Trail Run Project Logo

Sarlacc Trail

Intermediate

Trail

10.3 mile 16.6 kilometer point to point
89% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,266' 386 m
Descent: -2,047' -624 m
High: 6,640' 2,024 m
Low: 5,472' 1,668 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

Dogs

Unknown
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Janice Shepherd

A run that clings to slopes of the front Bookcliffs with lots of views to the south and north.

Janice Shepherd

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers

Closed Dec 1st to May 1st for deer and elk winter range protection.

Description

Built by combined efforts of motorcycle riders, mountain bikers, horseback riders and hikers, this great singletrack hugs the slopes of the southern most range of Bookcliff Mountains. Views alternate between the south and the north. Looking south you'll see the La Sal mountains far to the SW along with the ranches of the eastern Grand Valley and the popular mountain biking trailhead off 18 Rd. To the north are the many peaks of the Bookcliff Mountains.

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.

Flora & Fauna

The Spotted Towhee has been seen along the trail.

Run this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Need to Know, Dogs Allowed, Runner Notes

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  5.0 from 1 vote

#1751

Overall
  5.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
100%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#209

in Colorado

#1,751

Overall
19 Views Last Month
843 Since Apr 23, 2015
Intermediate

0%
0%
100%
0%
0%
0%

Photos

Looking back at the trail clinging to the slope and beyond to the Bookcliff Mountains
Apr 23, 2015 near Fruita, CO
Flowers along the 2-track portion of the Sarlacc Trail
Apr 23, 2015 near Fruita, CO
Cliffs and the western Grand Valley
Apr 23, 2015 near Fruita, CO
Following the old 2-track.
Apr 23, 2015 near Fruita, CO

0 Comments

Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running