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North Porcupine Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

2.5 mile 4.0 kilometer point to point
97% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 140' 43 m
Descent: -281' -86 m
High: 7,211' 2,198 m
Low: 7,036' 2,144 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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Trail shared by Craig Fowler

North Porcupine is a combination of sage fields and small wooded areas, with short, punchy climbs.

Craig Fowler

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This is a multi use area. Please stay alert while on the trail and be respectful of other users.

The fence along this trail used to have a gate or barb wire, then a cattle guard. Due to an incident where a cow got stuck in the guard, both have been removed at this time. Be aware either the barb wire or a new cattle guard could be installed at anytime. Please approach with caution.

Description

North Porcupine Trail starts at the end of South Porcupine Trail and the junction of Christmas Tree Trail. It heads north to the end of the Outie Trail.

Along the way you'll find easy to moderate short climbs. At times the surface is loose and rocky but the majority of the tread is smooth grippy soil. The only official trail off of North Porcupine is Innie Trail, which is on the right about a 100 yards after you cross through a barb wire fence,
Shortly after Innie Trail you have the option of taking a singletrack off to the left or staying on the doubletrack. Both meet up again shortly down the trail. The doubletrack tends to be very bumpy from cattle, so the singletrack is the preferred direction of travel.

Many people run North Porcupine Trail as an out and back, though you can take Innie Trail to Outie Trail, and come back on North Porcupine or once to the end, one can make their way to Buckhorn Trail (which is off Outie Trail). Buckhorn Trail will take you to the Rio Grande Trail. You can then either get to Basalt or Carbondale, via pavement.

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Dusk settling over the Roaring Fork Valley.
Oct 9, 2017 near Carbondale, CO
The "Chicken Coop" as locals call it.
Oct 9, 2017 near Carbondale, CO
Mount Sopris as viewed from North Porcupine Trail.
Oct 9, 2017 near Carbondale, CO

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