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Level: Beginner
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Fire Road
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +589/ -591 ft
Total: 10 riders

Mountain Biking Bear Creek FS Road / #101 / #49

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#459 of 1,353 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#4,672 in the world

The gravel Bear Creek road meanders uphill for several miles through the beautiful Bear Creek Valley. Once the road passes the Columbine Trailhead, it gets much rougher and steeper, climbing steeply up to the dead end / trailhead where the road T's into the Rainbow Trail.
5.6 miles from the highway to the Rainbow Trail Trailhead

First added by Greg Heil on Oct 23, 2013. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Head south of Salida on Hwy 50 towards Cotopaxi, and look for road 101 on the right.
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  • *****

    After the cattle guard the road is steep and rocky...very strenuous--but beautiful!

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    For a forest road, this is a rather picturesque, enjoyable ride.

    The climb gets very steep and aerobically difficult on the upper half, but isn't too challenging lower down.

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