Distance: 4.49 mi.
Climb: 988 ft.
Descend: 585 ft.
Status: Not Recommended
Avg. Time: 1 hr.
Trail Type: singletrack
Trail 409 is another longer ride that opens up early in the riding season and serves as a popular connector between Cement Creek and Brush Creek. About 1 1/2 miles of the trail are very rocky and technical, but now all rideable from Cement to Brush Creek. The trail is also rideable in the reverse direction, from Brush to Cement Creek, though a few spots may require a bit of walking unless you are really on it. The ride is beautiful, but rocky is the name of the game for this one.
Best way to get there is via the Cement Creek drainage by riding up Walrod Gulch. From town ride south to Cement Creek Road. Continue up Cement Creek Road to Walrod Gulch Road, turn left and ride uphill until you arrive at Trail 412, the Walrod Cutoff Trail, and turn left onto it.
After climbing up Walrod Cutoff Trail 412 from Walrod Road, you come to a sign that points right to Trail 409. Take it. Continue climbing steadily for a short distance, before descending briefly through open aspens. After a brief, fun descent, the trail climbs again before the intersection with the Point Lookout Trail. Take a left at the intersection to begin the main descent along 409, cruising through dense timber, open meadows and rocky scree slopes. Then climb our newly rerouted and repaired section to avoid private property. Next roll along through the aspens with a few uphills and some challenging rock gardens until you end up in the Farris Creek drainage. Turn left and climb up 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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