Prospect Trail / Loop - TRAIL

Prospect Trail / Loop - Trail, Telluride, Colorado

New Trail as of Fall 2007! Pick up a map at local bike stores... Start at the top of the Gondola and ride towards the nature center, which is on the left. Look for Village Trail head on the right. Take the Village Trail about 1/4 mile and Prospect Trail forks off to the left. Begin a 4+ mile climb with a few nice descents in there for you to enjoy. After you go under the poma lift (around 4.25 miles in) you come out to a road. Go slight left and continue on Prospect Trail. This trail crosses a dirt road twice and dumps you out onto another one at the end. At this point you will have the option to go into Alta Lakes for a mini epic or take a right and continue on the Prospect Trail which brings you back towards Mountain Village. Keep a keen eye out for the single track trail to the right when you are on the short section of double track. The single track ends and you are on the ski area and must bushwhack down the ski runs or take the dirt roads toward the base. Super fun single track on this new trail. Great views and keeps you on your toes just enough. This is a high altitude ride starting at 10,500 and strong riders should expect 1 - 1.5 hrs to complete. I'll try to add a photo soon.

User Reviews (3)

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ABtelluride   Cross Country Rider [May 17, 2012]

This is my favorite XC trail in Telluride if I only have 2hrs or less. Lots of fun, not too much climbing. Excellent views and alpine riding. Gives the option to break off and do Alta Lakes trail for a total of 22+ miles and the local mini epic.

Customer Service

Start at top of gondola, look for trail head, or ask someone.

Similar Products Used: Village Trail, Alta Lakes, Mountain Village Bike Park
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5
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3
kdb3i   Cross Country Rider [Aug 29, 2010]

One of the best rides around Telluride for intermediate riders. Almost all single track. Starts with an overall climb with a great intermediate stop at a place called rock slide. You will not have a problem understanding the name. Then a little more climbing before coming to some rocking downhill single track that is fast and fun. You end up on the Double Cabing ski run, connecting to High Country road and then back down to Mountain village and the gondola. New signs in 2010 make this last section well marked and much easier to follow than before. This is my favorite 2 hour ride to start and end in Mountain Village.

Customer Service

Take the gondola to San Sophia station and pick up the trail there. You then end up where you started, in the Mountain Village Plaza

Similar Products Used: Locals Loop, Penelope Cruise, Alta Lakes trails, Deep Creek-Mill Creek to town, Jurasic Park to Meadows to Galloping Goose to Ilium Valley with lots of options from there. This is an awesome place to ride.
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4
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3
BSG   Cross Country Rider [Aug 16, 2008]

Prospect trail starts at the top of the gondola and head across the ski mountain under lift 4 then five into prospect basin. Most of the trail is rolling with only a few short steep climbs. Trail eventually leads to the mountain village(kinda disapears on the ski slopes). Prospect trail is also the gateway to alta lakes trail system. When combined with alta lakes to sunshine trail(t35) to galloping goose to vally floor singletrack I dare anyone to find a better ride(90 percent singletrack) Prospect trail(with prospect loop) is around 2 hours back to town. With alta lakes around 3-4hours.

Customer Service

Follow the signs. Make sure to do prospect loop adds 20 mins but worth it. Again alta lakes is the gem of Telluride.

Similar Products Used: Eider creek, mill creek, wilson mesa, East fork and many others
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5
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4
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