ElevationAscent: 1,266' 386 m
Descent: -2,047' -624 m
High: 6,640' 2,024 m
Low: 5,472' 1,668 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)
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“A run that clings to slopes of the front Bookcliffs with lots of views to the south and north.”— Janice Shepherd
The run is best done with a vehicle shuttle. V 8/10 Rd is rough and needs a high clearance vehicle. The road can be excessively muddy after rains and should be allowed to dry to limit damage to it. If a shorter run is desired it is best to drive to the eastern access point. When parking at the eastern end of the trail be sure not to block the side road to the gas well pad.
The singletrack trail curves along through the juniper forest climbing and falling as it goes but with little overall change in elevation until about the 8 mile mark. Then the singletrack ends and an old two-track is followed that drops a 1070 ft down through a series of switchbacks to V 8/10 Rd. Near the top of the two track you may unfortunately encounter fumes from a long burning underground coal fire, depending on winds.
The rating of Intermediate is given because of the length. The singletrack and old 2-track are both well packed trails.
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Land Manager: BLM Colorado - Grand Junction Field Office