4 miles
Distance
1,268 ft
Climb
-641 ft
Descent
00:47:56
Avg time
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Prospect Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Telluride
    , Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Drop
  • Global Ranking
    #12519 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 90 in Hiking

Prospect Trail is the premier single track trail in the Telluride region. Closed until after elk calving this is popularly done from the Gondola Station San Sofia. Ride south to a ski run, go left and up a nice little climb into the woods to a vicious little problem climbing test piece.
Keep going crossing ski runs and contouring the terrain.

Eventually splash across Prospect Creek and climb three switch backs to a connector road with a nasty little pitch forcing all but the most fit to portage up 120 meters to the upper trail. Single track goes to Sundance ski run that goes up to the yurt at the top of lift 10.

There's an upper loop adding 2 miles to the left. This leads to the top of the big rockslide crossed after the tough little climb. Take the left at the yurt or the bootleg trail left at the junction with Sundance.

This loop tops out at the Lynx poma, 11200' then it's all fun flowy single track back down.

If bypassing the upper loop go left dbl track past the yurt. At the next road crossing go left up a bit to the trail down. This is where you drop the seat and turn the shocks to plush. It's a lot of fun with techy spots fast sweeping and a few rough patches. When you get to the end on the ski run go up right to the junction of another ski run, go left 150 meters and trend right past the green gate to a paved street High Country Road. Go left down straight through a stop sign to the junction of yet another ski run. This has been improved into a nice little flow track down through the disc golf course to the gondola Station Town Hall at the bridge.

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More Stats for Prospect mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    628 ft
  • Altitude min
    10,493 ft
  • Altitude max
    11,160 ft
  • Altitude start
    10,532 ft
  • Altitude end
    11,160 ft
  • Grade
    2.669%
  • Grade max
    -24.462%
  • Grade min
    46.12%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,427 ft
  • Avg time
    00:47:56
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Status:
on Sep 30, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4.8 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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      Prospect Trail Reports

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      Sep 30, 2019 @ 7:31pm
      Sep 30, 2019
      Huge wind storm turned the trail into a war zone. Don’t recommend riding it right now
      Aug 3, 2019 @ 8:32am
      Aug 3, 2019
      Other than a few wet spots here and there, the dirt is perfect.
      Jul 20, 2019 @ 9:54am
      Jul 20, 2019
      Prospect creek has lots of water. keep momentum to ride thru it
      Jul 16, 2019 @ 7:25am
      Jul 16, 2019
      Open all the way down. Tacky dirt w/ spots of mud
      Jul 4, 2019 @ 1:37pm
      Jul 4, 2019
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 28 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      All
      • 207 rides
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      Dec 7, 2019 @ 8:52pm
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      Sep 4, 2019 @ 6:26pm
      Sep 4, 2019
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      Aug 28, 2019 @ 10:12pm
      Aug 28, 2019
      63 |
      Oct 15, 2018 @ 5:28pm
      Oct 15, 2018

      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Thydurdan (Jul 25, 2019 at 21:07)
       Great trail, lots of up hill climbs not to difficult. Altitude definitely kicked my butt. Super fun ride
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag TylerG96 (Aug 1, 2019 at 19:05)
       not very hard to climb except its at 2mi elv. very good trail with some fun sections.
      [Reply]

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