BLM Route 85

Total Miles
1.0

Elevation

1,672.49 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Fall, Spring

Trail Overview

BLM Route 85 is a short single track in this trail system near Whitewater, Colorado. This trail doesn't apparently get much use, because both entrances to the trail are marked with official trail signs, but have no obvious tracks to follow leading from the signs. The tracks have either been washed away or it seldom gets ridden. You have to follow the GPS track to know where the trail is in the beginning, but the trail becomes more apparent about half way through. From the north entrance, it crosses soft dirt desert soil and drops down from a small rolling desert hill until it becomes a more defined dirt trail with small rocks. It goes into a rocky ravine that is a mix of sand and rocks but still very easy. It goes up a cool slab rock at the end with shelfy rock, rock faces, and loose rock that is difficult that takes you back up the mesa to the same road you started on. The slab rock at the end is a 4 difficulty. Overall this is a moderate trail, but it needs to get ridden more in order to beat in the trail in the beginning and ending.

Difficulty

The difficulty comes from the one big rock slab ledge section, and having to route find, since there are no tracks to follow at the beginning.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

There are no status reports yet for this trail.

Access Description

This is part of a small trail system near Whitewater, Colorado accessed off of Bean Ranch Road. Take Bean Ranch Road south of Highway 50 until you reach a dirt staging area. There are several short ATV trails and dirt bike trails, and jeep roads to explore. The highlight of visiting this area is the view overlooking the Gunnison River from the rim of the canyon above. This is a lightly trafficked zone, and you may not see any other riders even on a beautiful spring weekend. Visit in fall or spring to avoid the summer heat.

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