Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
The Davis Meadows trail is a faint, little-used singletrack that is worthy of much more traffic than this remote trail receives.
Running along the border of the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness, it’s difficult for a bike-legal trail to get more remote than this! The singletrack begins as a flowy line through grassy ground surrounded by aspens.
Quickly the trail gets more difficult, with steep rock rolls mixed in, or the option to down climb on a rickety wooden ladder. Around the halfway point in the singletrack, the trail crosses a stream and passes through a small group of ancient, abandoned cabins from the mining days of yore.
The final stretch of the trail gets much drier and rockier, ending in a technical rock-filled descent across the mountainside.
Boulders, babyheads, and ledge drops combine to create a tough descent—a radical departure from the rest of the trail. While the return pedal on the dirt road isn’t great, the views of the Fourmile Travel Management Area are stunning, and you’ll get a feel for just how far out in the middle of nowhere you actually are!