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Pine Valley Loop

Intermediate
 4.3 (11) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great loop trail through a hilly ranch with potential for great views.


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Map Key

6.8

Miles

11.0

KM

89%

Runnable

7,910' 2,411 m

High

6,878' 2,096 m

Low

1,149' 350 m

Up

1,164' 355 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

17%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

While a bit of a drive from Denver, this loop trail feels like an escape. Once back in the ranch, there are unique, wide open views created by an old wildfire. Run through "fields" which were recently forest.

Description

From the parking lot, there is a short, easily navigable stretch to access the loop (well marked on the map located in the parking lot). The loop, heading clockwise, starts to ascend up what truly feels like a gulch; there is a creek to the left, rutted trail, and mild erosion; the footing is still solid.

The trail is a steady incline and quickly intersects with Strawberry Jack Trail. The trail continues to gain elevation, though moderate. You'll come to an area with a great deal of open space due to a recent wildfire which actually provides a unique experience and opportunity to spot wildlife.

Next there will be a 4-way junction and you'll want to take a right onto Skipper Trail which will take you West and assist in completing a loop with Buck Gulch Trail. Skipper Trail is mostly flat, non-rocky, and wide, making it a comfortable section of the run.

Hang a right back onto Buck Gulch Trail where you'll begin a descent back towards the trailhead and completion of the loop. This section is speedy with good footing, mostly devoid of rocks and other "tripping" elements.

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Shared By:

Taylor Simmons

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 11 votes

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  4.3 from 11 votes
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Once forest, now open trails.
Sep 11, 2015 near Pine, CO
Small visitor center and adjacent lake.
Sep 11, 2015 near Pine, CO

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May 9, 2020
Aaron Larkin
Tougher trail than I imagined, but the conditions were awesome. 7.7mi — 1h 11m
Oct 7, 2019
Emma H-p
Ran it counter clockwise. Infinitely harder. Steep grades but great views — 1h 28m
Jun 16, 2018
Leslie Hagen
7.8mi
Mar 31, 2018
Jay Watts
mostly clear-a little snow and mud up high
Feb 4, 2018
Tracie Wingo
7.4mi
Aug 20, 2017
Lynda Wacht
Aug 13, 2017
Justin Simmons
6.3mi — 1h 15m
Apr 2, 2017
Walter Powers