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Oro Grande Trail – Dillon Colorado

Distance: 10.5 miles
Rating: Easy – Moderate
Time: 2-3 Hours
Elevation: 9,040 – 9,520 ft.
Type: Loop, dirt road, trail
Season: May – October
GPS Coords: 39.63621,-106.036651


Before You Go: The rolling terrain is great for novices and is usually dry by mid-may. Large stands of aspen trees make this an excellent fall choice.Oro Grande Trail Dillon Colorado This ride can be shortened to a 6 mile loop by turning right onto a dirt road at about 2.3 miles, following it past the cemetery to Hwy 6, crossing the Hwy and accessing the paved recpath, which takes you back to Dillon. You may encounter ATVs and motorcycles, as this trail allows motorized uses.

Parking: From I-70, drive east on Hwy 6 to Dillon. Turn left on Lake Dillon Drive at the stoplight. Take an immediate right and follow the road that parallels the Hwy, turns to dirt and passes a water tank. Park in the Pullout on the right by Tenderfoot Trail sign.

Description: Ride up the dirt road and turn right immediately. Follow this fork past the water facility building on the right and up into the trees. Pass Tenderfoot Trail on the left. The road meanders through open meadows and stands of aspens as it crosses several hills. Just beyond a fence, at 2 miles, you”ll come to a 4 way junction and an open area. To do a short, 6-mile loop, turn right and descend. Continue straight for the longer ride and climb, passing under power lines. Then veer left and pass a couple of side roads. The main road remains obvious as it climbs more, then descends to a wood fence and 3 – way junction at 2.8 miles. Continue straight, passing through the fence onto a road that becomes more of a single track trail. Stay left near a pretty big berm and climb through the sagebrush hillside. This is the hardest part of the trail. pedal across a steep slope and swing sharply left above the landfill. Climb through the trees and descend to connect with a main dirt road at almost 4 miles, near a small public shooting range and power station. From this point you can either return as you came, continue into Frey Gulch or follow the direction to loop back using the Hwy and paved bike path. Turn right , and go a short distance past the power plant and take a left. Follow it around to the landfill gatehouse. Cross the road in front of the gateshouse and take the single track trail that begins next to the chain-link fence down to Hwy 6. You can park your return car in keystone. You can access the bike path and continue to ride into keystone and pick up your car in the parking area and the bottom of the ski lift. In the summer time the city of Keystone allows free parking at the ski lifts.


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West Ridge Trail – Dillon Colorado

Distance: 14 miles
Rating: Moderate – More Difficult
Time: 3 Hours
Elevation: 9,240 – 11,920 ft.
Type: Out & Back, Dirt road
Season: June – October
GPS Coords: 39.601081,-105.976185


Description: Begin your ride up Keystone Gulch. The GPS Coordinates will place you at the beginning of that road. Novices will enjoy the first few miles of this well-maintained dirt road. It climbs gradually along a meandering stream and through a shady forest. Wind along the base of the ski area, pass two chairlifts. At 4.5 miles, near the third chairlift, the road veers left and begins climbing more steeply. Just after it veers right near the third chairlift at 4.5 miles and begins climbing toward North Peak, turn right onto a road near a maintenance building. Climb along a hillside for almost 0.5 miles, crossing two ski runs. At about the 5 mile mark, take a spur road on the right ( The main road dead ends further up South Peak) that drops to a meadow and crosses a stream. Climb along an abandoned logging road, which switchbacks upward. After a long flat section, you reach a 3-way junction at 6 miles. To reach West Ridge, stay left and continue climbing. Several abandoned side roads along this section may be a bit confusing. You should be able to still pick out the main route. After a switchback to the left, the road narrows and eventually becomes a single track that climbs to connect with the Colorado Trail at nearly 7 miles. Turn sharply right onto the Colorado Trail and meander along West Ridge. Anticipate a lot of other trail users on the section of the route. Use caution around blind corners. I almost took someone out on this section.At about 8 miles, you’ll reach a side trail on the right. Take this spur and descend to another logging road. Turn right for a long fun descent through a series of switchbacks. At the bottom, cross the creek, turn left onto keystone Gulch road and continue descending to your car.


