Now Open: New Dinkle Link Trail in Prince Creek

This is an easier blue trail that can be ridden as a short out-and-back, or the start of a mostly downhill shuttle ride.

: Winter seasonal closure from December 1 through April 15.

Description

Named for it’s utility in connecting the Prince Creek trail network towards Dinkle Lake and the Hay Park trail, the trail connects Next Jen to the Divide Parking Lot Trailhead located at the top of Prince Creek Rd. and West Sopris Creek Rd. The trail continues to the southwest of this parking lot trailhead to connect more directly to Dinkle Lake Rd.

The trail is mostly an easy climb when connecting towards Next Jen from the Divide parking area. You’ll encounter sage fields, oak tree groves, and some shale bluffs along the way. The best feature of this trail might be the prominent views of Mount Sopris.

Some riders might arrange a shuttle from this relatively high location, heading up the trail to Next Jen, then descending towards Creek Side or climbing more to enjoy a descent of Skull Bucket Trail before continuing to Skill Saw (Lower Creek Side) and Monte Carlo and the lower Prince Creek area trails.

If you’re looking for a big climb while limiting time on roads, start down on Prince Creek Trail, continue up Monte Carlo, Skill Saw (Lower Creek Side) Creek Side, and Next Jen, use this trail to connect to Dinkle Lake Rd. and continue to a high point at the big view meadows of Hay Park trail before retracing your route back down.