Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride Guide Book

by Robert Hurst (Falcon Guides)
Mountain Biking Coloradoand39;s San Juan Mountains Durango and Telluride  by Robert Hurst

256pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 0762723467

Heaven on two wheels. The weather is good, the mountains are high, and the singletrack is beyond compare. Southwest Colorado is the place where you'll find alpine hill climbs, desert loops, and technical challenges in some of the nation's most spectacular settings. So get on your bike and ride. Cyclist and author Robert Hurst outlines more than seventy rides ranging from the San Miguel River Ramble to grueling Engineer Pass. He also adds his own tidbits about the region's history, wildlife, and weather that make this more than just a trail guide. Look for information on the Log Chutes, Devil Mountain, and Galloping Goose. Climb to the dizzying alpine heights of Imogene, Windy, or Molas Passes. Or, plummet down Hermosa Creek, Old Lime Creek Road, or Haflin Canyon. Also included: restaurants and bike shops; relief maps and elevations profiles; more than eighty photographs; tips on riding, trip preparation, and bicycle maintenance.

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Trails from the "Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride" Guide Book
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... Preview: This is a short ride that nonetheless dishes out the physical punishment. Most of the pain comes as a result of the first few hills, which rise from the trailhead at a startling angle, completely rans ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride"
Durango, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.7
... Preview: Durangoans are blessed with the opportunity of cycling from their doorsteps to any one of a number of tasty singletrack trails within a matter of minutes, and this moderate loop starting at Chapman Hi ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride"
Durango, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.2
... Preview: The lower portion of the Colorado Trail is dang crowded by Durango standards. Even on weekdays you’re likely to find several cars in the parking area, with a scattering of friendly joggers, hikers, an ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride"
Durango, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 16
... Preview: The ascent up Devil Mountain is a straightforward but enjoyable climb on a moderately rocky dirt road. The big climb— gaining 3,000 feet in just over 12 miles—is softened by forgiving, middle-ring gra ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride"
Pagosa Springs, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 23.2
... Preview: This towering ascent to the treeless heights of the San Juans presents cyclists with the most stunning alpine vistas available from any popular vantage point in these mountains. From the summit of Eng ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride"
Ouray, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 19.6
... Preview: Launching directly from the town of Telluride, on flat terrain, this gem of a ride features some of the most easily accessible singletrack in Southwest Colorado. The out-and-back route featured here i ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride"
Telluride, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 29.4
... Preview: It has become somewhat of a tradition to experience the ethereal Hermosa Creek singletrack by shuttling to the trail’s northern trailhead, west of the Purgatory Ski Area. From the north end, a five-mi ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride"
Durango, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 25.4
... Preview: This famous one-way cruise down the well-named Hermosa Canyon (hermosa means beautiful) provides an extended dose of thrilling singletrack without much pain, and gives enthusiastic novices an unbeliev ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride"
Durango, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 19.5
... Preview: NOTE: THIS TRAIL CROSSES PRIVATE PROPERTY AND IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Locals love this foray into the gorgeous and history-charged hidden valley northwest of Durango. The views on this loop are qui ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride"
Durango, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 15
... Preview: In a region filled with hard climbs up unforgiving mining roads, this could be the toughest. At 13,114 feet above sea level, Imogene Pass is one of the taller passes around, and the second half of the ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride"
Telluride, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 14.5
... Preview: Jones Creek, Dutch Creek, Hermosa. Just mentioning the names gets the juice flowing. Using the inhospitable Pinkerton-Flagstaff Trail as a connector, this loop connects all three classic, Durango-area ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride"
Durango, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 19.5
... Preview: Unable to satisfy their intense love for mountain biking during the snowy winter months, mud-bogged Durangoans ventured south looking for dry trails. It was a natural progression. What they found, les ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride"
Farmington, NM - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10.6
... Preview: With a total length under seven miles, and a trailhead located close to town, the Log Chutes loop is a popular and attractive outing for Duranguys and Durangals who are pressed for time or simply want ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride"
Durango, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.6
... Preview: This out-and-back mini-adventure opens with a two-mile grunt up moderately chunky jeep road. The initial climb hurts quite a bit less when you consider it’s the quickest way to access the Missionary R ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride"
Durango, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 16.4
... Preview: Great, incredible, sweet, fantastic. Trying to describe Durango’s prime trail rides, I’ve used up all the words. I’m starting to sound like a talking head from the chamber of commerce. But that’s just ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride"
Silverton, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 17.7
... Preview: After winter settles into Durango, and the array of trails is neutralized by an ocean of mud, the local mountain bikers’ thoughts turn to the desert. Dry, sandy, mudless. Sure, Durangoans could pile i ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride"
Farmington, NM - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 20.1
... Preview: Lime Creek Road is best ridden as a shuttle. That’s a little hard for me to admit, because I’ve never been a huge fan of shuttles. You know: shuttles double the driving, the gas, the pollution, and al ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride"
Silverton, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 11.4
... Preview: What’s this? An easy ride on dirt in the vicinity of Durango? HOW CAN THIS BE?!!! It is not known who first hatched the idea of clearing this old rail route and thus giving local cyclists a chance to ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride"
Mancos, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 13
... Preview: In 1990, not that long ago really, American racers were on top of the mountain biking world, and the capital city of that world was Durango. That was the year the first-ever UCI-sanctioned Mountain Bi ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride"
Durango, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.3
... Preview: Above Durango, even above the mesa-top campus of Fort Lewis College, looms Raider Ridge. And all along The Ridge is a sweet technical trail that is perfect if you’re looking for an excellent, quick mo ... From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride"
Durango, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.3