This is another ride in the Monte Cristo area. Google directions to Monte Cristo campground. Take the 2nd left after the campground onto a dirt/gravel road. No signs. Travel about one mile to a 4 way intersection. Turn left. There will be some "No trespassing" signs. Do NOT park in this area. It is private property. Follow the road (Warning road is bumpy. Do not attempt when muddy.) Go for about another 3/4 mile to a large, open meadow area where you can park. Plenty of room. There are several ways to get to the Little Grand from here. We opted for mostly cross country. Our ride was on September 1, 2014. I would STRONGLY recommend a guide. We had guides who had been there before and even they took a "wrong" turn, taking us bushwacking through a forest. Even though we've done it once and have a map, I am not sure I would trust my trail memory of where to turn. It is gorgeous country, worth doing at least once.
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|Map showing the turn offs and parking area.|
|GPS track...this one was about 11.7 miles. Minimum altitude=8,144', Maximum=8,998'. Total ascent/descent=about 2,100' Trail conditions: Dirt roads and trails, about 15% rocky. |
|GPS coordinates for parking area: 41.2951730; 111.290250.|
|Critical turn off: 41.524831, 111.498440|
|GPS for this shot: 41.3133160;111.3035164|
|Photo courtesy of Jon Tanner|
|Lunch on the overlook.|
|This is one view of the "Little Grand" Approximately 41.547677; 111.507634|