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Mushroom Rocks

Basics
Location:
Carbondale
Length:
3 - 17 miles
Aerobic Difficulty:
Moderate
Time To Allow:
1 - 4+ hours
Trailhead Elevation:
6160 feet
Season:
Year Round

Description

The Mushroom Rock area is part of the Red Hill Recreation Area and located on BLM lands, featuring some of the best mountain biking trails in the Carbondale area. Views from the Mushroom Rock area are excellent with expansive vistas of Mt. Sopris and the town of Carbondale.

Trails in the Mushroom Rock area are targeted to riders of differing ability levels; some trails are very technical with rock gardens, steep climbing and other obstacles and others are more rolling and suited for advanced beginners and above. Trails climb a plateau and then roll atop it through a combination of high plains, open forest and desert like riding.

Suggested trails in the complex include Three Gulch, Blue Ribbon, Roller Coaster and Fairie Trail. Due to the complexity of the trail systems, a map of the area is suggested for full enjoyment. Trails are well signed.

Details

Location:
Carbondale
Length:
3 - 17 miles
Multiple trail options can add or subtract length from ride
Difficulty:
Some technical climbing sections.
Aerobic Difficulty:
Moderate
Time To Allow:
1 - 4+ hours
Depends on technical riding ability. Shorter trails available
Trailhead Elevation:
6160
Elevation Change:
Steepest climbing is on north side of Plateau. Some trails have little elevation gain.
Season:
Year Round
Additional Details:

The Mushroom Rock area is multi-use so riders may encounter hikers, trail runners and other users and should follow right of way protocol when meeting other groups. It is suggested that riders frequent this area in the early morning during the summer months due to heat. In addition, riders should be prepared with a stocked repair kit and a first aid kit.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From Carbondale, take Highway 133 north to Highway 82. At this intersection there is a parking area at the start of County Road 107. There is a topographic map in the parking area, which helps. Get a trail map to choose your path from here.


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