Route: Sidewinder Trail (CO)

Colorado, US
20.1 mi

Giff Walters submitted the route:

The Sidewinder Trail is a beautiful, technical, well-built and easy to follow 20-mile desert singletrack that traverses the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area (Delta, CO). True to its name the trail winds in and out of numerous washes connecting sections of smooth trail, slickrock washes and technical desert running. It offers amazing views of the San Juan Mountains, the Grand Mesa and the Uncompahgre Plateau and if done as a point-to-point from the South (Eagle Valley TH) to the North (H75 Trailhead) if offers a net elevation loss. The trail was completed in 2010 by the BLM and is a multiple use trail so you might see a horse, mountain biker or moto while you are out there but most likely you will have the trail to yourself. There is no water on the route and when it gets wet the mud is a show-stopper. However, the trail can often be runnable in the winter if it has been a light snow year and the temps are low enough. One of the gems of the Western Slope in Colorado.

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I'm attempting this fun-looking trail tomorrow, with the understanding that recent rains might make it too much of a mud slog (TBD!)