Carbondale is a GREAT running town. We have some of the best trails in Colorado….
MUSHROOM ROCK/RED HILL
Red Hill, known to locals as Mushroom Rock, is a cornucopia of trail running options. Trails weave and loop around to offer over 20 miles of winding, fun single track with popular options of 14 miles (Northside Loop), 6 miles (Bogus/Fairie Loop), 3 miles (Three Gulch/Blue Ribbon Loop) and much more. Be ready though, all the runs start with a steady climb! Also, the trails are usually dry enough to run for 9 months of the year — and possibly even longer if you use winter traction devices or snowshoes.
This is a somewhat hidden run or hike that works its way up a steep, tight creek valley before opening to a beautiful high meadow. It can be extended for nearly as long as you want to run … if you’re up for a bit of route finding. Summer and early fall are the best times to explore Perham Creek. It’s unlikely you’ll see many people out there, but be prepared for some wildlife sightings — members of our staff and race team have seen bears a little beyond the first meadow.
PRINCE CREEK ROAD/ THE CROWN
The Lorax is a newer, semi-secret trail in the area; it’s not yet on maps, but if you come by the store we will gladly direct you to it. This single-track trail over rocky, rolling terrain features exceptional and dramatic views of Mt. Sopris’ dual 12,953′ summits. The primary “lollipop” route will only get you 3 miles or so, but the true secret portion of the trail can extend your run into a 10 mile out and back.
A locals’ favorite, this sublime out and back trail weaves along Avalanche Creek for some of the most enjoyable trail running in the valley. The run can be stretched out to a very difficult 22 miles if you are in the mood to visit Avalanche Lake, but most locals enjoy the 5 plus mile out and back to the bridge over the cascading Hell Roaring Creek, or a 10 mile out and back to beautiful Duley park where the trees open for spectacular views. Avalanche Creek is generally snow free from late spring through October.