679 Tornado Alley

Total Miles
3.4

Elevation

2,686.91 ft

Duration

0.75 Hours

Technical Rating

7

Difficult

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Tornado Alley is a technical single track in Rampart Range with several advanced rock problems. Starting on Jackson Creek South Road, it crosses over the creek on a wooden bridge and then climbs straight up from the creek. It's steep and would be a tricky climb for an inexperienced rider. It continues as a narrow shelfy single track on the side of a mountain, sometimes up against granite boulder walls. It has several switchbacks that aren't too difficult and are like long sweeping hairpin turns, but sometimes with embedded boulders. This trail has tons of elevation gain, as it climbs over 1,000 feet in 3.6 miles. There are several rock obstacles made up of embedded slab rock and the trail goes up big boulders where you need to stay on the high points to avoid getting pinched between the rocks. It also goes through rock pinches. There are a couple of splits for double black diamond versus single black diamond and an optional Rock Loop. The Rock Loop gets you up on top of a huge boulder spine, and you ride along the slab rock face with a couple of rock ledges. The Rock Loop can be totally bypassed if you choose not to ride it. Overall this trail is pretty difficult because of many frequent rock problems and is one of the harder single tracks in the area.

Difficulty

This is an advanced single track due to many technical rock problems including big rock ledges and pinches all throughout the trail.

Technical Rating

7

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Access Description

The Rampart Range Recreation Area is an extensive trail system in the Pike National Forest southwest of Sedalia, Colorado. There are several trailheads, but it is most commonly accessed from the north off of North State Highway 67. This is a highly maintained and regulated trail system; make sure you have your OHV registration card and decals. There are first-come-first-serve paid campsites and several restrooms. The area closes seasonally by December 1st and reopens in the spring sometime in April or May based on weather and mud conditions. All ATV trails in the area are designated for vehicles 50 inches or less and are mostly easy to intermediate difficulty, while the single tracks are more difficult. Note that only licensed vehicles are allowed on Rampart Range Road, so there are often separate trailheads at the start and end of each trail.

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