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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