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

Motorcycle Used: XR400R plated

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, 10:27 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, 12:25 PM   #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, 04:16 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, 04:45 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 08-10-2009, 07:02 PM   #6
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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, 08:21 PM   #7
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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 08-10-2009, 08:23 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!

Credit for the route goes to Pablo83. I was just following and making tracks.
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Old 08-10-2009, 08:50 PM   #9
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I rode over Pearl a couple of years ago on what was supposed to be a dual sport ride, going from Crested Butte to Leadville. Later on we joked that it was more like a cruel sport ride. I wouldn't mind doing again though, using your tracks.

I will be out there around Labor Day. I'll stop by and see you. Don't know if you remember but I stopped by last year while doing the TAT with my two riding buddies Dick (Dickosaurous) and Ken (Rufus)
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Old 08-10-2009, 08:52 PM   #10
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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!
Wow, I thought Pearl was tough pass. The nice part was the amazing scenery. Doing it at night sounds brutal, and cold.
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Old 08-12-2009, 06:51 PM   #11
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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 08-12-2009, 07:06 PM   #12
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Seriously, the key to riding Pearl is just pacing yourself. In most cases no one's handing out a trophy anyway.

JimR
The difficulty is not what stopped me each time---it was 4 ft. and deeper snow.

I know there have been years that the pass never opens up at all.
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Yeah, I know ...... I was just giving you a hard time because of your comment that you are too old. To steal some words from Malcolm Smith, ya don't get too old to ride ya get too old to crash.
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This looks like a nice loop trail opportunity around Taylor Park and then back to Buena. May try it in early September but it might kill off me and my flatlander buddies.
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:45 AM   #15
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but it might kill off me and my flatlander buddies.
If it does, be sure to post pics.
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