Fenceline

Rating: 
One-way Distance: 3.6 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
MTB Skill level:
Elevation: 8655 - 9438 feet
Cellphone: 0-2 bars
Time: 1 hr.
Trailhead: Divide Road
Fee: none
Attractions: Multiuse trail




The Fence Line trail is located in the Plateau Division of the Uncompahgre National Forest near Delta, Colorado. The trail is part of the longer Roubideau Jeep Road Loop. Beginning off of the Divide Road the trail stretches at least as far as the Long Creek trail.


This post begins at the point where the Fence Line trail intersects with Long Creek.


The trail heads west following an easy to travel jeep road. The fence at this point looks like it has experienced a few too many heavy snowfalls since the last time it has had any repairs. The sole purpose of the fence is probably to separate grazing areas for the ranchers that run their cows on the Uncompahgre Plateau and they are the ones that typically maintain them.


Lined by aspen trees and pine trees the trail is very pleasant to travel.


Going in this direction the Fence Line trail is almost all uphill.


The profile of the trail shows the initial climb out of the Long Creek drainage. The total elevation gain amounts to 783 feet but being spread out over 3.6 miles it only has an average grade of 4%. Other than one or two of the steeper parts the uphill climb is hardly noticeable.


Even though this is a jeep route it doesn't require a lot of ground clearance. This is one of the rockier patches and many passenger cars could manage it.


As the trail nears the 3 mile point it passes through a green gate.


Near the end the Fence Line trail crosses the Parallel Trail which runs in line with the Divide Road for the most part.


After a little more than three and a half miles the trail comes to an end when it reaches the Divide Road. From here it is just over 1 mile to the left to get to the East Bull Creek Road and another 5 miles to the Transfer Road which leads to Olathe. The 25 Mesa Road, which runs between Nucla and Delta, Colorado, is about 7.5 miles to the right. We rode the Fence Line trail on our mountain bikes after doing the 25 Mesa Section of the Tabeguache trail. We used it to get to the Divide Road and back to where we had begun. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is grab your favorite OHV toy or 'Take a hike'.