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Keystone Gulch Trail – Colorado

Distance: 14.5 miles
Rating: Easy – More Difficult
Time: 3 – 4 Hours
Elevation: 9,240 – 11,920 ft.
Type: Out & Back, Dirt road
Season: June – October
GPS Coords: 39.601081,-105.976185


Before You Go: Keystone Gulch Road climbs gradually along a lively stream near the base of Keystone Mountain. Keystone Gulch TrailOptions further up the drainage include a challenging climb to North Peak and a loop combining abandoned logging roads and the West Ridge section of the Colorado Trail.

Description: Begin your ride up Keystone Gulch. The GPS Coordinates will place you at the beginning of that road. Novices will enjoy the first few miles of this well-maintained dirt road. It climbs gradually along a meandering stream and through a shady forest. Wind along the base of the ski area, pass two chairlifts. At 4.5 miles, near the third chairlift, the road veers left and begins climbing more steeply. Novices may want to turn around here. To reach North Peak, ascend steadily for a couple of miles. At about 6 miles (near the top), there’s a fork to the right near a gate. Either continue straight to North Peak and the Outpost Restaurant, which is usually open for lunch, or for more exploring, turn right onto the side road. Climb over rocky terrain for a little over a mile to the scenic Erickson Mine. This historic structure is private a fragile; please don’t touch it. Stay Away just view it from a distance. Since this side trip is mainly above timberline, make sure you check the weather. Bad weather can sneak up on you very quickly.


Parking: From I-70, follow Hwy 6 east to Keystone. At the stoplight, turn right onto Keystone Road. Turn Left immediately, cross the snake river and turn right onto Soda Ridge Road. Drive 0.4 Miles and turn left onto keystone Gulch Road. Park Near the gate.

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Frey Gulch Trail

Distance: 8.5 miles
Rating: Moderate
Time: 2 Hours
Elevation: 9,200 – 10,120 ft.
Type: Loop, Dirt road, Trail
Season: June – October
GPS Coords: 39.6055423 /-105.9836274


Before You Go: This early-season ride is usually dry by June and sometimes even in late May. Expect horse traffic from Keystone Stables. Always pull over and let them pass. Frey Gulch is full of colorful aspens during fall season.

Parking: From I-70, follow Hwy 6 east to Keystone. Beyond the stoplight, turn left onto a unnamed road just past and across from Keystone Lodge. Park in the large lot on the left. If this lot is full, drive a mile further up the Hwy and use the skier parking lots off Gondola Road. During summer season these are usually free to park in.

Description: Go right onto the Hwy and descend about a mile, passing through the stoplight. Go past the landfill road and tun right on a single track just before the bridge. Climb this trail until you reach the landfill gate. Cross the landfill road and climb the single track that leads back to the landfill road. Turn right onto the road and pedal uphill to another road. Go right, passing a trail on the left and then, a power station. Ride by a gate and climb into the trees. Descend, crossing a cattle guard and passing a few small side roads. At 3.2 miles, just beyond a creek, pass a narrow road on the left, then turn left onto a more main looking road at a 3-way junction. Pedal up aspen filled Frey Gulch, passing several side roads and veering right at a 4-way junction. The road gets rougher as it travels deeper into the forest and across a creek. Turn right at a junction(the left forks climbs steeply up Tenderfoot Mountain) and climb a short distance. Beyond a creek the road fades out near some cabin remains. Return along the same route and turn left onto the main road at the bottom of the gulch. Climb, curving left through a logged area. Drop to and cross a tiny creek at 6.9 miles. Turn right immediately ( the main road eventually splits into several dead end logging roads.) ride by a dirt berm and onto a trail.  Descend along the edge of a logged area, following the lower (right hand) trail into a forested drainage. Swing left, picking your way through some rocky sections and descend along a hillside. Switchback down to a wider trail and follow it through the trees to Sts. John paved road. Turn left and ride out to the Hwy. Turn right and descend to the parking lot.

