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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by HighFive, Aug 25, 2012.
know it was written last year, but thanks for posting this awesome RR
Thanks KTMInduro and all,
Not near as epic as your ride Monty but sure was fun and we hope to do others like this in the future while we still can...
Someone just asked about Rainbow Trail over on the Rockies forum, and this story was linked in it. Man, I was so glad I looked at this writeup. It was awesome.
I see you guys discovered the excellent cell reception up on top of Hermit. I was shocked to find that, so I had to call Hayduke down at Fattees from the summit just to harass him. Later when I saw him again in town, he said he hates when people do that because it makes him depressed while he's trapped in the store.
Great ride report HF and CB...and great pictures.
Glad you enjoyed it, TNC......we sure did!
In fact, wish I was doing it again (backwards) this year.
Great report, trails look amazing with a mix of everything needed for a good time. Thanks for the pics.
You guys mentioned you had tracks/maps for this ride.....I'd love to get a hold of those whenever you get a chance to post them!
Thanks for an awesome RR! I have a serious hankerin' to walk out of the office right now and go ride thanks to you!
fantastic guys, I found this RR from the husaberg adventure thread. Very much lusting after a 390 or possibly a 570 now. But out of morbid curiousity and having owned a WRR before, I have to ask. Could you have done it on the yamaha?
Yeah, I could do it on a WRR.....with a rather large rear sprocket. But the fun factor wouldn't be anywhere near what we experienced on the Bergs.
Its an issue of how hard do you want to work at it, considering the long exposure to high elevation (above 10,000 ft). Depending upon your physical conditioning, the WRR scenario could pose a problem.
Riding on the Rainbow Trail is not the same thing as riding the Rainbow trail.....as in the whole thing end to end.
Lots of people claim to have ridden the Rainbow. But in reality, they have only rode portions of it. Those parts usually being the easiest accessed, best groomed, and not so difficult sections. A WRR would be just fine for many portions of the trail like that.
However, it wouldn't be very desirable on one of the long, narrow, steep, overgrown climbs littered with baby heads, bowling balls, and wet tree roots. The WRR is too heavy without enough low-end torque to make a 3 mile climb at 10,000 ft very enjoyable in that stuff.
The trail is really ideal for a plated dirtbike. But you better have good riding skills and great slow speed balance, with no fear of heights. You can't afford to panic in a tight situation with severe vertical relief. I've been up there with good riders who discovered they couldn't handle it. Just didn't have the nerves for it. That develops into a dangerous situation fast, because its difficult to turn around safely on the slope in a 10" wide shelf trail to backtrack.
If the idea of that thrills you, Go For IT. You won't be disappointed! Just don't go off the trail. At the least, you're bike won't be coming home with you.
p.s. Where are the GPS Tracks? Beats me......that was Cyborg's job. He's hording them all.
Just rode Rainbow Trail a few weeks ago. The exposure sections cause extreme focus, but not the most difficult sections of the trail. We found the rocky/root sections to be more of a challenge. We found some of the most challenging single track riding out of South Fork. Super fun and just part of an 800 mile trip in Colorado riding up over 13,000 feet. Over 10,500 feet I could definitely feel the effects of altitude. I know when I crossed that threshold as my body reacted accordingly. Enjoyed your report!
what a great RR.. my kind of riding!
Here's a trip report with maps, pics and GPS tracks to download:
Rainbow Trail is a great ride and adventure!
Just found this RR. Great pictures! Its easy to see where it got the name "Rainbow Trail" If you fall off this trail, you will most definitely be "Over the Rainbow"!
That's a good one, kojack! Pretty accurate too.
Thanks for the compliment. One of the best trails I've ever ridden. Gonna have to do this one again some day!
This is an awesome ride report I've read many times. I've been to Salida Co area now 2 times and rode one section of the trail. It's awesome. I want to ride it all when I can get a partner to do it with me. Maybe next year...2016... haha. T