(Last Updated On: November 12, 2008)
Brittany and I rode this around the same time that our Thrillhead blogs went down, so even though it is now ski season, I thought I would put up some biking photos.
Trail 413 is one of my favorite rides in Gunnison county. The descent is steep and technical, and you’re unlikely to see other people on it once you get off the Gunnison spur trail. The ride starts at the dinner station campground near Taylor reservoir, and is about 18 miles long, almost all of it on singletrack. It usually takes me about 2 and a half hours ride time, but it can easily take 5 hours. The first part of the trail is on the Gunnison Spur of the Colorado Trail, a terrific trail that has been somewhat ruined by dirtbikes like a lot of other trails in the area. Brittany on a short downhill section of the Gunnison Spur, heading towards Matchless Mountain:
Eventually, the trail contours around the shores of the lake. While the downhill starts near treeline, the ending is in open sage country. Eventually the trail ends where the Taylor river goes into the lake, which is often a deep dangerous crossing, so this ride is best done when the water levels go back down in August or September. One more shot of Brittany near the reservoir: