Canyon Creek Trail

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20
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↑ 4,400 ft
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9,276
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About this trail
Crest Trail is so yesterday! Last year I rode Canyon Creek Trail instead and wasn't disappointed. One of the best rides of the year maybe ever. It was the perfect MTB ride for me. A ride up an old mining road almost to the top of Tomichi Pass. An alpine hike-a-bike. Ten miles of true downhill ! Mostly smooth singletrack with some fun technical sections.
Start riding up CR 888 following the road to Tomichi Pass.When the pass comes into view watch for Canyon Creek Trail to take off to the left (west). You can ride a short distance then it's a 1 hour hike-a-bike to the top. The 10 miles of downhill is so sweet! One more little hike-a-bike some fun switchbacks and you're back on the road. I thought route finding was easy but a wrong turn would be costly so get the guide book and a map. Saw no other MTB riders but this trail is open to motorcycles and I saw a couple.
added by lostcauseDoubletrack March 4, 2009
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  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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World Champ


September 8, 2015
 
Review: The descent is amazing, one of the best I've ridden in Colorado. The climb up, however, is tough and involves significant hike-a-bike toward the top. Don't forget, there is a short climb right at the end of the loop so save a little gas in the tank to make it back.

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Doubletrack


September 3, 2015
 
Review: One of my favorite rides. The climb starts out mellow on a smooth gravel road, but once you make it through the village of White Pine, it gets a lot tougher.

Huge rocks are embedded in the road and there are smaller, loose rocks in between those. It's pretty steep in some sections, so I ended up walking quite a bit. Coming from only 1,000 feet above sea level to over 12,000 feet added to the challenge!

Once you turn onto the actual trail off the road, you're in store for a pretty stout hike a bike. The amazing views make it much less painful. Take your time, soak them in, and save your energy for the descent.

The top of the descent is rocky and steep with plenty of exposure. You don't want to crash here as you're in the middle of nowhere.

Once you're back in the trees, it mellows out a bit, but there's still the occasional rocky section. The last couple miles of the descent are super flowy and swoopy on decomposed granite. You can really rip in this section.

At the end there's a punchy little climb to get back over the ridge to the road, but at least you get a handful of switchbacks to finish on.

Similar Trail: Whole Enchilada

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Granny Gear

August 14, 2015
 
Review: Rode it yesterday. Awesome. A must do.

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Bunny Hop

January 15, 2015
tomcat32 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: The climb on the road seems long and is quite rocky at times. You may have to walk a couple small stretches. There are a couple interesting grave yards here as well. Once off the road it's all singletrack til the end.The hike a bike wasn't as bad as I thought, maybe 30 -40 mins but it gives you a chance to catch your breath and enjoy the scenery. The descent above treeline is fast and endless views. There are technical sections that sneak up on you and keep you on your toes. The last several miles are fun flowy singletrack before one more shorter climb and descent to the end.
A complete review with plenty of pics:
http://tomcatoutdoors.blogspot.com/2014/09/canyon-creek-loop-mountain-biking-in.html

Similar Trail: St Elmo/CDT loop

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Bunny Hop


October 8, 2015
mongwolf Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Enjoyed your review which you posted on your blog. Looks like an amazing trail. Definitely adding this to my wishlist.

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World Champ


August 6, 2014
Greg Heil World Champ  
 
Review: While the climb to the top is heinously difficult, it is SO worth it! Topping out at 12,581 feet, the above treeline views are spectacular! And when the trail finally turns downhill, this is a relentless 10-mile downhill filled with gnar and rocks up top and flowy, bermy goodness down low. While not for the faint of heart, this trail offers a fantastic return on your sweat investment!

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World Champ

August 7, 2014
zr140th World Champ  
 
Review: Awesome, looking forward to them! Yea, i figured the climb would be a bit easier on the 29er but the DH was worthy of the Santa Cruz. Maybe just ride pedal clips to make the climbs easier.

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World Champ


August 7, 2014
Greg Heil World Champ  
 
Review: @zr140th, Definitely the full sus 6" bike. The climb is going to suck either way, but when you get to the top and point it down there's plenty of chunder and rocks on the upper half to warrant a lot of travel. Even on the lower, flowier half, having a slacker-angle bike is still a ton of fun! I still need to pull a few stills from some video I took on a few of the rock gardens... Stay tuned....

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World Champ

August 7, 2014
zr140th World Champ  
 
Review: Looking to hit up Canyon Creek Trail soon, just wanted to get your opinion on which ride would be best to take up there: 29er HT (80mm) or FS 26 (6"). Looks like you had a blast!

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Granny Gear

August 31, 2010
skipowder Granny Gear  
 
Review: Rode this last week. Not closed unless you want to keep it a secret. Out of the gate you start a slow climb for two miles then after passing through town it really begins to climb for 8 miles, the trail cuts off just short of the pass where you can push or carry for the next hour to the top of the ridge. From there: uninterrupted single track that is middle of big chain ring for 16 miles! A harsh hill near the end interrupts the flow but the bonus is another 2 mile downhill to the car park. Technically easier than the Crest trail but the climbing and carrying even things out a bit.

Similar Trail: Crest/Rainbow .. you're there already.

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Canyon Creek Trail MTB Trail 5.00 out of 5 based on 6 ratings. 6 user reviews.
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