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I was going to go up on the Uncompagre and ride Blue Creek Trail. I know COPMOBA just did some work up there. I have never ridden it. Does anyone have any advice? Out and back. Is there a loop? How far down the Blue Creek can you ride? Thanks.
 

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I was going to go up on the Uncompagre and ride Blue Creek Trail. I know COPMOBA just did some work up there. I have never ridden it. Does anyone have any advice? Out and back. Is there a loop? How far down the Blue Creek can you ride? Thanks.
Just did that one yesterday with Kevin. It was a great ride as an out and back although you could likely loop it with some of the atv/moto trails at the bottom. A nice followup to a day of Turkey Flats and a long day on the Grand Mesa. Really fun ride though it did get pretty hot on the way back out. There are a couple rough patches and one short section with some thick brush hanging over the trail. I'd say definitely check it out and it should only get better with more people up there getting it ridden in a little. There is a new map for the area posted just off the left side of the road before the trailhead parking if you want to scout out some loop options. Also might want to bring a bear bell if you have one and are going solo, there are some tracks and other signs that there are a bear or two that hang out on the lower portion of the trail.
 

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Looks like an out-and-back on blue creek is the best way from the map. No time next week to ride it though. Up Little fork and down Corral fork as lariate loop is another nice ride that needs more bike traffic. Its all cut out and very fast. No cows or manure yet either. Views over Gateway to the LaSals are spectacular.
 

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Looks like an out-and-back on blue creek is the best way from the map. No time next week to ride it though. Up Little fork and down Corral fork as lariate loop is another nice ride that needs more bike traffic. Its all cut out and very fast. No cows or manure yet either. Views over Gateway to the LaSals are spectacular.
Good call there, got to do that one last year and it is an excellent ride as well. It was suffering from lack of riders at the time also. Both are well worth the drive time to check out.
 

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I drew out a loop for blue creek. Seems it is good out and back, but maybe a loop can go down blue creek and climb out mailibox. see attached map. Does anyone know if this would be a good loop?
 

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We rode Blue Creek Trail today. I wanted to post my thoughs on how to ride it since there does not seem to be a lot of info out there. The ST down Blue Creek is overall very good. There are a few spots of overgrowth and one nasty stinging nettle. We rode down Blue Creek and up the Mailbox ATV Trail. That was a mistake. The best thing to do is out and back Blue Creek. The ATV Trail is loose. The trail is mostly small rocks and powder dirt from the ATV grinding process. It makes a nice loop if the conditions were better. Below is the Map. Sorry the resolution is low, but MTBR only allows files under 200k.
 

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Scary Mc said:
Is Blue Creek a seasonal or perrenial stream?
Looks like it runs all the time we were there mid August and it was much more than a trickle. You don't cross water much however.
 
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