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Old 08-07-2009, 07:46 AM   #1
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Taylor Park Colorado- Singletrack, Pearl Pass, Taylor Pass

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Type of roads/trails: Single track, gnarly jeep roads

Difficulty: Some easy to moderate singletrack, then fairly difficult terrain over Pearl Pass, and coming down the south side of Taylor Pass.

Rode this with Pablo83, Mountain Eagle, and Mommer from West Fest camp this year- Buena Vista and back, but this track starts at the Taylor Park store, follows easy gravel roads for awhile, dives into singletrack including Brush Creek, then it gets fun. Pearl Pass is a difficult pass on two wheels. Best suited for trail bikes- I wouldn't take my 950 on it. The most spectacular pass I've ever seen, though, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat!

After Pearl, we headed to Ashcroft, then back south over Taylor Pass. Taylor is easy on the North side, but the south side is very rocky, and one section is litterally in the Taylor River streambed, with basketball sixed rocks under a foot plus of swift water.

The track ends where we hit the main gravel road...and my battery died.
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:27 PM   #2
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Duke, any idea why do I get "upload of file failed" every time I try to post GPX files?
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Old 08-09-2009, 11:25 AM   #3
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Duke, any idea why do I get "upload of file failed" every time I try to post GPX files?

Not sure, Paul. Uploading has been sketchy lately.

Are you sure you have all the extraneous waypoints deleted, etc.?
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Old 08-09-2009, 03:16 PM   #4
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Not sure, Paul. Uploading has been sketchy lately.

Are you sure you have all the extraneous waypoints deleted, etc.?
Fuck if I know. What'a an extraneous waypoint? I deleted all the waypoints. The file is 444 KB.

It's not a big deal, it would just be nice to know what the hell I'm doing wrong.
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Old 08-09-2009, 03:45 PM   #5
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Pearl Pass

Hey Heyduke,

that stinkin' pearl pass has turned me back at least 3 times----always very deep snow--now I'm too old to try----shit

Here was one attempt----it was near the top then I hit some 8 ft. snow drifts.

Yes that is one mean mutha--coming from the North it was the toughest place I'd ever been on a dirt bike---I was on a DRZ400 in this picture--years ago.

I may be blowing thru your area soon---I'll try to stop and say hi.

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Old 08-12-2009, 05:51 PM   #6
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that stinkin' pearl pass has turned me back at least 3 times----always very deep snow--now I'm too old to try----shit
I'm not buying it Mark. The day I took this picture of my LC4 at the top, one of our group was 70 years young.



Seriously, the key to riding Pearl is just pacing yourself. In most cases no one's handing out a trophy anyway.

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Old 08-10-2009, 06:02 PM   #7
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Fuck if I know. What'a an extraneous waypoint? I deleted all the waypoints. The file is 444 KB.

It's not a big deal, it would just be nice to know what the hell I'm doing wrong.
Might just be a server issue, then. It's been a bit wonky. try again!

Mark- it'd be good to see you again! Pearl is open now, btw.
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Old 08-10-2009, 07:21 PM   #8
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I rode over Moquito, Weston, Tincup, Taylor and Pearl last year to get from Leadville to Crested Butte. Ended up doing Taylor and Pearl in the dark, and it took a while. Some fairly gnarly stuff in there.

Great route Duke!
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Old 07-12-2011, 03:24 PM   #9
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Open??

Anyone know if this track is open? I was going to check it out next weekend when I am up visiting from Kansas
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Old 07-15-2011, 03:53 AM   #10
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Anyone know if this track is open? I was going to check it out next weekend when I am up visiting from Kansas
Let me know what you find out as I'll be going up in that area for a week on Saturday (7-23) after riding around Lake City next week.
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Old 07-16-2011, 07:31 PM   #11
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Dreamers! Colorado high country has two seasons; Winter, and August.
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Old 07-17-2011, 05:57 AM   #12
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Dreamers! Colorado high country has two seasons; Winter, and August.
Lol!!!

My sister & brother-in-law have been up in Lake City for two weeks already. She said there's a lot more snow on the mountain tops than the last two years.
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Old 07-17-2011, 05:24 PM   #13
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I was just in the area (Spring Creek) last week. The lower elevation trails just opened up in the past two weeks. Most of Taylor is open, but I can't imagine there's any way Pearl Pass is open.
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