Canyon Creek Trail

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added by lostcause Doubletrack on March 4, 2009
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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.
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tomcat32 on January 14, 2015
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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.
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Similar Trail: St Elmo/CDT loop

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Greg Heil on August 6, 2014
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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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zr140th on August 7, 2014
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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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Greg Heil on August 7, 2014
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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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zr140th on August 7, 2014
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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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skipowder on August 30, 2010
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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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Ride Report: Endless Views and a Near-Endless Descent on the Canyon Creek Trail, Sargents, Colorado
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