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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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