Cross Creek Trail For Mountain Biking
The 135th most popular mountain bike trail in Colorado.
Saturday 24 September 2016 05:25 GMT
Northwest of Eagle, the Cross Creek Trail (#1855) is a 6.5 mile one-way route open to mountain biking. The Cross Creek trail runs parallel to Sweetwater Canyon and quickly drops down into a lush aspen forest in the first 1/2 mile and crosses Lake Creek, before ascending a steep sagebrush and scrub oak hill. At the Lake Creek crossing there is a short steep offshoot from the trail that takes you to a small privately owned cave where visitors are welcome. The cave entrance has charcoal pictographs of horses and bison made by the Ute Indians over 150-200 years ago (Please be respectful of the pictographs). At about 2 1/2 miles the trail forks, follow the right fork heading along the same direction as the canyon, to the left is Prospect- FDT 1867, this will lead you back to the Ute Trail - FDT 2031. As the trail enters a large wet meadow, it becomes faint, but continues again straight across near an aspen group, from this point on the trail is fairly level passing through spruce/ fir forests with some aspen. After crossing the Dry Sweetwater Creek the trail ends connecting onto Sweetwater- FDT 1854, this trail can be utilized to return back to the Sweetwater Lake area, about 2 miles northwest of Sweetwater Campground. Early summer is the best time to find excellent displays of lupine, white and purple peavine, flax, sulfur flowers, wild geraniums, locoweed and scarlet gilia.
To reach the mountain biking trailhead from Eagle, travel west on US70 for 13 miles to the Dotsero exit. Follow the signs north for Sweetwater, turning north onto the Colorado River Road. Follow this road for 7 miles. Turn left onto Sweetwater Creek Road. and travel 10.5 miles until you get to the Sweetwater Campground. The trail is accessed by using the Ute Trail, FDT 2031 for a 0.25 mile.
Overall, Cross Creek Trail is the 135th most popular mountain bike trail of all 175 mountain biking rides in Colorado.