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Grizzly Helena Trail System

Jackson County, Colorado

How to Get There

From Walden: Head west out of town on CO-125 S/CO-14 W/Main St and follow approx 0.5 miles to Co Rd 12 W. Turn west onto Co Rd 12 and continue approx 9.6 miles where Co Rd 12 W will turn to the north and become Jcr 12 W. Follow Jcr 12 W approx 2.1 miles to Co Rd 16. Turn south onto Co Rd 16 and follow for approx 5.1 miles to access trails.

Detailed Description

This very difficult single track trail can be accessed at several different trail heads. Going from south to north there are the Grizzly, Rainbow Lakes, Pitchpine, Lone Pine, and Helena trailheads. The Helena trailhead is temporarily closed until a bridge can be built over a marshy area. There are several major stream crossings (Roaring Fork and Norris Creeks are impassable in the spring/early summer and Lone Pine and Bear creeks nearly so). There are numerous extremely difficult rocky sections in this trail and it has a steep pitch to the east on most of it as well. The single track portion joins in with an ATV trail a few miles north of the Lone Pine area and continues north to the Helena trailhead as an ATV trail. All in all, a great trail for advanced dirtbike riders. There is also an ATV trail from the Grizzly trailhead to Aqua Fria Lake; and from the Lone Pine area north to Helena (parallels the single track for a few miles). This trail provides a great challenge for dirt bike riders, and can be accessed through numerous trailheads. There are a number of stream crossings, and challenging hill climbs. Sections of this trail system are open to ATVs as well, offering much of the same experience. This advanced singletrack trail requires expert bike handling skills to negotiate the major stream crossings and the numerous extremely difficult rocky sections. The singletrack trail joins an ATV trail a few miles north of Lone Pine and continues north before terminating at the Helena trailhead.

Adopted Trails

Trail System Information

Location: 40.7481833333, -106.568433333
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Nearest City: Walden
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Best for: Motorcycle

Note that not all of the trails in an area will be open to all vehicle types. Follow the Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM)s and signage for the area and ride only on trails open to and wider than your OHV.

Maps/GPS files: PDF ZIP KMZ

Visit the Trail Maps page for download/print instructions, information about the Avenza App for PDF files, or a complete list of available maps!

More Info: Parks Ranger District (970) 723-2700
  Routt National Forest (307) 745-2300
  MVUM Page

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American Trails

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American Trails' 21st National Trails Awards Program honors people and programs at the 21st American Trails International Symposium. The awards celebration was held at Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Arizona, April 16, 2013.

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