The last time you hit the trails with your mountain bike or hiking shoes, were there a few too many other outdoor enthusiasts on the trail? It’s a great time to check out the less tapped into trails of Delta County. We have a sampling from an easy hike, to a kick-your-butt bike ride — with some dirt in your teeth kind of ride!
1. Let’s start with the sissy trail. This one is more about the view than the workout. The Land O’ Lakes Overlook is a half mile long with a paved trail that is well maintained by the Grand Mesa National Forest Service. Without much effort you will be rewarded with views of 18 lakes, the San Juan Mountain Range, the West Elk Wilderness, the Uncompahgre Plateau and, on some days, the La Sals in Utah.
2. The Crag Crest National Recreation Trail. Be sure to keep your arms and feet inside of the trail at all times - you will feel like your are standing on top of the world. A strenuous hike is to be expected. The Crest portion of the hike has some steep drop offs.
3. Now onto Jumbo Mountain outside of Paonia, for the fun of it. After 1-2 miles of fairly smooth riding, it's a steady workout with some switchbacks to navigate. There is some hike-a-bike terrain to consider on the way to the top, but you can do it. Then you get a chance to relax and be rewarded with great views for your efforts. Bike like a local, drink like a local, is one motto in Paonia. Link to More
4. The Escalante Rim Loop offers a variety of trail choices to fit your needs.. Desert Big Horn Sheep and other wildlife traversing the hillsides will be about the only signs of life you may encounter. The Rim Loop is a mixed use trail system. ATVs, horseback riders, bikes and hikers all enjoy this area outside of Delta.
5. Now for the Sidewinder Trail, the big boy trail. The people who designed this trail know how to have fun and keep things interesting. The entire system is just over 20 miles and provides sections for singletrack, horseback and motorized riding. It’s easy to get caught up in the fast and flashing portions of the ride, but make sure to stop for the great views and a slog of water.