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Garfield County bike trails: Three Forks, Rifle

Getting there: To get to the lower trailhead, head north on Highway 13 out of Rifle and turn right on CO 325, passing through Rifle Gap and Rifle Falls state recreation areas and Rifle Mountain Park. Though the road number may change, continue north about 1.5 miles into the national forest and go left at the fork. FR 825 takes off to the right.

Trail talk: Though this trail isn't technical, it can be challenging when overgrown. There are also a number of creek crossings.

THREE FORKS

Distance : 5.8 miles

Difficulty: Intermediate

The dirt: Three Forks Trail is well north of Rifle in the White River National Forest. The trail starts out climbing gradually along creeks in spruce-fir. The trail climbs out of the drainages and onto a flatter area with aspen. It is often ridden as a loop of about 20 miles by heading up Forest Road 825 to FR 211, then turning left to the upper trailhead.