409.5

Ride Details

Difficulty: Difficult
Distance: 3.06 mi.
Climb: 67 ft.
Descend: 1665 ft.
Avg. Time: 30 min.
Trail Type: singletrack

Description

Running parallel to 409, but higher on the ridge, 409.5 is a rocky, fun descent (traveling from CB South to Brush Creek road) full of high-speed water bars and wide open sections. This is a favorite for those who like to go fast. Sometimes it gets a bit rutted from the motos, and there is always loose rock to be found in the trail. Take caution on the water bars on the second half of trail, as they tend to send riders soaring if unprepared. If you can remember to take your eyes off the trail for a moment as you bomb towards Brush Creek, 409.5 affords gorgeous views of Mt. CB and the Valley.

Best way to get there is by riding up Walrod Gulch to Doubletop. From town ride south to Cement Creek Road. Continue up Cement Creek Road to Walrod Gulch Road, turn left and ride up, passing one left spur, until you arrive at Trail 418, at the bottom of “the wall.” A short push (with minor cursing) will bring you to the top of “the wall” and the start of Trail 418. Follow 418 as it cruises next to a beautiful creek in open stands of timber.

After a short distance, you will arrive at the intersection of 405.2A.  Turn left at the intersection and begin a series of 3 stout climbs separated by long contours. While this trail is fully rideable, it will take a toll, as none of the climbs are easy. This trail will deliver you to the top of the Point Lookout Trail, a freshly built stretch of trail that connects trails 409.5 with 409 hidden at the bottom of the meadow. Stay straight at the intersection and hang on tight to begin the 409.5 descent.

At the bottom of 409.5, turn left and climb up and out of Farris Creek on an old road and drop down to Brush Creek Road, or ride Strand Bonus or Strand for more singletrack which is just a short distance on this old road and right. (Or turn right and ride either Farris Creek or 402 for more rough single-track.) Turn left and ride out to Hwy 135. Left here takes you six miles back to Cement Creek Road, right goes two miles back to town.

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