Note:Be aware that this is not a well-marked "urban trail." Go there with a Boy Scout mindset: be prepared with map, compass, GPS, extra clothing, cell phone, water and whatever else you’ll need to stay safe in the forest.
Directions to the Trailhead:
trailhead for this alternate route to the N. Piedra Stock Driveway is at the
junction of Forest Road 639 which is across Piedra Road (FR 631) from the USFS “Bridge Campground.” This is approximately 3 miles north of the
bridge crossing the Piedra River. (See photo above and Google Map to the right.)
Trail Notes (also available in PDF format below):
- Turn off Piedra Road (FR 631) and bike up FR 639
for about 2 ¼ miles. (This is a
good gravel road and you can drive up it if you wish.)
- At mile 2.27 you cross a
yellow cattle guard and the road forks:
FR 639-F goes to the left and FR 639-H goes to the right. Take the right fork (FR 639-H).
- At mile 3.41 you will see a
closed gate down a road to your left (FR 639-H1). Bike around this gate and continue down
- At mile 3.71 you can see a
small stock pond through the trees to your left (Trail Ridge
Reservoir). The trail you will be
on later is between you and the pond.
For now continue straight on FR 639-H1.
- At mile 3.79 you will see a
single-track trail angling backwards to your left. Remember this junction: you will return to take this trail later
if you continue up to the Trail Ridge trail now. (The mileage in these notes will
continue at this point later; depending on how far up the ridge trail you
go before you return.)
To go out
and back on the Trail Ridge trail, continue straight on FR 639-H1 for
approximately another 100 yards. The
road forks. Take the uphill fork to your
right. (Look for the orange diamond sign
with a directional arrow.) In
three-tenths of a mile you will pass through a gate in a wire fence. The ridge trail begins shortly after
this. Go as far as you want along the
ridge, then return to the trail fork mentioned above.
- From the junction of FR 639-H1
and the single track (which is the Piedra Stock Driveway trail #583), pass
to the left of the Trail Ridge Reservoir and go down the drainage (Trail Creek). There is more than one cattle/game
trail going through this draw; it doesn’t really matter which one you
- After 1.38 miles you enter a
large meadow with a well-defined dirt road coming in from your left. This is FR 639-F. Turn left onto this road.
- After three-quarters of a mile
you return to the junction of FR 639-F and FR 639-H and the yellow cattle
guard. Of course you are free to return to your vehicle at this
point, but you will miss an awesome lunch spot and scenic overlook by not
continuing up to Sally’s Overlook.
- Just past the yellow cattle
guard, another dirt road exits to your right. This is FR 639-E. Ride up this road for 2.25 miles and
take in a scenic break at Sally’s Overlook looking down at the Piedra River and the Trail Creek drainage
before returning to your vehicle.
The map below shows the location of the trail head.
Note: You should be able to manipulate the Google map, below, to zoom in, click and drag, and see different terrain and satellite images.
Note: To download and print the map below (and/or the route instructions) see the attached PDF files at the bottom of this page.