Telegraph Trail System

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.40 out of 5
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Intermediate
10
miles

Singletrack
↑ 5,300 ft
↓ 5,500 ft
6,861
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
The Telegraph Trail System is a fantastic riding area located virtually in town! The "Trails 2000" organization has done a great job building and maintaining these trails. These are the trails that your bike is begging you to take a ride on! The Telegraph Trails are laid out in multiple loops with multiple trail heads that allow you to combine trails and mileage to match your desires. In and out of canyons and meadows with Scrub Oak, Juniper and Pine on great single track. The switchbacks in and out of the canyons get the legs to burning but are short and manageable. Each intersection has "You Are Here" maps so you always know where you are. There is no specific direction or route you must take (go ahead and create your own) but a favorite 10-mile combination loop we enjoy starts at the Sale Barn trail head and ends at the Big Canyon trail head with a short frontage road ride back to the car.
From the Sale Barn trail head follow the Sale Barn trail through a couple of canyons and meadows and turn right at the first intersection onto the Cowboy trail. Follow this trail up to intersection 2 and turn right again, staying on the Cowboy trail. Turn left at intersection 3 and turn left at intersection 4 onto the Sidewinder trail. Breeze along the Sidewinder trail and turn left at intersection 5 and again left at intersection 6 onto the South Rim trail. Great views of the South side of Durango can be seen from along this ridge. Continue around and down on the South Rim trail until intersection 7 and turn right onto the Big Canyon trail. Blast down a great finishing stretch that drops you in and out of creek beds until you finally reach the bottom and the Big Canyon trail head. Turn left on the frontage road and cool down on the ride back you your car. Be sure to watch for hikers, horses and other bikers.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (8)
System Trails (8)
Horse Gulch
Big Double 8 Loop
Raider Ridge
Snake Charmer
Rocky Road Trail
Telegraph Trail
Crites Connect
Carbon Junction
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Reviews (13)
 

Gramcounter

January 28, 2015
 
Review: I'll allow I haven't ridden but a handful of places around the States, and especially haven't spent enough time in Colorado: but the fact that I can ride two miles from my hotel and be on this epic network blows my mind. Like any good trail, front-loaded climbing makes the return-trip payoff that much sweeter. It also spoiled me on how well it's marked: you really don't need a map with you, as every intersection has one. This is definitely one system I want to visit again and again.

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World Champ


July 3, 2014
Greg Heil World Champ  
 
Review: This trail system is massive in scope, but the poor trail markings in places and some of the rather bland trails keep it from being 5 stars. However, there are some truly fantastic sections hidden here, like Raider Ridge and Snake Charmer. And those make up for most any lake the other trails have!

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Gramcounter

July 3, 2014
JWanamaker Gramcounter  
 
Review: Great trail, fairly high grunt factor climb to the top but the views are worth it. Rode early July and the trails were a little loose.

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Trailblazer


June 10, 2014
 
Review: Fun ride right from town. I rented a nice Santa Cruz Bronson C from Second Avenue Sports and rode from there to the Horse Gulch Trailhead. It happened to be National Trails Day and Trails 2000 was at the trailhead. I asked about a route and they hooked me up. I rode Horse Gulch to Telegraph, climbed to the top and turned left at Sidewinder. Sidewinder is a fun and flowy downhill so drop your seat and have fun. From Sidewinder, I caught Cowboy. Another great flow trail. I continued downhill to the Sale Barn Trailhead. I wasn't finished yet so I rode back up and connected with the Canyon Rim trail and Big Canyon. I was on my way up Cowboy when I met a local who offered to show me a way back into town on Singletrack so I didn't have to climb to the top again. What a great day!

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Gramcounter

January 14, 2014
 
Review: There are so many different link-ups possible. Great trail system.

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Gramcounter

November 2, 2012
jkacuba Gramcounter  
 
Review: Rode this trail system last weekend for the first time - pretty much as described but finished back down Sale Barn. Awesome trail network and well worth the drive from Albuquerque. I rode on a Friday and only saw one other rider the entire time. As I said - great trails.

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June 28, 2012
Guest   
 
Review: Great trail system...don't know about epic though

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Granny Gear

June 27, 2012
Joshb976 Granny Gear  
 
Review: All the reviews say it all, Epic ride.

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Poseur

May 10, 2012
dzpd23 Poseur  
 
Review: Hard climb up. I should have had a map. The guy at the local shop wasn't too helpful. Not my best day in Colorado.... Trail were fun but there are better destinations in CO. Felt like I needed to ride with a local.

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Gnarly

October 10, 2011
 
Review: The trail description listed is pretty spot on. A lot of fun to be had back here. I like to ride from Horse Gulch, up and over Telegraph to Yellow Brick, Side Winder, Cowboy, Out Big Canyon. All downhill from Telegraph. Or loop around from Cowboy to Sale Barn, South Rim, Sidewinder, Crites, and down Anazasi. Best to go with someone that knows the trails to avoid stopping at each intersection.

Similar Trail: Powerline, Browns Ridge

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Telegraph Trail System MTB Trail 4.40 out of 5 based on 13 ratings. 13 user reviews.
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