For the Middle Loop, or Mill Creek, pedal the Basalt Mountain Road double-track about four miles. It’s a grind, but not too technical. Take in views of the Elk Range, including Mt. Sopris, Capitol Peak, and Snowmass. Just past the gate, look for the Mill Creek Trail marker in the trees on the left. The next five miles of singletrack are mostly wooded with several creek crossings and a narrow bridge at one section. When you get to the bottom, take a left and head up Cattle Creek Rd. back to the parking lot.
Difficulty: Easy to intermediate
From Basalt to the trailhead: From Basalt take Hwy. 82 west and exit at El Jebel. Turn right at the Shell station and head up through El Jebel and Missouri Heights for about six miles past Spring Park Reservoir. Here the road forks. Take the right fork onto Forest Rd. #509 for approximately two miles, to the intersection of Cattle Creek and Basalt Mountain Roads. Turn right on Forest Rd. #524 and go six miles to the top of Basalt Mountain. The trail starts by a locked gate and the bulletin board is 300 feet past the cattle guard on the top.