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Level: Advanced
Length: 14 mi (22.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +115/ -839 ft
Total: 11 riders

Mountain Biking Pallisade / Alder Bench Trail

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#394 of 1,353 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#3,846 in the world

The Pallisade is a very strong intermediate to expert level trail, due to the amount of steep climbs, switchbacks, and rock gardens. The trail is 100% singletrack, starting in South Fork and climbing up near the Wheeler Geological area. You can climb this trail for an out and back (7 miles one way, 14 miles out and back), or shuttle to the top for pure downhill fun!

First added by southforkmtbkr on Mar 21, 2011. 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
Lower trailhead located in South Fork just behind the Rio Grande Club property at the Alder Guard station (2 miles up the Alder Creek forest road which is located right next to the golf course). The lower trailhead is called "Alder Bench trail", but it soon becomes the Pallisade trail without you even noticing! Upper trailhead located on Forest Road 610 accessible from Pool Table Road.

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  • wlguasch

    From the Alder Bench trail head you climb for 2 miles about 900 vertical feet, tight switch backs single track and loose rocks on some parts of the climb. Once on top great trail with amazing views

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