Slug Gulch / Dorado Canyon Loop
Alternate 1: Return on Dorado Canyon Rd

Alternate 2: Return on E16 / Mt Aukum Rd

Level of Difficulty:  Difficult (2400' total climbing for Dorado Canyon Loop, and 2600' climbing for E16 Loop)
Riding Time: 2.5 hours  Printable Area Map:  Slug Gulch / Dorado Canyon Loop  (Adobe Acrobat required)
Season to Ride:  Late Spring though Fall

Description:  This ride is one of the longer loops in the region.  It takes you on the quiet Perry Creek Rd, then starts the 2.8 mile climb up Slug Gulch.  Although this is a difficult climb, you are rewarded at the top with some of the finest cycling around - with quiet, relatively flat riding all the way to Omo Ranch Rd.  At this point traffic will somewhat, but you have a wonderful downhill (with a few small rolling hills) to Dorado Canyon or E16 - depending on which way you want to go.   Traffic note:  At this point, Dorado Canyon Rd is an unmarked private road.  Permission to go through can be revoked at any time.  When riding though here, be especially kind to cars and residents, and we should be able to continue riding this.  If permission does get revoked, then you need to continue on Omo Ranch Rd to E16 / Mt. Aukum Rd (Alternate 2 Ride), turning right at the intersection.  This will add 2 miles to the route, and E16 / Mt. Aukum Rd has more traffic than Dorado Canyon Rd, but either way is good.  Both routes are on the same printout, so you can decide when you get to Dorado Canyon which way you'd like to go.

Miles  Directions


Start at Pioneer Park.  Go directly across Fairplay and start riding on Perry Creek Rd.
Park location is 200 yards east of the intersection of E16 and Fairplay Rd (on Fairplay Rd).


Turn Left on Slug Gulch Rd.  Start 2.8 mile climb up Slug Gulch.


First of two switchbacks.


Second of two switchbacks.  Climb becomes more gradual now.


Slug Gulch Rd ends.  Turn Right on Omo Ranch Rd.  Traffic increases here.


Pass Fairplay Rd (continue straight). 


Two alternates to the ride exist here
Alternate 1:  Dorado Canyon Rd (quieter, shorter route but goes on private road)


Turn Right on Dorado Canyon Rd (private road). Not clearly marked in this direction.  White fence, and paved road are basic indicators.  Ride on this road with good respect to cars and people so we may continue riding here.


Start of very sharp descent to creek.  Go slowly down this.


Cross creek at bottom of hill.


Dorado Canyon Rd ends.  Turn Left on Fairplay Rd.


Ride ends at Pioneer Park.

Alternate 2:  E16 Mt Aukum Rd (main roads all the way through - heavier traffic on E16)


Pass Dorado Canyon Rd (other alternate route)


Omo Ranch Rd ends. Turn Right on E16.  Traffic increases here.


Pass D’Agostini Dam.


Begin 0.8 mile climb (more of a staircase type climb)


Turn Right on Fairplay Rd


End ride at Pioneer Park.