Muddy Creek to Where Stuff Gets Real

Total Miles


2686.8 ft



Technical Rating



Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This route will take you on a lesser traveled single track trail that is very easy other than the crossing of bear creek to a very difficult and technical single track. The first mile and half are very green and lush as you follow and even ride in muddy creek. You will get wet on this ride so plan accordingly. After you turn onto Where Stuff Gets Real the trail switches up the mountain across large rock and root obstacles to Big Elk Mountain. This is one of the hardest lengths of single track in the Caribou Range so be forewarned but very rewarding with amazing sweeping views of Palisades and the Sheep Creek area across the reservoir. Cell service is available once on Where Stuff Gets Real. It is highly discouraged to cross Bear Creek to start this ride unless it is July as it is very easy to swamp a bike as the runoff is very high. The upper portion of Where Stuff Gets Real also has lots of snow prior to the beginning of July so plan accordingly.


Lots of large rock and root obstacles that are well over a foot and half on extremely steep inclines. Also Bear Creek can be difficult to cross when it is deep.

Technical Rating


Access Description

Park at the Bear Creek trailhead at 43.27608, -111.23229