Lower Spring Creek Loop

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15.0 Miles 24.1 Kilometers


90%

Singletrack

1,709' 521 m

Ascent

-1,726' -526 m

Descent

8,255' 2,516 m

High

6,543' 1,994 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

42%

Max Grade (23°)

Unknown

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A gradual 7 mile climb up the road, followed by a sweet singletrack descent. A local favorite.

Tim Judkins

Overview

Avoid this one when muddy.
Lower Spring Creek is the better half of the Spring Creek trail for bikes. It dries out earlier than the higher plateau rides.

This ride is shown as a loop, starting at the lower (northern) trailhead, and riding up Dave Wood Rd. to the sourthern trailhead. This gets the climbing out of the way on the road, leaving about 7 miles of fun singletrack descent on the way back.

It can also be ridden as an out and back, riding up the trail, then turning around and descending home. It's definitely rideable in both directions.

Description

Park at the lower (northern) trailhead and climb up Dave Wood Rd. Ride about 7 miles south, and at the Forest Service boundary, take a right on the Spring Creek Rim Road. After about a mile, branching right off the road will be the Spring Creek trail.

The first part of the trail is a doubletrack climb to the edge of Spring Creek Canyon. As you approach the canyon, turn right and parallel it for about 1/2 mile. A 160 degree turn left off of this doubletrack takes you steeply down into the canyon with a loose doubletrack and a number of jumpable berms.

After you reach the canyon bottom, turn right and cross the gate to the Lower Spring Canyon. Here is where the fun singletrack descent starts. There are a few rocky sections and a couple of short steep climbs. Watch out for cactus.

Unfortunately, there is a steep, loose section at the north end that usually requires you to hike your bike up. Once you get back to the canyon rim it is a short jaunt back to the trailhead.

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Many prefer to ride up the canyon-and back down-(me included 1 -2 hours up-1 hour down! Oct 21, 2014


That's the most fun way to do it for sure. Singletrack both ways. Oct 21, 2014


Just rode this trail for the 3rd time. The downhill at the start of the trail is pretty hairy for an old broken 45 year old like me, but no issues riding it....this trail says blue but screams black in SEVERAL sections...both the beginning and the end of the singletrack and also in several rocky sections...motos use this trail a lot so expect sandy burms....for an intermediate rider like myself this trail takes it all out of me...I do not recommend this trail for beginners at all. Bring water and snacks. For a less demanding ride try Buzzard Gulch or RAT trails. Jun 18, 2016


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