Practice Loop

The 3.87-mile "Practice Loop" is a good way to introduce yourself to the kind of mountain biking and terrain you might expect throughout the Turkey Springs area.



Be aware that neither the Gate 5 trailhead nor the "Practice Loop" 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:

  1. Reset your bike computer/GPS unit as you go through Gate 5
  2. At mile .21 turn left onto Martinez Spur.
  3. At mile 1.41 turn left onto Boy Scout Trail.
  4. At mile 3.74 take short loop to your left for an easier descent.
  5. At mile 3.8 turn right to return to the trailhead.
  6. At mile 3.87 arrive at Gate 5.
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 see the attached PDF files at the bottom of this page.


Tom Steen,
Jun 13, 2010, 8:47 PM