Going Places: Tales from the road: Telluriding, cont.
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A longer trail for strong climbers is Sheep Creek, a ten-mile, two-hour loop. This ride is a fall classic because of the dense stands of aspen trees. The trail starts with tough, technical climbing on overgrown jeep roads and singletrack, followed by an hourlong descent on fast, smooth trails. After weaving through a series of steep, tight
Expert riders in search of a challenge should head straight for the Wasatch, arguably the most difficult rideable trail in the country. The route starts by climbing 4,300 feet up the end of the Telluride canyon in seven miles, leaving you feeling not a little like a roller-coaster car clicking up the big hill. The physical difficulty of the climb is compounded by the
Perhaps the best part of a biking vacation to Telluride is the number of options just outside the immediate vicinity. You can easily add a one- or two-day trip to any of the famous, aforementioned biking towns surrounding Telluride. Or if you have an extra week, book a trip on the San Juan Hut System, which travels 240 miles from Telluride to
Freelance writer Dave Rich is author of Tellurides: The mountain bike guide to Telluride
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