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Ridge Stock Driveway #233

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

20.2 mile 32.5 kilometer point to point
85% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 4,283' 1,306 m
Descent: -3,303' -1,007 m
High: 12,923' 3,939 m
Low: 10,042' 3,061 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)

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Trail shared by Tyler Prince

An epic alpine trail through the San Juans.

Tyler Prince

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

While the trail itself is never closed, its trailheads are often closed in the winter. Most runners of the RSD probably aren't too afraid of mileage, but should expect to add a few miles on either end during winter.

This trail passes through national forest, so dogs must be leashed.

Runner Notes

This long, rolling trail, mostly on prime Colorado singletrack, makes for an excellent run. It's wicked long, so carefully consider out-and-back options or running a shuttle from TH to TH with a friend.

Description

This trail runs from near Ouray (West end: Alpine Flats; Bear Creek and Horsethief Trail junctions) to a remote area in between Gunnison and Lake City (East end: Alpine Plateau), and can also be accessed by way of the Matterhorn Creek Trailhead (see Uncompahgre Peak).

It consists mostly of rolling singletrack, taking runners from near Ouray to Matterhorn Creek Trailhead and catching up with the approach to Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre Peaks at 7.5 miles. It winds through the basin between these two 14ers before departing this route to the right, at 13 miles and 12,600 ft. From here it continues for about 15 miles, winding by several alpine passes before descending gradual singletrack into the Alpine Plateau, an area of lower altitude tundra between Lake City and Gunnison.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers in this part of the state are stunning. While you'll spend some time above tree line, the aspens and pines in this area are beautiful as well.

As with any alpine trail in the San Juans, expect to see marmots, pika, and maybe some bighorn sheep and mountain goats.

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Photos

Marmots are common along the trail, and some aren't shy at all.
Apr 5, 2016 near Lake City, CO
Some autumnal views off of the Ridge Stock Driveway. with permission from dreamer 200
Mar 19, 2016 near Lake City, CO
The unique shape of Uncompahgre Peak makes it impossible to miss while hiking along this section of the Ridge Stock Driveway.
Apr 9, 2015 near Lake City, CO
My friend nears the top of the shoulder on a snowy but beautiful day.
Feb 9, 2017 near Lake City, CO

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