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Mountain Biking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

Quick Facts

Block and Tackle Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,200 Feet (3179.6 Meters) East Brush Creek Road
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 2,000 Feet (623.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,100 Feet (3148.4 Meters) Cement Creek Road
High Point: 11,150 Feet (3475.7 Meters)
Length: 3 Miles (5.0 Kilometers) to Cement Creek Road #740
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 131
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Pearl Pass

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General Description

The trail leaves East Brush Road traveling east, and climbs to the summit of a ridge, approximately 11,150 feet, where it intersects the Double Top Trail. The trail then descends to Cement Creek Road. This trail provides an excellent access between Brush Creek and Cement Creek drainages. Motorcycle traffic may be encountered along this route. It is relatively short, only three miles.

Directions from Crested Butte: Brush Creek Access: Travel two miles South on Highway 135, then eight miles east on Brush Creek Road, 738. Travel another two miles east on East Brush Creek Road, 738.2B.

Directions from Crested Butte: Cement Creek Access: Travel seven miles south of Crested Butte on Highway 135 to Cement Creek Road. Turn on to Cement Creek Road and drive 12 miles north.

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Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We rode this in July 2001. It was beautiful. There are significant drop offs beside the trail. We encountered a large tree across the trail which required team work to traverse. Good trail.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Block and Tackle Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Block and Tackle Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Block and Tackle Trail
ICON Motorcycle Riding Block and Tackle Trail

Related Activities
Brush Creek Road #738 - This road is a popular route for off-road vehicles, including mountain bikes, between Aspen and Crested Butte. The road is extremely technical when it nears Pearl Pass.

Cement Creek Road #740 - This road follows Cement Creek it's entire distance. It is a popular, but remote area for many types of summer and winter recreation opportunities.

East Brush Road #738.2B - East Brush Creek forks from Brush Creek eight and a half miles from Highway 135. It leads to the Brush Creek and Block and Tackle Trailhead.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Gunnison National Forest, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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