Abrams Gulch Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,335' 407 m
Descent: -1,321' -403 m
High: 7,983' 2,433 m
Low: 6,900' 2,103 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“A beautiful jaunt through open plains and cottonwood forests.”— Michael Sammartino
Where the singletrack ends, turn to the right and follow the doubletrack. The road parallels the gulch for 2.5 miles of steady climbing until it reaches the tree cover. At this point, follow the doubletrack across the gulch as it climbs to the nearby ridge. Near the top, the grade gets really steep and the going is quite strenuous!
Hang a right onto the intersecting road (Spring Creek Road) to complete the rest of the challenging climb. Eventually the grade mellows out, which givers runners a chance to enjoy the magnificent views of the Eagle and Vail valleys.
Keep following the road as it dips down around a bend and then gently climbs to cross over the gulch and a small creek. On the other side, head right at a small four-way intersection onto Scratch. The high-point of the run is soon reached as Scratch climbs very gradually before starting into the descent as it turns away from the gulch.
The slope pleasantly drops away a little quicker here as the trail heads into a small grove of trees. On the other side, it soon levels out before transitioning to a slight climb to intersect with two access roads. Take the left split onto Abrams Ridge Connector. This road-trace crosses a large open area to a small pool of water next to the start of Abrams Ridge.
Follow Abrams Ridge as it completes two snaking arches across a low depression before taking to the ridge line for a steady and fun rolling descent. The grade remains mellow to moderate all the way down to the steeper switchbacks at the start of the loop. Enjoy the contours of the hill and variety of scrub, trees, and clearing that make this a very nice note to end the run on!
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Land Manager: Town of Eagle, CO - Open Space Dept.