Level: Advanced
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +1,639/1 ft
Total: 6 riders

Mountain Biking Jones Creek

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#164 of 1,322 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#1744 in the world

From the lot, head back to FR 576 and make a left. Make a right onto Jones Creek Trail #518, about 0.2 miles later. This is a robust climb (~1,700 feet total elevation gain in just over 4 miles) broken up briefly by a couple of short descents. Overall the trail rates as moderate, but there are a couple of rocky sections, a few switchbacks, and a few sections with a 15% grade. The trail runs through a lush forest with ponderosa, spruce, and aspen trees. After entering a meadow (watch for grazing cows!), reach the T intersection with the Pinkerton-Flagstaff Trail at about the 4.5 mile mark. After catching your breath and refueling, turn around and enjoy the ride back down.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
From Durango, take Main Avenue/US 550 North to Hermosa. Turn left at the northern turnoff for CR 203 (just before the railroad tracks cross the highway), following the signs to the Lower Hermosa Creek Trailhead. Make an immediate right onto CR 201. This road will turn to dirt and become FR 576. Turn left at the Lower Hermosa parking area after about 4 miles.
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  • FinishSTRONG7

    A classic forest singletrack that will test your aerobic ability. High quality trail with a few technical spots to keep you honest. A recommendation is to turn right on Pinkerton-Flagstaff at the T and add a one mile, 200 foot climb to the top of the ridge. The reward is a spectacular view of the Animas Valley, Needle Mountains, and Missionary Ridge. This 9-10 mile out and back is a satisfying ride for most, but Jones Creek can be the first leg of a Jones-Pinkerton-Dutch-Hermosa loop for the hardcore and very strong rider.

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