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Level: Intermediate
Length: 19 mi (30.6 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +900/934 ft
Total: 12 riders

Mountain Biking Three Forks Trail

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#318 of 1,346 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#2,997 in the world

Awesome trail! The summer wildflowers were spectacular and over our
Be aware of the Guardian Sheep Dogs. We didn’t have any problems but
elsewhere in the state there have been a few especially with dogs.
Nothing technical but this ride is definitely a sleeper. We rode Three Forks
as a loop but it can also be done as an out and back. Ride back down to CR
217 turn left climb through a cool narrow canyon continue on to Triangle
Park and turn left on FS 211 to three Forks Trail. We missed the singletrack
on the way up. Thought I was looking for a road. Watch for it on the left
about ¾ way up the hill. It would make the ride shorter but add more
Pick up a map at the Tourist Information Center just off I-70, the Forest
Service center, or at the bike shop on Rail Road Ave

First added by lostcause on Oct 27, 2010. 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
From Rifle drive north on HWY. 13 turn right on HWY 325 continue past Rifle
Falls and the fish hatchery (both a worthy stop) continue about 6 miles turn
left on Cr 274 drive ¼ mi. to the trailhead and park. About 20 miles total from
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  • scampise

    After reading the previous reviews I was able to find the trail pretty easily. I thought it was going to be part of the Rifle Mountain Park so I paid for the day pass. It was definitely over grown in certain areas, but that was I think ok knowing I was not going to see too many people during my ride. I only ran into two sets of hikers and the ride I have to say was beautiful. The only complaint would be the trail itself was quite bumpy with previous horse or elk traffic I assume. This made the decent a little slower than it could have been, but knowing each corner could have a horse around the corner made it fine with me. Didn't see any sheep or dogs. Lower rating is only because of the rough trail. If you are ok with the holes and rough trail it would definitely be worth it.

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  • wrestle203

    3 forks was a great trail. Made a day of it. caught several fish, saw a mountain lion 50 ft away. The trail was over grown from little use. the climb was worth the downhil reward. plan to do the loop next.

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  • gwsrida

    Trail is easy to find but seems to be a low traffic trail. Keep going straight through all the camping areas to trail head. Moderate climbing up all the way (a little less than 6 miles from parking lot), to and through a really nice Aspen tree forest. Keep going until you find the sign at the top. Turn around and bomb the really narrow single track you just rode up, being aware of the creeks you can ride through and occasional fallen tree. Fun ride worth the views and scenery, alone...

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