9.9 miles
1,803 ft
-3,048 ft
2 miles
High Point

painful climb, amazing descent

Detailed Description
Coal Creek-Engineer Mountain Trail is a 10 mile popular expert route located near Telluride Colorado. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 2 trails. This route climbs 1,803 ft with a max elevation of 11,878 ft then descends -3,048 ft.
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7 Reviews & Comments

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Pkfire (Sep 25, 2022 at 21:07)
Bottom half from pass creak trail worth its. Not worth it from top of molas
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Pkfire (Sep 23, 2022 at 17:49)
Trail Coal Creek
This trail is a hoot!!! Vfast
  • + 0
Cbake (Jul 8, 2022 at 23:43)
Great trail! Some things to consider
1..This trail rides super great going North from the Pass Trail. It makes a great connector to get to Engine Creek and White Creek trails. A fantastic ride is Pass Trail to North on Engineer then White Creek trail to the CT then down Graysill and Cascade or Engineer to Engine Creek trail and down to Cascade.

2…From the junction of White Creek and Engine Creek trails this trail going South has a few steep uphill hike a bike sections and overall climbs upward as you go South towards Pass Trail.

Overall a fantastic trail
  • + 2
bikesg (Sep 21, 2021 at 21:16)
I did this both as a self-shuttle loop through Pass Creek, and as a shuttle from Molas pass. While there are some really fun parts on the upper parts of the Engineer trail, I would definitely pick the Pass Creek route over the other.
  • + 0
matux (Oct 9, 2020 at 13:30)
I LOVED this trail! got dropped off at the very top of Molas Pass and climbed “CT (Rolling Mountain)” which was a really nice climb. Finished with this great downhill and epic views. Warning mostly hike-a-bike from mile 1.3 to 1.7 as it is steep with steeps, only took a few mins. I’m glad I did the biggest shuttle the views and raw mountains were amazing! Careful some of the ruts are diagonal and try to slip you out.
  • + 1
GTABurnout (Oct 18, 2019 at 10:35)
Trail Coal Creek
Try to avoid doing this trail uphill. Its not a good time. Use Pass trail to access.
  • + 2
jasbushey (Jul 30, 2018 at 10:16)
There's really no reason to climb Coal Creek. Pass Creek is a much better climb.

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More Stats for Coal Creek-Engineer Mountain Trail mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1,244 ft
  • Altitude min
    9,067 ft
  • Altitude start
    10,311 ft
  • Altitude end
    9,068 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,230 ft
Avg: 2.5 (2 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Engineer Mountain
Oct 28, 2022 @ 6:46am
Oct 28, 2022
Snow on trails. Likely ready again July 2023
Coal Creek
Oct 28, 2022 @ 6:46am
Oct 28, 2022
Snow on trails. Likely ready again July 2023
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