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Lower Spring Creek Loop

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 4.4 (15) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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15.0

Miles

24.1

KM

90%

Singletrack

8,255' 2,516 m

High

6,543' 1,994 m

Low

1,709' 521 m

Up

1,726' 526 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

42%

Max Grade (23°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

Avoid this one when muddy.

Overview

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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Shared By:

Tim Judkins

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  4.4 from 15 votes

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  4.4 from 15 votes
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Photos

Catching some air!
Jul 26, 2016 near Montrose, CO
That's Lower Spring Creek down there! Taken from the top of the hike out.
Jan 25, 2016 near Montrose, CO
Mini trail workers on Lower Spring Creek's sweet singletrack.
Jan 25, 2016 near Montrose, CO
North end of Lower Spring Creek Trail
Jan 17, 2015 near Montrose, CO
All smiles and good riding.
Jul 15, 2017 near Montrose, CO
Upper flat on the Lower Springs Creek Trail.
Jul 15, 2017 near Montrose, CO

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Jul 22, 2019
Aidan Burkholder
Sep 4, 2018
Chance Bex
Jun 29, 2018
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Jun 26, 2017
Nate Santos
Good ride
May 28, 2017
mark goldberg
Apr 22, 2017
Tyler Newman
Apr 9, 2017
eric kowal
Sep 13, 2014
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