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Rough climbs, amazing singletrack, and solitude just outside the Front Range.


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6.8

Miles

10.9

KM

100%

Singletrack

10,085' 3,074 m

High

8,388' 2,557 m

Low

1,719' 524 m

Up

840' 256 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Please note that E-bikes are not allowed on any non-motorized trails situated on National Forest System Lands. E-bikes are only allowed on motorized routes as displayed on the local motor vehicle use map; found here:
fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/maps…
fs.usda.gov/detail/psicc/ma…

Overview

A very stout climb up Cub Creek Trail #40 rewards you with singletrack nirvana descending North Elk Creek Trail #764, and after a return climb, it's a chunky, nasty, rocky, rooty descent for three straight miles back to the car.

Easy options to connect to the Staunton State Park trails such as Marmot Passage Trail, West Meadow Trail, or Bear Paw Trail to make it a huge day.

Need to Know

Please note that E-bikes are not allowed on any non-motorized trails situated on National Forest System Lands.
E-bikes are only allowed on motorized routes as displayed on the local motor vehicle use map; found here:
fs.usda.gov/detail/psicc/ma…

Description

This route starts at the Cub Creek trailhead about 15 minutes outside Evergreen. Climb Cub Creek Trail for about four miles - it's tough, rocky, rooty, and loose in spots with very little letup.

Eventually, you'll come to an intersection at the top with a trail that heads off to Mt. Evans Wilderness - no bikes allowed this way, so stay left at the fork onto North Elk Creek. North Elk Creek Trail #764 is an absolute ripper of a descent - fun, fast, flowy, with alt lines along the way to check out. It'll eventually dump you onto Shadow Mountain Forest Road #103, which is a great turnaround point, otherwise continue on to Staunton and make a huge day of it.

Climb back up North Elk Creek (which is way better climb-wise than coming up Cub Creek Trail) until you reach the intersection again, then hang right on Cub Creek Trail. It's rocky, rooty, and fast with only a few flatter, mellower sections - hold on and enjoy the three-mile plus rip back to the car.

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Shared By:

Rob Kelly with improvements by s platte

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Photos

Maxwell Falls Trail
Sep 4, 2021 near Evergreen, CO
Full review of Cub Creek, near Evergreen.
Sep 3, 2019 near Evergreen, CO
Downhill Mountain Biking at Cub Creek (and Crash)
Oct 23, 2021 near Evergreen, CO
Scenic view near private land. Please stay on the trail here.
Oct 1, 2018 near Evergreen, CO
The moose is loose on Cub Creek Trail.
Sep 3, 2020 near Evergreen, CO
Nice fall colors at Cub Creek.
May 22, 2023 near Evergreen, CO

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