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Level: Advanced
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: +538/1 ft
Total: 12 riders
 

Mountain Biking Treasure Mountain Trail

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#383 of 1,344 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#4338 in the world

Some of the sweetest singletrack in the state! Amazing views, switchbacks, stream crossings, thick wooded areas, you are going to love this trail. For a video visit www.southforktrails.com

First added by southforkmtbkr on Apr 28, 2020. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
To get to the Treasure Mountain trail from South Fork, travel approximately 21 miles west on Hwy 160 (you will summit Wolf Creek Pass and go about 2 miles down the west side) to forest road 725.

Shuttle option 1: From forest road 725 continue another 10 miles west on Hwy 160 (all the way to the bottom of wolf creek pass and across the flat meadow) to East Fork road. Leave a vehicle near this intersection (drive up East Fork rd. until you find a good spot, as your ride will end coming down East Fork rd.) Drive back up Wolf Creek pass and park your second vehicle at the intersection of forest road 725 and hwy 160. There is plenty of parking available here. Begin your ride by heading down forest road 725. At mile 1.8 stay right on 725 while 725C stays straight. Stay left at mile 3.6. Stay left at mile 3.8. The singletrack begins at mile 4.6. Enjoy several miles of the sweetest singletrack in southern Colorado! The singletrack will come out on East Fork road. Turn right and enjoy the 6 miles of downhill forest road back to your vehicle.

Shuttle option 2: If you have a high clearance 4wd vehicle, you can shuttle to the top of the trail. Leave a vehicle at East Fork road as described in shuttle option 1, or if you want to avoid riding the 6 miles of forest road at the end on East Fork road, you can drive up East Fork road to the lower Treasure Mountain trailhead, and park near it. Drive your second vehicle up to forest road 725 (10 miles back up hwy 160 Wolf Creek Pass). At mile 1.8 of road 725, continue right on 725 while 725C stays straight. 725 now becomes more primitive and heads up towards treasure mountain. Stay left at mile 3.6. Continue until the signage indicates no vehicles, then park. Its a short ride up to the top of the trailhead from here. Ride 6.5 mile of great singletrack. After completing the singletrack at East Fork road, turn right on East Fork road and ride 6 miles of downhill forest road back to your vehicle.

Ride the whole loop option 1: Park near the intersection of East Fork rd and hwy 160 (as explained in shuttle option 1). Ride up Wolf Creek pass for approx 10 miles, turn right on forest road 725. At mile 1.8 of forest road 725, stay right on 725 while 725C stays straight. Stay left at mile 3.6. Stay left at mile 3.8. The singletrack begins at mile 4.6. Enjoy the sweet singletrack descent, you've earned it! The singletrack will come out at East Fork road, turn right, and ride about 6 miles of downhill forest road back to your vehicle.

Ride the whole loop option 2 is the same route as option 1, but park at the intersection of forest road 725 and hwy 160. You will get on the trail quicker this way, but will finish the ride with the huge climb up Wolf Creek Pass!

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  • stumpyfsr   ✓ supporter
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    Due to lack of time and weather I did only out and back on FR725. Great scenery, moderately difficult climb which turned into fun downhill on the way back.

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  • mongwolf   ✓ supporter
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    Simple instructions: Go downhill, keep going downhill and don't stop going downhill. =) Fun trail indeed. I wouldn't consider it advanced because I could ride everything, =) except a couple of deep mudded drainage crossings. It is a steep and narrow trail. Most of the trail is probably 8-15" wide with lots of roots and rocks. None of them are too big, but they keep you on your toes at all times. For much of the upper half, you have to keep your speed in check some and work the obstacles. Then for much of the lower half, starting from the big meadow, you can open it up a lot more. Then over the last mile or so, the trail widens just a bit, and you can really let it rip. On top for about the first mile, the scenery is exceptional. I'll give the trail five stars because the previous reviewer gave it one star which is utterly absurd imo. Yes, there were lots of trees down before, but the local bike community does a lot of work on this trail every year and does an admirable job staying on top of the situation. There were zero trees across the trail yesterday. How can you give a trail a terrible rating for a temporary condition? All in all, I'd consider the trail 4.5 stars. Finally, it may sound strange, but if you add the road climb up FR 725 (3.8 mi and tops out near 11,200'), imo you have a five star ride. The road is a challenging climb and absolutely beautiful -- beautiful views of the San Juans.

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  • michael.bunero
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    Was up there on foot June 2, 2017. The trail is mostly impassable due to 100's of massive burned up trees that have fallen across the trail. The lower portion may be somewhat passable by bike for 3 miles or so.

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  • mongwolf   ✓ supporter

    Sadly, within the currently burning West Fork Fire Complex in the San Juan Mtn, a secondary fire has started on the southern and eastern slopes of Treasure Mountain. It appears it might be consuming much of this beautiful trail. I hope not.

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  • thatonekid2112
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    Great downhill when shuttled. Road to trailhead is very rough and remote, if you lack a 4wd you might find yourself riding up the road a bit. Very much worth the effort to get to though, bomber downhill with great views along a beautifully groomed trail.

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