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Mostly mellow loop that is perfect for those who just want to get out on a nice cross-country trail.


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2.7

Miles

4.3

KM

Loop

6,941' 2,116 m

High

6,847' 2,087 m

Low

159' 48 m

Up

160' 49 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Off-leash

Family Friendly The trail has a mild grade and is roughly 30 inches wide.

Open year-round but please avoid right after a snow or heavy rain.

Need to Know

Beware of cows - and their leavings in this area!

Description

The Rail Spike Loop (northern loop) is the slightly hillier than the southern Switcher Loop. More rolling and but speeds generally kept at bay that makes it perfect for the little ones or newer riders. The Rail Spike Loop has some more demanding descents and a bit more extending climbing, though it's still relatively easy. Trail passes through some stands of scrub oak and next to a few small ravines. Generally exposed to the sun without much shade.

The trail opened in late 2017 in collaboration with Three Springs, Durango Trails 2000 and Purgatory Resort. This trail system is Durango's premier beginner friendly terrain. Until it's seasoned, some conditions may be loose, but the best way to fix this is to get out and ride it!

Shared By:

Hogan Koesis

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Typical trail conditions on Rail Spike, entering some scrub oak.
Sep 18, 2023 near Durango, CO
Looking south from Rail Spike Loop.
Sep 18, 2023 near Durango, CO
Pump jack extracting oil behind a short catchment berm.
Sep 18, 2023 near Durango, CO
Smooth, mellow trail surface on Rail Spike Loop.
Sep 18, 2023 near Durango, CO

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