ElevationAscent: 450' 137 m
Descent: -332' -101 m
High: 9,795' 2,986 m
Low: 9,562' 2,914 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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Use visual cues and route finding skills to keep to the trail. This little-used and un-maintained lollipop trail is a mix of singletrack, rock-filled gullies and old ATV trails with gentle grades the entire trail length. It is likely you'll have the trail to yourself on this scenic run. It passes through a mature forest of fragrant pine, aspen groves and small parks, plus has great views of the Collegiate Peaks, the Sawatch Range and the Arkansas River Valley below.
The trail begins behind the trail marker and is faint to begin with. Run uphill with the trees on your right about 0.25 miles where the trail curves right into the trees. From here, just follow the track and occasional trail markers. Several social trails intersect Trail #1435, so just follow the markers. At less than 2 miles (going counter-clockwise on the loop portion) there is a great overlook of Collegiate Peaks off to the right of the trail. This is a good spot for a break. Continuing counter-clockwise, Aspen Ridge and the valley below come into view. The trail contunies back to the start of the loop and to the trailhead. A great short run, especially in the fall when the aspen have changed colors!
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