St. Elmo, Alpine Tunnel, CDT Loop
This loop ride has got it all: a ghost town; lots of mining history; truly spectacular views; rugged, primitive singletrack; and a brand new, smokin’ fast, super flowy singletrack descent.
We start and end in the historic town of St. Elmo, an attraction unto itself. From there we warm up with several miles of mellow climbing along a road that used to be a railroad grade. From this road we’ll actually see the entire mountain that we circumnavigate. We’ll pass lots of historic mining relics on our way up to the Alpine Tunnel, now collapsed. Two and a half miles of primitive, above-treeline singletrack will take us past a small alpine lake and through some serious elk country. Although primitive, the trail is fun to ride, which is why we always wonder why we never see anyone up there. The views are ridiculous and so expansive that cameras just can’t capture it all. We finish with a fast, flowy descent on brand new singletrack that’s a stark comparison to the primitive singletrack we’ve just ridden. This descent is seriously fun – we guarantee you’ll be hootin’ and hollerin’.
Duration: 5-7 hours
Difficulty: Solid intermediate to advanced (high altitude climbing and primitive, technical singletrack)
Trail: dirt road and singletrack
Rates: $195 per person. Includes: aluminium full suspension mountain bike; guide; shuttle; lunch; and water bottle. (Two person minimum. Solo riders $60 up-charge.)
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