Ryan-Graber-mnt-biking2The Rio Grande National Forest is filled with riding opportunities for beginner and advanced riders. Several trails are within a couple miles drive from town, and some are specifically listed as multi-use for bikes…not to mention the hundreds of miles of forest service access roads open to cyclists of all abilities. Many trails are multi use - so be prepared for hikers, horses, and ATV’s along the way.

When riding any of the trails available you need to remember that we are at over 8,000 ft. on the valley floor, and you need to be prepared and physically fit before hitting the harder, higher altitude trails. There are numerous well maintained and beautiful trails.

Ryan-Graber-mnt-bikingWhen using any of the trails in the area around South Fork, it is asked that all riders follow the IMBA rules of the trail which are as follows:
    1. Ride on open trails only
    2. Leave No Trace
    3. Control your bicycle
    4. Always yield trail
    5. Never spook animals
    6. Plan ahead

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
Deep Creek Trail (Lower)
Distance: 4 miles, 2-3 hours
Elevation: 8,750 - 11,400 ft.
This portion of the trail is a smooth sweeping single-track.
Deep Creek Trail
Distance: 7 miles, 4-5 hours
Elevation: 8,750 - 11,400ft.
There are a few water crossings, and a few rocky sections.
Deep Creek Trail
Distance: 9 miles, 2-3 hours
Elevation: 8,750-11,400 ft.
A great challenge to try to clean the entire upper section of deep creek.
Middle Frisco Creek Trail (Lower)
Distance: 4 miles, 2-3 hours
Elevation: 9,500-12,000 ft.
Start out riding the lower section of Middle Frisco, it is fairly smooth single-track
Middle Frisco Creek Trail (Lower)
Distance: 7 miles, 3-5 hours
Elevation: 9,500-12,000 ft.
Expect to avoid a few stationary rocks and tree roots.
Middle Frisco Creek Trail (Lower)
Distance: 7 miles, 2-3 hours
Elevation: 9,500-12,000 ft.
This is a good trail to work on our switchback skills.

Penitente Canyon B Loop
Distance: less than 3 miles
Good place to learn the basics of mtn. biking on single-track. The trail is mostly smooth with a few minor rocky spots.
Penitente Canyon B Loop
Distance: less than 3 miles
B Loop allows you to focus on your form and speed

 

Lake Fork Trail
Distance: 7 miles, 4-7 hours
This trail is comprised entirely of expert level high alpine single-track.Trail crosses rock slides and climbs to high alpine meadows.
Treasure Mountain Trail
Distance: 28.5 miles, 4-7 hours
This trail will test your abilities for downhill biking. Be prepared for the occasional dismount, for creek crossings
Treasure Mountain Trail
Distance: 28.4 miles, 3-5 hours
You will love the design and flow of this trail, pure downhill fun.
Penitente Canyon A Loop
Distance: Less than 3 miles
Starts with a short grunt of a climb, and then levels out on the ridge where it is fast and fun.
Penetinte Canyon A Loop
Distance: less than 3 miles
You will find plenty of challenging "rock options" along the way.
Trout Creek Trail
Distance: 4 miles to the creek
This is a fun trail but remember to be careful, there is a lot of areas that are exposed , where you don't want to fall off the trail.
Trout Creek Trail
Distance: 4 miles to the creek
This trail is fast, and you can really put the hammer down for some good race training.
Palisade/Alder Bench Trail
Distance: 7 miles, 2-4 hours
Expect some rock gardens, and even a few spots with some loose rock.