Trail R - Edge Trail
ElevationAscent: 85' 26 m
Descent: -543' -166 m
High: 6,195' 1,888 m
Low: 5,673' 1,729 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“An excellent singletrack trail that provides outstanding overlooks of southern Crook County.”— Adrian Whitmore
The trail begins as singletrack and after a few hundred yards empties onto a doubletrack road, heading south. It climbs up to an overlook and highpoint/summit. From this highpoint you'll follow the signage to a singletrack trail interspersed with white limestone rocks. It goes about 50 yards to the south and east and then comes around a sharp steep right hand rock section.
The trail drops into a small valley, then climbs the same type of terrain and tops out where you see a wooden foot bridge between barbwire fences. This THAD (Trailhead Animal Deterrent) bridge points the trail into the aspens and you follow the singletrack through the pines and granite rocks. It then opens up into short downhill and crosses another doubletrack road.
It then descends on a singletrack trail that meanders around trees, junipers, and aspens. It opens up in a meadow and a left-hand trail pops up. Stay right and then proceed though the singletrack.
It will then drop in elevation slightly but quickly. It then turns left and pops out into a substantial rocky section. Weave through the short pines, cross a new fire break line, and then drop through another rock section to a wet spring. Cows and mosquitoes love this place in the summer. Follow the trail north through the aspens and around the head of the spring, and then descend to the next overlook. Here you can view Sundance Mountain and Inyan Kara Mountain.
The trail at the top of the overlook goes right to a small rock drop and then angles back to a short climb of a hill. The left turn is a contour trail that connects to the other side.
From here, you'll descend a larger rock section for about 1/8 mile. Then drop onto sandy section of singletrack that filters out to descent through pines to Trail B - Sand Pit Trail .
Things to watch for: look for high winds in inclement weather, rock gardens, mountain lions, deer, elk, porcupines and various wildlife.
This excellent piece of trail is primitive and buff.
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