Corncob Loop

Corncob Loop

The "corncob Loop" is a 12.45 mile loop with 1,930 feet of total climbing over the entire route.  That elevation is generally achieved through very gradual, steady uphill sections that you hardly will notice.  But you are rewarded with many miles of gradually descending downhill.  All in all, a very fun and scenic trail that gets you to the further west areas of the Turkey Springs mountain bike network of trails.
Be aware that neither the Gate 5 trailhead nor the "Corncob" route has any directional signage.  This is a local “social 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 Gate 5 (see map at right):


Turn north off highway 160 onto North Pagosa Blvd.  Drive 3.7 miles.  Look to your left opposite Mockingbird Place to see the forest entry gate #5. 


Route instructions:

(Note:  Route instructions can also be downloaded and printed using the PDF file at he bottom of this page.


  1. Reset bike computer/GPS unit at Gate 5.
  2. Ride west on Lower Newt Jack Rd. following the fence line.
  3. At about 1 mile, you descend a rocky hill with a frog pond on your left.  Walk this if you are not a comfortable “downhiller.”
  4. At mile 1.15 you come to a gate with a green, bike cattle guard on your left.  Cross the cattle guard and immediately pick up a trail branching right off of Lower Newt Jack Road.
  5. Follow this trail (“Happy Meal Trail”) for two miles.  At mile 1.55 there is a fork in the trail with a branch going right.  Take the left fork.  (Note:  The right fork takes you to Gate 3 off Fremont Court. 
  6. At mile 3.14 you reach Newt Jack Road.  Turn right.
  7. At mile 3.23 (150 yards) the road turns to the right.  There is a single track exiting on your left.  Take it (This is “Horseshoe Trail.”)
  8. At mile 3.75 you reach Park Reservoir (Pond).  Just before the pond, take a trail going to your left and down a short, steep hill.  This is the start of “Park Avenue.”
  9. At mile 4.05 you intersect another trail (X-C Ski Trail).  Turn left onto this trail.
  10. At mile 4.67 a you reach a trail exiting to your left (Corncob Trail).  Take it.  (At this point you are very close to Turkey Springs Road and can see it through the trees before you turn onto Corncob Trail.)
  11. At mile 6.08 you intersect another trail (Elk Run Trail).  Turn left.  (At this point you are very close to Brockover Road and can see it right in front of you before you turn onto Elk Run Trail.
  12. At mile 7.04 a trail exits to your right (Round Park Trail).  Take it.
  13. At mile 9.38 you intersect Silk Thread Trail.  Turn left.
  14. At mile 9.51 a trail exits to your right (Creek Trail).  Take it.
  15. At mile 9.95 you intersect Martinez Spur Trail.  Turn left and climb the hill.
  16. At mile 10.05 you reach the top of the hill and see a trail exiting to your right (Boy Scout Trail).  Take it.
  17. At mile 12.45 you arrive back at the Gate 5 Trailhead.
The map below shows the driving route from the Hwy 160 / N. Pagosa Blvd. intersections to the Gate 5 trailhead. 
Note:  You should be able to manipulate the Google map, below, to zoom in, click and drag, and see different terrain and satellite images.

Gate 5 Trailhead

Note:  To download and print the map below (and/or the route instructions) see the attached PDF files at the bottom of this page.


Tom Steen,
Jun 1, 2010, 1:28 PM
Tom Steen,
Jun 1, 2010, 10:12 PM