Alpine Riding Info: We get to recreate in a very unique and large playground. There are many different forms of travel going on at the same time, in many of the valleys. If you don't care for motorcycles, here is a suggestion. Don't ride from the boundary of Brush Creek Road to the south, all the way to Pitkin and beyond. This entire area, massive area, is posted and used by motorcycles/quads - Forest Service Travel Management legal.... period.
Every valley to the North of Brush Creek is posted and used as NON MOTORIZED. Especially on weekends it is wise to stay North of Brush Creek Road if motorized travel upsets you. There are a couple exception to this, the first one being all of the single trail known as Doctors Park Tr #424. Be aware however that there are several different shuttle services that take bike riders to the top of Doctors Park on the double trail and you may not like seeing them either. The second one is in the Cement Creek drainage on the middle part of Double Top Mountain. It is called Waterfall Creek Trail and getting to it is motorized and getting off of it onto any other trail will be motorized as well. A third exception is the Crystal Peak Trail that is off to the north near the very end of Cement Creek Road. In the latest Travel Management Plan, the FS has 'Closed' this trail to motorized traffic, so if you are really really strong you can climb it on your bike. Again, getting to the trail itself is on a road and therefore motorized and once the trail T's into the Tildon Tr. it is again motorized all the way until it joins the dc400 tr that climbs to the Crystal Saddle (Star pass). It makes no sense, but according to the law there is to be no motorcycles for 1&3/4 miles of this trail -of which the trail is in a completely motorized corridor.
Here is a list of the trails that are Non-Motorized going from Brush Creek to the north. Strand Hill, Canal Trail, Bonus Trail, Deer Creek Tr, all of the trails known as the Upper Loop area, all the trails at the Ski Station, Snodgrass Tr, Rockcreek Tr #403, Trailrider Tr #401, all the trails in the area known as the Lower Loop system, Kebler Wagon Tr #606, Lily Lake Loop, Dyke Trail, Scarps Ridge, Elk Basin Trail, West Side Cow Trail/Cliff Creek Tr, Green Lake Tr (both Wild Cat & Para ti-Para mi are motorized -as is Baxter Gulch Tr), both sections of the Lupine Tr excluding the county road portions and of course the Woods Walk/Ruby Bend area all the way out to the Lower Loop stuff.
Listing all the trails in the motorized corridors is futile. The amount of land that is open to motorized travel is beyond huge. If you really can't stand mixing it up with machines that burn dead dinosaur juice, stick to the trails on the above list.
If you would like to see a live look at the valley and its weather go to www.donitascantina.com
- scroll to the bottom of the page to see the Cantina Cam. Under the cam you will see "Additional Views" - click it........this page has four different angles in the valley to accurately show the daily weather. This is a valuable tool for helping make decisions from out of town.