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Forested trail leads to views off the Continental Divide above tree line.


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Map Key

22.8

Miles

36.6

KM

100%

Singletrack

12,183' 3,713 m

High

9,966' 3,038 m

Low

3,041' 927 m

Up

3,041' 927 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Features Views

Bikes can not be used to access the Wilderness Area at the turn-around point for this route.

Overview

Beautiful high country ride up to 12,000' in the alpine. The trail has some tough sections of riding but the views and payoff descent back to the car are well worth it.

Description

The route starts out above the Cumbres and Toltec train tracks, If timed correctly, you can watch the train pass by right below you. At mile three, you cross Wolf Creek right above a 30-foot waterfall. Mile six brings about the first views of the ridgeline and west off into the Chama Basin.

From this point until the turn-around point, the views don't disappoint with the ability to look off into both basins to the east and west. This trail tops out above 12,000 feet so the air is thin as you are near tree line the entire route.

After turning around, a long descent back to the car awaits you with half of it along the ridgeline. Start this ride early as afternoon storms in the summer can sneak up on you quick.

Contacts

Shared By:

Chama Trails Inn Motel

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Photos

Above the trail looking S at the CDT towards the village of Chama.
Oct 18, 2020 near Conejos, CO
Crossing the rock slide with a view to the west in Chama Basin.
Oct 18, 2020 near Conejos, CO
Along the ridge looking NW into Chama Basin.
Oct 18, 2020 near Conejos, CO
Waterfall below the trail between mile 3 - 3.5
Oct 18, 2020 near Conejos, CO

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