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5 Days Rockies Mountain Bike Tour in Colorado, USA
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Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA

Adventurous Bike Tour in USA

Bring yourself in this adventurous mountain biking along Durango singletrack! The expert guides will take you on some of the areas' most classic routes, as well as a few special home-cooked secrets that surprise even Durango veterans. This tour is for high-intermediate to advanced riders with above average fitness and polished technical riding skills. Escape Adventures loves mountain biking and wants you to try more trails and new destinations you’ll love too.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Terrain: Challenging singletrack with climbs
  • Difficulty level: Challenging (Cyclist needs to have a high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs/or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Total distance: 100 miles / 161 kilometers
  • Average elevation: 1829 - 2500 meters / 6000 - 8200 feet
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike (not included in the price)
  • E-bike: Not available to rent for permit reasons

Highlights

  • Biking in a challenging trails
  • A chance to hit the favorite Dry Fork Loop
  • Excellent backcountry trails with a panoramic view
  • Experienced leaders during your tour
  • Available 4WD supported vehicle
  • Daily freshly prepared meals
  • 4-night accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


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Accommodation

You will be accommodated at a camp. The tent is a three-man tent with fly and ground tarp, three-season 30-degree sleeping bag, a camp pillow (you provide the pillowcase), and a self-inflating ground pad included.

You can expect scenic and serene campgrounds, starry skies or full moons, indoor facilities and hot showers (at most campgrounds), or private solar showers and warm, cozy campfires. Some of the camps have hot showers available at least every other night if not more often. These showers are usually at nearby outdoor country stores or cabins. Solar showers (solar heated portable showers) are also available (but if the sun is not out, they won’t be hot).

Program

Itinerary

This is a general itinerary and may vary. Escape Adventures reserves the right to make changes due to weather, local conditions, government intervention, or any unforeseen reasons that may affect the quality of the trip and / or safety of the participants.

Day 1: Hermosa Creek Trail

After the pickup and orientation, you will begin the ride on a true Durango classic. After a quick ford of Hermosa Creek, the guides will lead you south down the Hermosa Creek Trail. Like every day, you’ll be at the end of the trail waiting with refreshments and snacks.

  • Total mileage: 20 miles

Day 2: Jones Creek Trail

Today’s ride is physically challenging but simply amazing and well worth your effort. You’ll start by climbing up Jones Creek Trail through thousands of turning aspens. Soon, you will top out near the Hermosa Cliffs and stop for a breather and take in the epic views of the Weminuche Wilderness. As you turn onto the Pinkerton Flagstaff Trail, the yellow canopy will remain, but the climbing gets a bit more challenging. It’s quite common to do a little pushing in this section. Views both east and west will keep your mind off the climb! Soon, you’ll swing onto the Dutch Creek Trail. The first few miles of the Dutch Creek Trail are a mix of double track and forest service road, but it quickly turns to single track. The vistas from this first leg of single track are legendary.

The Weminuche comes back into view on the left and the La Plata Mountains reveal themselves to the right. It’s a great place to stop for photos and to soak it all in. Hold on to your knickers - the soak is over and you’re headed downhill on one of the best descents in all Durango. The trail now hugs Dutch Creek itself which you will cross many times as you weave through aspen groves through open meadows and over technical root and rock. A final little climb spills you out onto the tail end of Hermosa Creek Trail and a smooth cruise back to the shuttle van.

  • Total mileage: 20 miles

Day 3: The Dry Fork Loop

Today, you hit a local’s favorite: the Dry Fork Loop. This ride is perfect for a mid‐week recovery. The single track climb starts in the high desert scrub oak and ascends to a thick forest of aspen, spruce, and Ponderosa pine. The climb is generally very gradual and mild. Eventually, you connect to the Colorado Trail and finish on a fast flowy descent back the waiting van.

  • Total mileage: 12 miles

Day 4: Kennebec Pass to Durango

Kennebec Pass to Durango, a 5,000-foot descent, it is a true Durango classic. Weather permitting, this ride starts at tree line and immediately sends you on a thrill ride down narrow single track hugging the mountainside.

After regrouping at the Champion Venture Road crossing (the alternate start if snow is an issue), the downhill bonanza continues through thick, forested single track, past a gorgeous waterfall and finally onto the rocky single track cutting through the lush vegetation alongside Junction Creek. Wide‐eyed and grinning, you’ll regroup again at the Wall’s Gulch Bridge and start a heavy climb away from Junction Creek. The top of the climb makes for a great snack location. Refueled, you’ll take the time traversing up and down on narrow single track through a variety of aspen and pine forest.

The beauty of the single track in this area is the stuff of which magazine photo spreads are made. Finally, you’ll reach what the locals call highpoint, named for its status as a turnaround for riders climbing up from Durango. They climb, you descend. The downhill buzz continues for another 2,500 feet of great Colorado Trail single track to the Junction Creek Trailhead, the southern terminus of the Colorado Trail.

