Trail: 4×4 road, double track
Conditions: 40F, clear and sunny. Trail was mix of sand and packed dirt. Small snow patches. Mostly smooth trail with rolling hills. Lightly trafficked but probably not during high season.
AllTrails Route: Point to Point road with multiple loop options
Miles: Any distance, mine was 10.4
Elevation Gain: 1,890ft.
Water: Yes, but definitely not all year
Dogs: On leash or strict voice control.
Special Notes: Dispersed camping with views. Options for multiple trails a lot of miles. View of Collegiate Peaks entire time.
With so many good trails and beautiful camping, I assume this place is very busy with vehicles for the on season and not so fun for runners. These winter months will be best. I didn’t see another person out there that day.
While it’s slow season, you can park for free in any of the dispersed camping.
Shorts in November? I’ll take it.
A good chunk of the loops that I took were not on the map I had downloaded from AllTrails. I was out exploring and it was nice to have the comfort of knowing I had a GPS on me that could get me back to the road. As much as you can depend on paper maps, having apps like AllTrails has changed the game for me. Although I was running trails that were not on the map, the waypoint on the map still knew exactly where I was and it was able to guide me back to the road. Always carry a map with you. If it’s on your phone, make sure your phone is charged and you have downloaded the map before you lose service at the trailhead.
This area has a lot of fun running and is a great destination to get a break from the snow. I will be coming back here before winter is over and update.