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Impressive climb up the grand hogback formation to massive views of the mountains surrounding New Castle!


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3.6

Miles

5.8

KM

Singletrack

6,907' 2,105 m

High

5,571' 1,698 m

Low

1,360' 415 m

Up

24' 7 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Need to Know

"This hazardous trail exists entirely on private property. Access is a privilege granted by the landowner. Users assumes all risks. Stay on trail. Leave no trace, pack out what you pack in. Two way trail. Uphill user has the right of way. No throwing or rolling rocks. Leave gates as you find them."

Big thanks to the Talbott Family, the Town of New Castle, New Castle Trails, and many others for making this public trail possible!

Description

Welcome to Burning Mountain! When riding the full loop of trails (still under construction as of Aug. 2023) west of New Castle, CO, Talbott's Burning Mountain Trail will be your entry point, and the trail you'll spend plenty of time on while ascending the steep north slopes of this impressive geological formation. You'll find plenty of generous climbing turns, and even a few flat and downhill reliefs, but mostly you'll be gaining serious elevation on your way up to high point with views of the Colorado River, the Flat Tops, the immediate surroundings of New Castle way down below, and the mountains and valleys towards Glenwood Springs, Silt, and beyond.

Find the start of the trail just to the west of the entry driveway for Elk Creek Elementary School. You can park near the entry driveway, or if school is in session and parking is limited, please park near downtown New Castle and grab a bite or a drink after your ride. This trail tops out at a great view point area next to a tall cairn of rocks.

This trail has a generous wide machine cut bench, allowing easy passes with two-way traffic, and is the easiest portion of the soon to be completed loop on Burning Mountain (the mid ridge, south descent, and south return will have narrower, and sometimes steeper, hand built tread. Consider this trail a great out-and-back experience for the climb, excellent views, and long descent back down to town..

Contacts

Local Club: New Castle Trails - RFMBA

Land Manager: Town of New Castle

Shared By:

Mike Pritchard

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in New Castle

#2137

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#3

in New Castle

#406

in Colorado

#2,137

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Photos

View from the trail, towards the east, with New Castle and Colorado River down below.
Aug 14, 2023 near New Castle, CO
Aerial view of the many switchbacks climbing up Talbott's Burning Mountain Trail on the north side of the mountain.
Aug 14, 2023 near New Castle, CO
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