One-way Distance: .48 km
XC Skill level:
Elevation: 9459 - 9522 feet
Cellphone: 0-3 bars
Time: 15 mins.
Trailhead: Priest Lake Nordic Trails
Fee: $15 donation
Attractions: Advanced Nordic
The Ripsaw trail is located in the Priest Lake Nordic Trails area near Telluride, Colorado. The upper end of the trail begins near the junction of the Priest Lake and Railroad Grade trails where it descends along a groomed route and rejoins the Priest Lake trail near the point where it intersects with the Hidden Valley trail.
The Ripsaw, Priest Lake and Ski Hill trails all come together at one point a little over a quarter mile from the west end of the Railroad Grade trail.
Going in this direction the Ripsaw trail is all downhill.
The trail is only 3 tenths of a mile from one end to another with an average grade of 7%. There are spots where the grade shoots up to 15% and that is probably what gives the trail its 'Most Difficult' rating.
There are a couple of turns to make but nothing too sharp.
The steepest part of the trail comes near the end where the trail cascades down another hill that has a nice long runout to it.