- 8 miles
- Aerobic Difficulty:
- Time To Allow:
- 2+ hours
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 7800 feet
The Portland Trail is a short but intense mountain bike ride in the Ouray area. Located at higher elevations, the Portland trail winds up tight switchbacks to a large mountain amphitheatre cirque with incredible views of Mt. Sneffels, elevation 14,150 feet.
The Portland Trail is steep and fairly smooth with a few sections of roots. Riders can also go up the Amphitheatre road and down the Portland Trail but this route it is not quite as exciting.
Time To Allow:
High elevation riding
The Portland Trail is multi-use so riders may encounter hikers, trail runners and other users and should follow right of way protocol when meeting other groups. The Portland Trail is high elevation and can experience sudden weather shifts, so riders should bring appropriate warm layers in anticipation of this. In addition, riders should be prepared with a stocked repair kit and first aid kit.
From Ouray go south on 550. Take a left at the Amphitheatre Recreational Area turnoff. Follow this road up about 500 feet and look for the singletrack on left. This is the Portland Trail and it is signed.