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Portland Trail

Average Rating:    (4.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

Short, fun singletrack. Mostly fast, several switchbacks, some minor rooty sections. Climb isn''t too long, once you get to the top you get a good view across the valley toward Mt. Sneffels. Descent is fun. Don''t make the mistake of climbing the jeep road, it''s steep and boring.
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Latitude
38.015843000448335
Longitude
-107.66352653503418
Trail Directions
South from town about .5 miles, left at Amphitheater Recreational Area turn-off. Catch jeep road on the right, climb ~200 yards. Singletrack is on the left, follow the signs for the Portland Trail
Trail Length
not enough Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Ouray
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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
August 8, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ralph C ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is great trail that goes into the heart of the Amphitheater with spectacular views. I took Jonny C's route (thanks); and consider this a challenging ride. I ride 3 to 4 times a week in Durango; and it took me 1 hour & 10 minutes to do the loop (with rest). I rode from the USFS campground; and including the 1 mile of asphalt, my ride was 1 hour and 30 minutes.

The trail includes 1,070 feet of climbing with multiple swithbacks and rooty ascents. I dismounted about a dozen times to get over some steep roots; but this really did not interfere with the flow of the ride. The trail gets less technical as you go along; and there are some real long stretches of good climbing.

The view at the top is spectacular; and well worth it. The descent is a little overgrown and technical. I dismounted about 6 times coming down; but better riders (downhillers) should do fine.




Recommended Route:
Ride counter clockwise (Blue to Blue-Dash, to Red, to Red-Dash and back to Blue. I imagine an advance rider can do the loop in 45 minutes; and a less advanced rider will take no more than 2 hours.

See link to Map.

http://ouraytrails.org/Amphitheater.gif

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Concrete trail in Ridgeway is fun (3 Miles); and connects to loop Mtn Bike trail system. I did not ride the MTB; but it looks to be a lunch loop type trainer ride in open country, with about 200-300 feet of climbing.



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Review Date
June 7, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: JohnnyU ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is a real gem. It's the one that started all of the magic for me, and quite honestly 95% of the other trails I ride just don't match up. That being said, nobody knows about this trail and I've rarely run into other bikers, let alone hikers. Grew up in Ouray and this trail was an excursion once every couple days. So, mtn. bikers, next time you're on your way to Telluride or Durango, swing by Ouray for this one.

Details: for the real roundtrip version park your car down in Ouray and bike up Red Mountain Pass (2 miles) to the trailhead. Ride the trail up to the point when you're literally in the bowl of the amphitheater (you'll know what I mean when you get there, about 3 miles up). You're surrounded by Peaks. This is the top of the trail, although it looks like the trail keeps going. Another trail splits off to the left, take that one back instead of going back down the way you came up. This way down is more technical, roots and rocks in the path, nothing too insane though. Just coast down the trail with your hands on both brakes, hopping off the rocks and roots. A few miles of this and you'll want to do it again, it's incredible.
Another great benefit to parking down in Ouray is that once you're done with the trail, coast down the highway into town. Great high speed icing on the cake.



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Review Date
September 30, 2005

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: bstiff ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
We rode up the Portland Mine Road, thinking it would be a better climb than the Portland Mine Trail. Boy, were we wrong. The descent on the trail was a blast, but the climb on the road was misery. Based on the apparent limited ridable singletrack in the area, I'll give this one 4 flamin' chiles for the out-and-back, trail-up, trail-down route.



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