"Jackson Mountain FR 037 Lollipop" is an intermediate-level ride that is not very far from Pagosa Springs town.
This scenic, 9.38-mile route is mostly on double-track (jeep) roads with about a quarter-mile of descending single track.
Directions to the trailhead: Turn off Hwy 160 (east of Pagosa Springs) ontoJackson Mountain Road (USFS 037). Drive .6 miles and park in a primitive turnout on your left. The trailhead is across and 100 yards up Jackson Mountain Road. Look for a brown, Forest Service carsonite post.
Note: You can download the PDF attachments (below) for an enlarged Topo! map and for the trail notes for Jackson Mountain FR 037 Lollipop.
Note:Be aware that the "Jackson Mountain FR 037 Lollipop" route does not have 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.
0.0 Leave Jackson Mountain Road (USFS 037) onto single track.
0.91 Arrive at a large meadow. Continue straight across the meadow. There is not a defined trail across the meadow. Look for a large ponderosa in the meadow ahead. You will pass near this tree and continue toward the lower edge of the aspen grove on the far edge of the meadow.
1.19 On the far side of the meadow, connect to a double-track jeep road just below the aspen grove.
2.56 Arrive at a junction with FR 037B1. Turn left. Remember this junction; you will return here later.
4.3 Arrive at a steep, rocky climb. Keep the faith. The view from the top makes it all worthwhile.
5.1 Trail enters a small meadow. At the far side the double track turns into single track. This single track will soon turn right and angle downhill.
5.25 You will reach a fence. Turn right without crossing the fence. Before long you will intersect a jeep road (FR 037B1). Turn right onto this road. After about a mile you will see a road angling off to your left. Don’t take it, but continue right on the main FR 037-B1 road.
6.82 You arrive back at the junction you reached at mile 2.56 above. Turn left onto this double-track trail and retrace your earlier route back to your vehicle.
Note: Remember the alternate route back to your vehicle mentioned above. This creates an easy figure 8 loop and is shown on the accompanying Topo Map.