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Level: Advanced
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: +756/ -1,473 ft
Total: 56 riders

Mountain Biking Agate Creek

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#34 of 1,362 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#186 in the world

This is an alternate descent from the Crest that drops down the WEST / Pacific side of the Continental Divide. This is a long 10-mile descent that crosses Agate Creek seemingly dozens of times, so it's best ridden late in the season.

While not as gnarly as other descents off the crest such as Green's Creek, Agate swoops and flows with astounding corners, jumps, and berms, forcing you to whoop and holler like a mad man on the way down! Thanks to this trail's remote ending and the work that it takes to shuttle it, when you drop into the more moderately rolling creek bottom (complete with a few climbs) you'll feel totally isolated from the world and in the wilderness. However, coming across a few wrecked vehicles that flew off the highway years ago will remind you that there's a major mountain pass just a few hundred feet above you.

First added by Greg Heil on Aug 22, 2014. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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  • mongwolf

    Hey Greg. I've been reviewing Agate Creek Trail for the first time. Looks really cool. Then a thought came to my mind looking at the map. It looks like there is another 2-2.5 miles and 800' of DH to be had near the bottom if the trail was extended to the bottom of the mountain from where the trail currently approaches the highway. That might be a nice trail project for the area.

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  • Jeff Barber

    This is a pretty challenging descent with plenty of rocks and roots all the way down. Tons of stream crossings and a slightly nasty climb at the very end.

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  • Aaron Chamberlain   ✓ supporter

    A super rad descent! Chunder up top, a little mellower once you're in the woods.

    Lots of trail huck opportunities. Good sight lines mean you can ride this trail pretty much full speed, even blind. That's how I did it anyway.

    You cross Agate Creek a ton of times on your way down, and as you do, it gets wider and deeper. As Greg said, "Just embrace the wetness." There's really no way around it.

    The bottom of the trail flattens out and there's a really tough section with basketball sized rocks scattered everywhere. I dabbed a lot there and had to walk a couple spots after losing all momentum.

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  • John Fisch

    Yet another great route off the Crest. It has a great mix of super steep and pedally, gnarly and not so gnarly. There is definitely some work involved, especially with the lower creek crossings and at least one hike-a-bike, but all well worth it. I echo Greg's comment "and the second best descent that I've ridden so far in the Salida area (after Green's Creek)." Even as a close second, it's still a solid 5 stars.

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  • Steve Harper

    Awesome little bit of everything with breathtaking views!

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