Level: Advanced
Length: 1 mi (1.6 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: -
Total: 4 riders
 

Mountain Biking Sesame Canyon

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#131 of 1,347 mountain bike trails in Colorado
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The trail drops over 700' in one mile down a beautiful canyon from Captain Jack's (at the bottom of the tubs) down to High Drive. It comes out on High Drive maybe 200 yards below the new trailhead of Palmer Trail (marked Red Rock Loop on the ground) on High Drive. It makes a great link from the Upper Gold Camp trails to Palmer Trail-Section 16 and the Red Rocks Open Space trails. Tight switchbacks, steep, loose, rocks, root drops and one scary rock rollover that could seriously hurt you.

First added by mongwolf on Dec 21, 2017. Last updated Apr 17, 2020. → add an update
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  • 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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This trail begins at the bottom of the "tubs" on Captain Jack's, one mile from the top of High Drive on Jacks. The trail heads off to the North just above/before the little rock jump at the bottom of the tubs.
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  • mongwolf   ✓ supporter
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    Sadly, Sesame Canyon is permanently closed to all users, due to greenback cutthroat trout plan. I know this little drainage runs into Bear Creek, but I would really like to see some data that shows that this trail significantly (statistically) and substantially (ecologically) added to water turbidity and lowered water quality to a harmful level for the greenback. Hopefully they have collected data, and it is significant and substantial. Without seeing any data I have to wonder, how much sediment is entering Bear Creek through Sesame versus say the north side of High Drive. Sesame was such a beautiful trail. It seems there could have been another way to manage any issues, other than a closure.

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  • mongwolf   ✓ supporter
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    Great fairly technical one mile downhill. The trail is narrow throughout and steep in many places. The upper third has some fun tight switchbacks. They are slightly rutted in places which actually adds to the fun imo. The middle third and bottom third are mostly a little less steep, but there are a few technical sections. Most notable is the rock face rollover (near a little waterfall). There is a narrow little "line" just to the right of the tree on top and to the left of the steep bank down to the creek. The margin of error is minimal; the entire line is chunky; and an outcome of pain and suffering is likely for most.

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