The parking lot for this run is right across from the Western Colorado University campus. There's a big signboard at the beginning that shows an abundance of trail options in this area. However, if you just want to run to Old Car, it's just shy of 2 miles round trip and 250 feet of elevation gain. The elevation feels very mild on this route and there are a few different trail options to get to Old Car. You can take the Ridgeline or the Contour trail, and both trails continue further on past Old Car if you're wanting something longer.
This trail offers no shade whatsoever so be mindful of the time you run. You'll be on a dirt or rock path in a sea of sagebrush. These trails offer great views all around with views overlooking the city of Gunnison, Hartman rocks, W mountain, and Signal Peak.
This is also a frisbee golf area, if that suits your fancy.
Once you get to the Old Car, you can enjoy the views, some water, and decide if you want to keep running or head back down to your car.
Shared By: Eric Thorson