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This area does have restrictions in the spring time as it does go through the wild horse area in the Little Book Cliff area.
I am far from an expert ultrarunner. I have successfully finished one 50K, my longest distance by far. So my opinion of this trail is that it's about 90-95% runnable. There are spots I had to stop and climb. A more experienced runner may be able to clear these steep climbs and rocks very easily. There are also some tight spots through shrubs and other obstacles.
Follow the bike tracks and you can't get lost! That's what I did!
This was the first time on this trail for me. It is located off of the Stagecoach Trail
in East Palisade. If you park at the boat ramp lot in east Palisade, you'll run back across the bridge that goes over the Colorado River. Once you cross the river, you'll need to cross the gate/double wire and begin running down the service road covered in river rock.
You'll come under I-70; it is here you want to slow down and look for a "Do Not Enter" sign on your left hand side. Here you should will see a trail going up and over the train tracks. Once over the tracks, you'll be looking for the trail going up a steep uphill along the base of the I-70 bridge. Once you climb this steep grade, you cant miss the singletrack trail.
This trail has several switchbacks and splits but they all end up on one artery going up. Continue to climb wrapping around the edge high above I-70. It is here things get tricky. You'll crest at the top and if you following the stacks of rocks and other signs of a trail you'll find your way to a "Y". If you stay right and go right along the very steep and deep ditch, you'll find the singletrack that leads to the main trail.
This trail at times disappears, but it is very easy to find again if you just use your senses and be patient. The singletrack trail will wrap along I-70 up and over into the canyon area. Eventually, the singletrack will transition to a doubletrack. Turn left and you'll notice that the trail looks fairly newly made. This continues roughly another mile to two. Eventually, you'll come back upon the Stagecoach Trail