31.2 miles
Distance
5,373 ft
Climb
-5,378 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

This ride is horrible, the climb up Ptarmigan Road is just plain stupid and not worth the descent. This route is here for reference, but NOT recommended as a "good" route.

High altitude all day epic that includes Section 8 of the Colorado Trail but loops you back to town with a descent down Wilder Gulch.

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3 Reviews & Comments

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andy-legrunge (Jul 6, 2021 at 13:35)
 Mostly about the ambience on this one, lots of miles of lush subalpine forest and gorgeous open tundra. Epic views of the Nuchu, Sawatch and especially Tenmile ranges. If you enjoy raw, technical riding, and don't mind descending a rocky jeep road and pushing your bike uphill, you just might have a good time.
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Markcoxwildwood (Jul 7, 2021 at 18:46)
 One of the hardest rides I’ve ever done!! Do NOT take the counterclockwise direction.
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andy-legrunge (Jul 16, 2021 at 18:51)
 Politely disagree - CCW has the advantage of a long, all singletrack descent at the end of the ride, versus the mediocre Wilder Gulch/paved bike path descent. Wilder is surprisingly rideable uphill, and the steep climb/push up from Camp Hale is exhausting, but doable. Reso road kinda sucks either way but I'd rather descend it (high speed, things to launch off) than climb it while choking on ATV fumes.
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  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Extreme
  • Ridelogs
    9
More Stats for Dirty Copper Triangle mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    9,274 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,771 ft
  • Altitude end
    9,767 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -75.1%
  • Grade min
    131.4%
  • Distance climb
    16 miles
  • Distance down
    15 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,219 ft
Avg: 4 (1 votes)
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