A lot of climbing and descending on singletrack.
Start climbing on a dirt road with slight grade.
2.7 - find trail #898 on the right;
5.3 - continue on to a private road;
6.8 - follow further on Raggeds Trail #820;
7.3 - cross dirt road and following creek;
10.2 - cross spur trail and keep on Raggeds Trail;
10.3 - at intersection, take a left;
12.5 - find the gate and continue on a jeep road;
14.3 - at the next intersection take a left turn on a dirt road;
16.8 - continue straight on a dirt road through the next intersection;
16.9 - another intersection, take a left turn onto a dirt road;
18.0 - pass through a gate and continue downhill;
20.0 - the trail ends at Erickson Springs. Find the intersection with Hwy 133, a paved road, turn right and continue on pavement until you reach the parking lot.
How to get there:
Off I-70 at Glenwood Springs, take Hwy 82 and head to Carbondale (12 miles). Take Hwy 133, pass Redstone and on to McClure Pass (8,755'), about 9 miles. Find a parking lot on the left side of the road.
Get supplies in Carbondale. Bring a good map and extra water.
|Posted by: Durangobased on 6/27/2005
I attempted to ride this trail in late June-2005 and was extremely dissapointed. It seems as if the trail has not been maintained in at least two years. It is impossible to get into any kind of rythm as every few hundered yards you have to dismount and lift your bike over fallen tree's. Additionally when you do have the chance to build up some speed the overgrowth rips up your arms pretty bad. I ended up having to cut the ride short due to thunderstorms and overall frustration. I would recommend going into carbondale and passing this one up.
|Posted by: rick lawrence on 4/28/2003
I would hardly rate this trail a beginners trail. At 26 miles long, this trail climbs and decends more times than one cares to count. At the end of the trail, even experienced riders know they've had a good ride. This is also a shuttle ride. When the Columbines are blooming this ride is magical. I've also had some great times with misquitos. Don't forget your skin-so-soft.