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Along a very rough surface, at an average grade of 10%, this climb is difficult, so be prepared.

From the parking area, take Forest Road 890 up to Round Mountain. Bear left there and follow the abandoned jeep trail to a clearing and turn left at a sharp angle onto Forest Road 876. Take this road down to the intersection with Forest Road 860 at Superior Mill. Head south on Forest Road 869 back to the parking area.

Along a very rough surface, at an average grade of 10%, this climb is difficult, so be prepared. Once at the turnoff for Round Mountain, there are gorgeous alpine meadows and a terrific view down into the Rawley Gulch and Squirrel Creek regions. You will hike/ride close to several old mines; be careful and stay on the trail. Sections of the trail are difficult to find, so follow directions, maps and signs carefully.

The downhill on Forest Road 876 can be tricky for mountain bikers because it descends quickly and has several switchbacks that come up unexpectedly.
Some sections are single track hiking trails, so the tread is not very flat or wide and the tread tends to be rougher. Stream crossings are not difficult, but other obstacles to watch for are fallen trees and large rocks.

Directions: From Saguache, Colorado, Take U.S. Highway 285 north 19.0 miles to Villa Grove. Turn left on County Road LL 36. Follow this road for 14.0 miles to Bonanza. Continue about 2.0 miles to the intersection of Forest Development Road # 890 and Forest Road # 862. There will be a designated parking area that can access Kerber Creek Trail, Mosquito Lake Trail, and Round Mountain Trail. Begin at the parking area and take Forest Road # 890 to Round Mountain.

Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Rio Grande National Forest, Colorado

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