Colorado Creek Trail For Mountain Biking
The 5th most popular mountain bike trail in Alaska.
Friday 22 July 2016 01:35 GMT
Northeast of Fairbanks in the White Mountains National Recreation Area, the Colorado Creek Trail is a 23 mile roundtrip mountain bike route. The Colorado Creek Trail begins at the Tolovana River bridge at milepost 57 on the Elliott Highway. It follows the Duncan Creek drainage eastward approximately 13 trail miles to the boundary of the White Mountains National Recreation Area. It rolls along a double-track past glaciation up to an old miners cabin past great views. The old cabin is stocked and can be rented for $25 per night. The wildlife is quite diverse with moose, wolf, fox and mink in the area.
This part of the mountain bike trail goes through areas of open meadows, mixed with spruce and birch trees. From the trailhead (612 feet elevation), the trail climbs gently for about ten miles, increasing in steepness for the next three miles to a point where it breaks out on top of the ridgeline (1,625 feet). This is an old burn area that overlooks a large, open meadow with the Beaver Creek drainage and the White Mountains visible in the distance. About a half-mile past the ridgeline, the trail forks with the right trail (Big Bend Trail) leading 0.5 miles to the cabin and the left leading 9 miles to Beaver Creek.
This trail leaves the Colorado Creek Trailhead at mile 57 Elliott Highway and parallels the Tolovana River and Duncan Creek drainages before crossing the ridge and entering the White Mountains NRA.
In the winter there is usually enough snow to travel this trail from November through early April. Not recommended for summer use due to wet and boggy trail conditions. Note: Moderate to heavy use by snowmobiles with moderate dog sledding and skier use. This area is open to summer use of motorized vehicles weighing less than 1,500 lbs. G.V.W..
Overall, Colorado Creek Trail is the 5th most popular mountain bike trail of all 26 mountain biking rides in Alaska. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Colorado Creek Trail including Ester Dome Trails, Moose Creek Bluff Trail, Four Mile Ridge Trail, Trail Creek, O'Brien Creek Trail and Wickersham Creek TrailUpper Fossil Creek Trail.