High Plains Trail

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High Plains Trail is a great addition to the Marshall Valley trail network. It is a nice long segment of trail with fun flowing singletrack. This trail can be run as an out and back, or as part of the Dirty Bismarck loop. From the Greenbelt Plateau trailhead, the trail starts by gently going down through some short rock sections. Don't worry, these are not very technical. They will just bounce you around a little. After you cross a few gates and a bridge, you start your climbing to the end. The climbing is of a nice grade, not too steep! It includes some brief breaks in the climb as well. As you crest the last hill, you'll see the end at a gate and small parking area. If you want to continue on to Superior, go through the gate and turn right onto Coalton Trail. This area does fairly well over the winter, but can be deceiving. The muddy spots are usually hidden from the road and can be very sticky and fragile. Please make sure you check the trail meter! If you are headed back to the Greenbelt Plateau trailhead, get ready for some nice gentle downhill almost all the way back. In the summer, this trail can get HOT! There is no tree cover at all, so come prepared. Also, it can get really windy out on the trail. Eldorado Canyon causes a nice funnel for the wind to flow over the trail.

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2.6 mi.
150 ft.


Dry & fast.

The trail is beat up from all of the rain, but there is only one damp section remaining.

Trail Meter: Fair»Good

condition set to Good

Trail Meter: Closed»Fair

OSMP has reopened the trail.... Actual conditions not known

Trail Meter: Poor»Closed

OSMP Closure - supposed to start July 9, but don't ride there July 8... it's a muddy mess

Trail Meter: Fair»Poor

Wet conditions... Lots of mud and standing watwrwater

Trail Meter: Poor»Fair

there are two spots on the trail that are not recovering well... on the east end there is 150 yards of trail that still has running water... probably not damaging the trail significantly... spot 2 is just west of Coal Creek... 18 inch ruts and braiding going on... that's gonna be tough to repair... try to not make it worse! ride through and not around!

Trail Meter: Fair»Poor

Standing water/mud covering the entire trail as far as I could see just West of Coalton.

Trail Meter: Poor»Fair

There are still several muddy sections... but it's improving.. still one very bad section west of Coal Creek... tread lightly and don't make it worse!

There are a couple very muddy stretches.

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