Final Draft of the 2019 Shortie Loopy Loop Cues. All Milages Are Approximate. I would suggest using a GPX track as well as the cues for reference. GPX tracks will be forthcoming,
***Group Start: Downtown Gunnison, IOOF Park. August 31, 4:AM.
Any Route thru Gunny to Airport Rd to CR39 to Gravel Path to Mergilman Pond to CR38/Gold Basin Rd is fine. Grand Depart will have neutral lead out start to CR38.
As road begins to climb look for large dirt parking lot on right @~4 miles. Welcome to Hartman’s Rocks. (Best to preview the trails the route takes so as to make the many turns smoother)
Climb Jacks Trail, starts just past bathroom. Hartmans section is basically going Jacks, Becks, Rocky Ridge, Broken Shovel, BLM3565 to 3550, to Back In, BLM 3575 to Outback, BLM3550 down to Skull By Pass. Cross Beaver Creek on bridge, Aberdeen Access Trail to East Aberdeen/First Option, to BLM3054 to Pole Creek Rd, To Willow Creak Rd3043, to HWY149, to Hwy 50 going east back towards Gunny.
@~mile28.5 turn Left Onto N Beaver Creek RD/726, steep gravel road above trailer home, climb, drop into drainage, turn right on FS726 and climb for a while, like 16 miles!
Stay on main road, climb forever. Top out in one of my favorite spots, Holy Smokes!!! Roll along for bit, road dead ends@~mile45, look for vague FS Trail Little Mill Crk dropping off to the right thru grass into the dark timber. Descend Steeply, super rugged and fun descent. T with Canal Trail, turn left pass beaver pond/erosion. After less than a half a mile look for a trail dropping off to the right. Descends steeply for about a mile to Mill Creek RD3118, take 3118 right, all the way to paved Ohio Creek Rd/CR730 @mile 52, turn left and head north on good paved road. Pavement Ends, Continue straight/North on towards Ohio Pass on RD 730. Look for great little spring on your right,~mile 59.4, after a small downhill, still on the wide gravel road, tucked in a bit, but hard to miss.
Begin the climb up Ohio Pass, @ mile 67.8, just before steep switchback look for dirt road going off to the right/east, Carbon Creek Road. Take Road to Carbon Creek Trail. Take Carbon Creek to Baxter’s Gulch, Climb/Descend to HWY 135, Turn Left, Descend into Crested Butte @~mile 75. Take any route thru CB. You will exit Crested Butte on East Elk Ave, to Town Ranch(wide gravel) and climb Tony’s Trail, then Right/South on Upper Upper, Stay Left on Main Trail/Bridges to Brush Creek Rd, this area can be a bit confusing as there are many trails and not all are signed. Old Upper Upper or Bridges are both fine for getting to Brush, don’t stress (but don’t take whetstone vista).
Take Brush Creek Rd 738, @~mile 83.5, look for trail going straight at switchback, “Death Pass/Trl 409.1a”, take trail, road is fine too, just climbs a bit more. At about 87 miles, turn Right onto Block n Tackle Trail 545, take BNT trail up and over to Cement Crk Trail 612, go Right/South. @mile 94 hit Cement Creek Road at switchback, turn Left/Cross Creek on Bridge and Climb. After less than .5 mile, turn off Road onto wide single track “short cut” to Reno Road. Hit Reno Road, turn Right & Climb to top. @mile~98, hit top, look for Flag Creek Trl422, straight ahead dropping off other side. Descend! Hit intersection in trees, turn Right, drop and cross creek. Now on Bear Creek TRl 415. Climb trail to dead end road, take road back onto Bear Creek Trail 415 part II, descend! @mile 107 hit 3 way intersection. Turn Left/South onto lower Deadmans, descend crossing the creek many times. Hit intersection with Rosebud Trl, turn left and cross gate and creek get onto rough rocky road744.2c, for about a mile.
@T with Spring Crk Road 744, turn Left and climb slightly on wide gravel road. @mile 112, turn Right onto Rocky Brook RD 748, soon climb a bit more steeply. @~mile115, almost to the top of climb, Right onto Dustin Gulch RD746, then Matchless Trl413, .5 mile later. Climb Matchless Trl to DR’s Park Trail @Mile 117.5, turn Left onto Dr’s Trl424. Climb and descend N/E towards Dinner Station/Taylor Park. Cross Taylor River on Bridge. Take Trl 600 along a few campground areas, paralleling the main road on your Left. T into Taylor Rd 742, turn Right/South for about a mile, turn Left onto FS RD 671, can be gated. Climb 671, good road for quite a while, gets steeper, rockier towards the top.
Road 671 ends, steep trail continues towards Timberline trail, Climb, Hike a Bike!!! take Right/South onto Timberline Trl 414, roll along. Look for easy to miss intersection with Texas Ridge Trl 571. Take Texas Ridge Trl, faint at times, but so much fun! Eventually T into Road, go Left onto 755.1C, curves around and drops to Texas Creek Rd 755, turn Right onto 755, take out to Taylor Rd 742, turn Left/South. Take 742 to Taylor Park Trading Post, just off 742. Resupply!
Very Briefly head towards Tin Cup on 55/765, look for RD 752/Union Park RD, right across from Trading Post. Climb, descend into Union Park. Stay on 752 thru Union Park, head towards Gold Creek/752.3b. Climb Gold Creek Trl 427, steep, hike a bike! Top out and descend into Gold Creek. Rowdy Sauce!!! At Campground turn Right/North and begin Fossil Ridge Trl478. Climb and climb, then roll and descend and climb, over and over. Rough, rugged and beautiful. After long rolling descent into McIntyre Gulch, stay Right, then look for Beaver/McIntyre Trl 472, a rolling 4wheeler Trl. T into One Mile RD 586, turn Left and climb. Top out on nice saddle. Descend Lost Canyon Rd743 for just .5 of a mile!!! At unmarked/gated road intersection look for faint trail paralleling road on other side of creek, just past green gate. Old Gunnison Spur of the CT. Descend fun/faint old cow trail. Hit Road, go straight across and follow along on fence line trail. Top out and hop wire gate. @~mile179, Look for Road604.1a just to the right. Descend. At T, turn Right, then immediately left and climb up to ridge. Stay on ridge/Signal Mesa on good BLM road 3108.
@mile~185, look for North Woods Trail to drop off to the right. Take Unmarked but well used trail. Cross road a couple times, stay on trail. @mile~188 merge with double track onto ridge, follow track for about 1.4 miles, after steep descent look for trail dropping off ridge to the Left/South, Rasta Gulch. Descend, T into Contour Trail 3213, go Right, follow, then drop down old road, look for bit of trail dropping to another road, follow road thru fence onto WSCU’s campus. Take any path thru town back to IOOF park. Congrats, you have Loopy Looped!