  • Total mileage: 20 - 25 miles

Day 5: The Townie Ride

Durango is famous for its many backcountry trails, but locals know that a spider web of excellent routes is right in and around town. Escape Adventures has found that this is a great way to leave a lasting impression on the guests - live a day in the life of a Durango mountain biker. You’ll start with a breakfast at the area cycling hive, bread, where there’s a good chance of spotting one of Durango’s many local pros. This bakery serves up a delicious variety of croissants, bagels, cookies, bread, muffins, and many more aromatic treats.

Once you’ve had the fill and crammed the packs with extra goodies for the ride, you’ll climb up the tight single track of two new connector trails recently constructed by the local advocacy group, Trails 2000. The top of this climb rewards you with a panoramic view of Durango, the Animas River Valley, and the San Juan Mountains.

The terrain here is high desert, which you will certainly notice as you snake through junipers and pinon pines. Soon, you’ll turn south into the Telegraph Trail System, called Horse Gulch by the locals; the trail system, International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) designated an IMBA Epic. The Telegraph Trail System includes over 30 miles of single track for you to choose from, but rather than outline the route in advance, you like to gauge the mood of the group and pick a few loops to please everyone.

  • Total mileage: 25 miles

Meeting information

  • Location: Pedal the Peaks Bike Shop
  • Address: 598 Main Ave, Durango, Colorado 81301
  • Time: 07:00
  • You will return to Durango around 16:00 on the last day.

Specific trip tips

  • You are expected to arrive in Durango at least 12 hours prior to your departure time in order to have time to rest before the tour
  • Eating breakfast before meeting the group on day one is advised as lunch will be the first meal provided.

How to prepare

The adventures are made up of fun, energetic sports that can be enjoyed by everyone. Since outdoor activity is as strenuous as you make it, it is important to remember that the more prepared you are for a tour, the more fun you will have and the further you will be able to go. You will benefit the most by prior conditioning and experience.

If you are joining on a cycling trip, Escape Adventures encourages you to exercise at least several hours a week up to a month prior to the trip departure. Some time each day goes a very long way. During the tour, you will be on your bike every day and Escape Adventures can assure you that an unprepared bottom is a sore one. If you can’t ride your bike or don’t own one, take a spin class at your local gym a few times a week. Your level of fitness does affect how much you enjoy your tour.

Preparing for a tour at high elevations

Many of the summer adventures take place at high elevations. Most people acclimate easily and without incident; however, it is best to be prepared and recognize symptoms when they occur. Being well hydrated before the tour begins and a good level of fitness will help. Many of the high elevation tours offer an easy first day to help people acclimate. Ibuprofen and other light pain relievers can help with headaches. The most common side effects are a headache, loss of appetite, and sleeplessness. The guides are well trained to recognize altitude symptoms and will offer suggestions on how to manage them.

The guides

Escape Adventures' guides are the best in the business! Trained personally by the owners, the guides understand the areas you ride and the safety of the group.

The support vehicles

For more than a decade, Escape Adventures has been designing the custom fleet of 4×4 trucks, vans, and trailers with rack systems made exclusively for backcountry adventure touring. The support vehicle and driver becomes your own personal support system, bringing you food and drink, carrying your gear safely through the mountains, and lending a bench for a soft ride at your convenience. The exclusive fleet is custom built to go further in the backcountry so you can see places you never knew existed.

Location

This bike tour will take place in the Durango area, Colorado, USA. The singletrack and scenery of the Durango High Country tour are second to none. The San Juan Mountain Range has been referred to as “America’s Alps”, a comparison with which you will agree.

Food

This tour includes all meals starting with lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day. The guides lovingly prepare meals for the trip with an emphasis on fresh, local, and organic foods, ensuring you have the fuel you need to ride, and a delicious meal at the same time- including dessert. Most dinners and breakfasts will be at local restaurants. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. You can expect to eat only freshly prepared foods at each meal.

You will eat three meals a day and always have fresh vegetables and fruit available. Breakfast favorites include blueberry pancakes, huevos rancheros, and crepes. Lunches include delicacies such as Greek salad, veggie-feta wraps, and pasta. Appetizers, like bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, and crudité compliment elaborate salads and pastries. Dinner entreés, such as polenta lasagna, steak, salmon, and deep dish pizza are delicious when baked in a Dutch oven or grilled over an open fire. Desserts range from pineapple upside down cake to chocolate fondue. If you have special diet requirements, it can be accommodated with prior notice. Vegans and vegetarians are no problem.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Biking along the challenging trails
  • 2 well-trained tour guides
  • A 4WD support vehicle
  • Transportation during the tour
  • A mobile first aid and mechanic station
  • Backcountry permits, licenses, and park fees
  • Community gear and the souvenir shirt
  • Group kitchen and camp gear
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Daily meals from lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day
  • 4 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Rental bike
  • Airfare to and from your departure point
  • Lodging before or after the tour
  • Personal items and camping gear
  • Gratuities to Escape Adventures guides
  • Transportation to and from the trip

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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