Burnt Mountain Gravel Loop

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Location:
Meredith, CO
Date Published:
October 15, 2020
Distance:
33.00
mi
Elevation:
4186
ft
Gravel Ratio:
90% G / 10% P
Difficulty Rating:
⛰⛰⛰⛰
Enjoyability Rating:
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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This Burnt Mountain Gravel Loop is brought to you by adventure cyclist, Ross Levin. Ross has been a resident of Evergreen, CO since moving from NJ in 2009.  He’s married with 2 grown sons. He retired from the tech industry in 2017 to be more involved in all things cycling, fitness and outdoors.  Gravel is a newer cycling discipline for him, and he enjoys how it combines aspects of road & MTB riding. When he’s not participating in a sport he volunteers and acts as an ambassador for the Evergreen Mountain Sports bike and outdoor shop in Conifer.   He’s currently laying low due to the pandemic, but ordinarily travels the continent with his wife in their van to experience the best places to ride. You can check out his website here: https://ridingroadsandtrails.com/

Highs:

This ride is in a fairly remote area of Colorado with no cellular connectivity and very few people.

The gravel roads are in very good condition for bikes and the views are spectacular.

There are many opportunities to vary this route to make it bigger or smaller while still taking in great views.

This route was originally ridden in mid-August, and at the time, the wildflowers added a nice touch of color to the ride.

Lows:

The descent from Burnt Mountain Road to N Fork Rd was a bit steep & chunky. This was not a big deal for us, as we are also mountain bikers, but if you lean more to the roadie side of things, you may not love that section. (Gravel Bike Adventures recommends at least a 35+ width tire on your gravel bike for this route.)

Do this ride if you are looking to get to the Sylvan Lake State Park/Ruedi Reservoir/Chapman area and want to explore some remote mountain areas with great views and good gravel roads.

Other Notes:

There are no services, cell phone reception or stores in the area, come prepared with all that you will need for the entire route and/or bring a water filter if you think you will need more water than you can carry.

There are lots of options to vary this route and there are many other recreation activities in the area including Ruedi Reservoir, Frying Pan River, Sylvan Lake State Park, Hagerman Pass, Chapman Reservoir, as well as tons of hiking trails and smaller lakes.

This route was started from the Chapman Campground, just off Frying Pan Road.

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Guest: Ross Levin

Ross Levin has been a resident of Evergreen, CO since moving from NJ in 2009.  He’s married with 2 grown sons. He retired from the tech industry in 2017 to be more involved in all things cycling, fitness and outdoors.  Gravel is a newer cycling discipline for him, and he enjoys how it combines aspects of road & MTB riding. When he’s not participating in a sport he volunteers and acts as an ambassador for the Evergreen Mountain Sports bike and outdoor shop in Conifer.   He’s currently laying low due to the pandemic, but ordinarily travels the continent with his wife in their van to experience the best places to ride. You can check out his website here: https://ridingroadsandtrails.com/

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