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MUSHROOM ROCKS

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

SOME VERY CHALLENGING CLIMBING INITIALLY.ROLLING TERRAIN ONCE UPON PLATEAU. HIGH PLAINS/WOODED DESERT RIDING. LOOPS AND MORE LOOPS. OCCASIONAL DRY EROSION.
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Latitude
39.41892235903359
Longitude
-107.22068309783936
Trail Directions
AT INTERSECTION OF HWY 82 AND 133 BEGIN IN PARKING LOT AT NORTH SIDE OF INTERSECTION. IF DRIVING, YOU MAY PARK HERE. EXCELLENT TOPO GUIDE TRAIL MAP PLAQUE IN PARKING LOT FOR 2002. BEST MID-ALTITUDE RIDING IN THE WHOLE VALLEY WITH HUGE VIEWS OF MT.SOPRIS/CARBONDALE.
Trail Length
14-17+MILES, LOOPS VARY
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Carbondale
   


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
April 21, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: gtrantow ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Good early season riding but damn hot in the summer. Some climbs are very technical but always rewarded with intermediate singletrack...just get up to the next level and enjoy!

Recommended Route:
Follow signs up gulch trail to blue ribbon to ridge trail to top. From Top of Mushroom go down roller coaster to Fairie trail to Bogus to Blue Ribbon and down to parking lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Elk Traverse from Fairie Trail to outer loop is a great ride with some very technical climbing but rewarding top plateau.



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Review Date
April 21, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: gtrantow ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Good introduction.

Recommended Route:
Follow signs up gulch trail to blue ribbon to ridge trail to top. From Top of Mushroom go down roller coaster to Fairie trail to Bogus to Blue Ribbon and down to parking lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Elk Traverse to outer loop is a great ride with some very technical climbing but rewarding top plateau.



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Review Date
May 28, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Doug Parks , from Aspen

Summary:
Parking at 6160' elevation, plateau varies up to 6680' and as high as 7160' elevation on the Northside Loop.
it will take 3 or 4+ hours, or even a couple of rides to ride everything up here. Short rides are an hour or less.

Recommended Route:
I usually ride up Three Gulch trail to the first summit of the plateau. Then breifly on Blue ribbon to Roller coaster up & down, then continue straight down until Faerie trail loop is on your left.
Return on Bogus trail on right. Ride down to parking Lot on Mushroom rocks trail, or three gulch trail. Or for more climbing(or sometimes pushing and walking) head up Elk mtn. traverse on your left from Faerie Trail. It is worth it! You will find excellent trail riding after this second long climb. Outer loop, and Sage loop are shortest, and Northside loop is longest. These trails are not so incredibly difficult,( but can be dangerous in sections to any inexperienced riders!) but are still definitely challenging even for full time experts and locals. It is not all easy.
Weekends are a little too busy, this is a very busy and popular area for hikers and bikers.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Boy Scout trail.(of course) Or Coal Basin Road from Redstone, up trail 1954 (Braderich creek) to Perham creek downhill. Ashcroft to Cr. Butte.



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