Old Gordon Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,742' 531 m
Descent: -143' -44 m
High: 6,692' 2,040 m
Low: 4,959' 1,511 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“A slickrock scramble that follows a historic road to the top of the monocline.”— Andrew Walters
The slickrock usually has rocks lining the route to keep navigation simple. About 3/4 of a mile up, the trail levels out temporarily at a nice sandstone outcrop and then climbs again on loose dirt/rock with some roots thrown in. The trail levels out around 2.5 miles and shortly thereafter appears to dead end at a barbed-wire fence.
This can be a great place to turn around for an out-and-back, but if you are feeling adventurous and have a way to navigate, the trail does continue to the Upper Ribbon Parking area on Little Pard Road. Cross the fence where it sags and then follow the fence line for ~0.4 mile until unmarked trails start cutting south. Follow the network of trails as they weave south and west to reach the parking area. It is possible from here to run down The Ribbon (a great downhill), but it isn't possible to make a loop without some more serious off-trail travel.
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Local Club: Mesa Monument Striders
Land Manager: National Park Service - Colorado National Monument