heavily used most of the year, some sections especially between miles 3 and 6 may not be very worn in.

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J. Bella

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View looking south from trail.
Jun 14, 2019 near Tierra…, NM

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