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Montezuma Loop Trail – Colorado

Distance: 13.5 miles
Rating: Advance
Time: 5 Hours
Elevation: 10,300 – 12,615 ft.
Type: Loop, Dirt road
Season: Late June – Mid September
GPS COORDS:
39°34’53 N 105°52’4 W


Description:Montezuma Loop Trail

Your ride starts right in the middle of the town of Montezuma CO.  Ride up Montezuma Road, the main road through town. Turn Left at almost a mile onto a rocky jeep road at the sign for Deer Creek/Webster Pass Begin Climbing, passing several spurs leading to private property. Pass through a gate at 1.7 miles and climb into a beautiful high alpine valley surrounded by towering peaks. Cross the Snake River and Climb over rough terrain to a junction at 3.6 miles turn right and continue climbing on a road that gets progressively steeper and more rocky. Beyond Cashier Mine, the road switchbacks upward so intensely that walking is a necessity. From the high point on Teller Mountain, descend toward Deer Creek drainage. At the first junction turn left and drop briefly until merging with another road that traverses the upper edge of the valley. A right turn here creates a shorter loop by descending along Deer Creek. To continue on the described route, turn left and climb above the drainage to a 3-way junction at 6.5 miles. Turn right and follow the ridge top road toward Sts. John (The left fork drops to the Middle Fork of the Swan.) Short, steep climbs and technical descents characterize the next few miles. Pass a spur on the left at 7.2 miles. Approaching Glacier Mountain you pass a fork on the right. Continue straight to the left and ride if you can the next several steep pitches. The road veers right and passes the precariously placed General Teller Mine at 9.7 miles. Continue to climb over the ridge on the main road and then drop toward Sts. John Creel. A rock-filled descent brings you to treeline and past the Wild Irishman Mine. Continue winding downward into the valley on the main road. At about 12 miles, you’ll ride through the historic town of Sts. John. The last couple of miles you pass several spur roads, but the main route remains easy to follow as it descends along the creek and switchbacks down to Montezuma.

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Peru Creek Trail – Dillon Colorado

Distance: 14 miles
Rating: Moderate – More Difficult
Time: 3 – 4 Hours
Elevation: 10,000 – 12,120 ft.
Type: Out & Back, Dirt road
Season: Mid June – Early October
GPS Coords: 39.592/-105.871


Before You Go:

This area contains a lot of private land; so observe and respect all “NO TRESPASSING” signs. The last stretch is above timberline; the weather Peru Creek Trail changes quite rapidly.

There will be a lot of motorized vehicles; including Jeeps and ATV’s. There are a few fragile historic buildings they are on private land. Only View them from a distance.

How to Get There:

From I-70 head east on Hwy 6, passing through Keystone. Turn Right onto Montezuma Road and drive 4.5 miles. After crossing the Snake River, turn left and park at the PERU CREEK Trail head.

Ride Details:

Ride up Peru Creek Road. Cross Peru Creek and climb gradually up the left side of the valley. Pass a private residence and then the Lenawee Trail at 1.6 miles. Drop into a meadow and pass a fork on the right. Shortly after, on the left, the spur for Chihuahua Gulch appears at 2.2 miles. A steep creekside climb brings you to the timberline and into a large hillside meadow. A spur on the right leads to the crumbling Pennsylvania Mine. Continue on the main road and curve left passing the Shoe Basin Mine at mile marker 5. Beyond this point the road gets steeper and rougher, changing to the more difficult rating. Ascend past several spurs, including a fork to the right the Argentine Pass Trail. The main route remains obvious as it climbs steeply, switchbacks left and reaches a junction near the head of the basin. The the left fork and continue for another mile to a amazing pond. The road dead ends nearby at a miner’s shack. You have reached your destination. Take in the breath taking views and return the way you came.

peru creek trail shack By BOB BERWYN

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