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Mountain Biking: Colorado > Rio Grande National Forest > Saguache Ranger District

Quick Facts

Round Mountain Trail

Difficulty: Most Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,800 Feet (561.1 Meters)
Length, One-way: 10.8 Miles (18.0 Kilometers)
Time, One-way: 2-3 Hours
USGS Maps: Bonanza, Whale Hill

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General Description

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From the parking area, take Forest Road 890 up to Round Mountain. Bear left there and follow the abandoned jeep trail to a clearing and turn left at a sharp angle onto Forest Road 876. Take this road down to the intersection with Forest Road 860 at Superior Mill. Head south on Forest Road 869 back to the parking area.

Along a very rough surface, at an average grade of 10%, this climb is difficult, so be prepared. Once at the turnoff for Round Mountain, there are gorgeous alpine meadows and a terrific view down into the Rawley Gulch and Squirrel Creek regions. You will hike/ride close to several old mines; be careful and stay on the trail. Sections of the trail are difficult to find, so follow directions, maps and signs carefully.

The downhill on Forest Road 876 can be tricky for mountain bikers because it descends quickly and has several switchbacks that come up unexpectedly.
Some sections are single track hiking trails, so the tread is not very flat or wide and the tread tends to be rougher. Stream crossings are not difficult, but other obstacles to watch for are fallen trees and large rocks.

Directions from Saguache, Colorado: Take U.S. Highway 285 north 19.0 miles to Villa Grove. Turn left on County Road LL 36. Follow this road for 14.0 miles to Bonanza. Continue about 2.0 miles to the intersection of Forest Development Road # 890 and Forest Road # 862. There will be a designated parking area that can access Kerber Creek Trail, Mosquito Lake Trail, and Round Mountain Trail. Begin at the parking area and take Forest Road # 890 to Round Mountain.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Round Mountain Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Single track in areas; tread is not very flat or wide; tends to be rough
ICON Viewing Scenery Rawley Gulch and Squirrel Creek

Related Activities
Kerber Creek Road - Stay on the trail and do not walk around near the sites, as the hills are pock marked with abandoned mine shafts. But appreciating the history of the area can be accomplished by observing the old buildings from the road.

Mosquito Lake Trail - The trail to the lake is very rough and difficult to discern at times and the singletrack section past the creek is hard to follow, but the view of the lake is worthwhile.

Round Mountain Four-Wheel Drive Road - The traveler can view the historical mining area in the Bonanza area. From the top of Round Mountain, the traveler has a magnificent view in all directions.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Alamosa Visitor Information Center, Cole Park , Alamosa, CO, 81101, Phone: 719-589-4840, bluskys@alamosa.org


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