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Colorado Trail: Frontier Ranch - South Cottonwood

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

A beautiful subalpine section of Colorado Trail Segment 13 (see http://www.coloradotrail.org/segments.html) between South Cottonwood (Chaffee County Roads 343-344) and Frontier Ranch/Mt. Princeton Hot Springs area (Chaffee County Roads 322-321-162). NG Trails Illustrated maps 129 & 130. Also see http://arkvalleymtb.com/arkvalleymtb_038.htm. Trailhead on map is southern terminus at intersection w/ Chaffee County 322. There is room at the trailhead for one or two vehicles to park. More parking at Frontier Ranch. More parking at northern terminus at Chaffee County 344 but most people ride from south. See reviews for why.
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Latitude
38.748058944197844
Longitude
-106.18787169456482
Trail Length
8.4 lot to lot; 7.3 post to post
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Buena Vista
State/Territory/Province
CO
Zip/Postal Code
81211
Country
US
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Review Date
August 17, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: JCastelli ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Very nice trail. Tough climb on dirt road from Mt Princeton lot. Once on the trail, it levels out with down and ups every few minutes for drainages. Trail is shaded and smooth in most parts, with only a few rocky sections. Pretty easy riding except for the river/drainage sections where I walked a few of them. Great views in spots. I did out and back from Fromtier Ranch, back was a lot faster due to downhill, and good fun.



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Review Date
June 10, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Da Chetster ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a well-established and very well-maintained trail because it is part of the Colorado Trail. Having been designed and built primarily as a backpacker trail, there are no extremely severe grades although there are a few short steep pitches. Most of this stretch is in woods with occasional breaks across old avalanche paths.

The map shows the actual southern trailhead where one or two vehicles van park if you want to avoid riding up from Frontier Ranch. Most locals rise south to north and do not descend into South Cottonwood unless they are doing a shuttle, are being picked up, or are riding back into town. The reason is the climb up out of South Cottonwood is pretty steep with a few tight turns (not quite switchbacks but tight) and the soil is usualy loose by late spring. The south-to-north ride has some climbing but coming back is really fast.

There are several stream crossings and most have log footbridges. There are some fairly tight turns around the apexes of draws & drainages but most can be negotiated on the bike. There are a few really nice rock gardens with baby heads. Though few in number, some loose off-camber spots can be troublesome and can wash you out if you drift too far to the low side.

For views, sounds, and fragrances, spring and aspen season in late September are the best times to ride this trail. There are some really nice primitive campsites along this stretch so if you're through riding or just want to get away, this is a fantastic area. There are a couple of spurs toward the northern end that afford wonderful views of Maxwell Park and Buena Vista below as well as great campsites.

The folks at the Trailhead/Trailhead Cycle & Ski at 707 Highway 24 N in BV really know the area well so stop in to check with them.

Recommended Route:
South to north; begin where shown on map at intersection of the CT singletrack and Chaffee County 322 unless you like to/need to climb up 322 from the parking area at the Frontier Ranch gate. Turn around when it becomes obvious you are descending into South Cottonwood.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Similar trails in area: CT from Twin Lakes to Half Moon Campground; CT from Raspberry Gulch to Angel of Shavano; St. Elmo-Alpine Tunnel Loop includes some alpine riding. Buena Vista area has many others with varied terrain, including high desert.



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