Trail Name: Paradox Trail
Section Description: Tabeguache Creek to Biscuit Rock
Best Use: Mountain Biking
Best Time for Use: Late Spring, Summer, Fall
Difficulty: Intermediate to Expert icon-intermediateicon-expert
Length: 34.3 miles (55.2km)
Start Elevation: 5,483 ft (1,671 m); 4,918 ft (1,499 m) cumulative gain; 5,436 ft ( 1,657 m) cumulative loss
Trail Surface and Use: Seasonally graded county roads and rough two track. Three short hike a bike sections.
Trail Head Access: Suitable for 2WD autos at various locations. Beware of wet road conditions which can make driving difficult.
Trail Head Coordinates: Tabeguache Creek 707,249E; 4,248,206N UTM WGS84 Zone12; Biscuit Rock 689,955E; 4,255,431N UTM WGS84 Zone12
Best Feature: Very remote and challenging backcountry riding with opportunities to view wildlife and seldom seen wilderness terrain.
Cautions: No potable water exists on this section. Leave gates as you find them. Wet trail conditions can be impassible for bikes and vehicles.

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Description: From Tabeguache Creek follow CR Z 26 as it heads north passing through two sections of private property. Leave any gates as you find them. The county road passes through and close to the Spring Creek Ranch. Continue north on the road as it tops out on Spring Creek Mesa. At a sage flat look for the PT signs on the right where you will leave the county road. The old two track continues to climb as it heads north eventually dropping slightly into a remote open area. This section is known as “the Koski Traverse” and brings trail users across four ridges on a sometimes steep and rocky trail with more than two hike a bikes. At 12.5 (20.1 km) miles from Tabeguache Creek you will top out at 7,405 ft (2,257 m). before dropping into Bull Draw on a fun and fast descent. The two track trail continues north and west as it rounds Atkinson Mesa on your left heading for Blue Basin. The rough two track road will continue in a NW direction switchbacking up and over the final ridge which takes you down and crosses the South Fork of Mesa Creek. Follow the old two track downstream, go left after it meets a better road and continue downstream where you will meet up with CR T 17. Turn right and go past an old log homestead. Continue on T 17 as it rounds a large point to the north eventually dropping into Mesa Creek within a large cottonwood grotto and then begins its way southward. Turn left when you connect with CR P 12 at a T intersection and follow it around and down to Hwy 141. Go left on the paved highway and follow for two miles (3.2 km) crossing the Dolores River on single lane bridge to the right. Biscuit Rock can be seen to the south just upstream from the bridge on a high bench.

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