/\ Camping Trip: Rainbow Trail, Sand Dunes & Back

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by aiMhi, Sep 4, 2014.

  1. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to asphalt!

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    Paul is a good dude
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  2. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    Sorry, not sure exactly where Lake Creek is.


    Yeah, Paul is a bit hard on bikes.

    Sounds like you won't have any issues.

    Man, what a sucky 4S rider in that video :eek1
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  3. PigTrail

    PigTrail Been here awhile

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    I just reserved Cabin #1 at the Sand Dunes Pool. A cold beer, a soak, fire pit, and food are always good after a ride. I might have another co-worker who is in for the trip. He's on a KTM 450.
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  4. aiMhi

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    Deal - we'll make the Sand Dunes Pool our overnight spot. Going cabin makes for less crap to haul... going to think about this.

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  5. Stephenson

    Stephenson Been here awhile

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    Just saw this - Keeping my eye on this, I really want to go. Busy month. I'm subscribed.

    crf450x
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  6. aiMhi

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    Sounds good Stephenson, I think you mentioned earlier this season that you wanted to do the Rainbow Trail.

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  7. aiMhi

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    Hope this crappy weather clears out, at least it looks like it in the extended forecast.
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  8. Stephenson

    Stephenson Been here awhile

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    I'm up to like 70% in.

    I think the rainbow trail going west is more of the narrow singletrack. Going east/southeast from cotopaxi I think is easier. The hard part was from cotopaxi to salida from what I remember.

    So, are you thinking no tents then? just the cabins?
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  9. aiMhi

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    Coolz

    Yes let's do the cabin thing, Ill get some details. It does get really cold out in that valley and would make for less crap for hauling over the Rainbow Trail.
    B
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  10. bobfab

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    this is a trail called rainbow trail in WA state if i recall correctly.

    This sounds like a fun ride! Good luck!
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  11. PigTrail

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    This was September near the Rainbow Trail in Salida 2 years ago. Hope the weather holds for us.


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  12. Stephenson

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    I looked at the site - there are cabins, but most are full size beds only. I'm more than willing to share one and I'll bring a sleeping pad and bag for the floor. I'm 80% there based on my scale...

    Also - any chance of a Hungry Bear breakfast Saturday AM in woodland park? I live by Ft. Carson and would rather just leave my house and ride up 24 to WP and meet everyone there. The breakfast spot would create a good meeting point. Thoughts on that?
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  13. aiMhi

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    Sounds good. I'll book a cabin if you want to share. Let meet at the Hungry Bear, I was thinking along those lines as well.

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  14. aiMhi

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    Hoping the Indian Summer will continue!!! It's been good and the 10 day forecast is nice... Hope it is not going to turn on us.

    Updated meeting spot reflecting Dakan Rd& 105 @ 7am and then Hungry Bear for breakfast in Woodland park @ around 8am.

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    Great. Will see you at Dakan & 105 at 7am.
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  16. Stephenson

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    Sounds good on the cabin. Awesome on breakfast. Are we cooking at camp out hitting restaurants?
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  17. aiMhi

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    The Sand Dunes pool is a bit isolated but they do have a grill that is open from 10am to 9:45pm. I have been there before and the food is good, they have their own greenhouse. I will most likely take some oatmeal for breakfast and coffee or if we get going late just eat breakfast at the grill.

    I will be in the Alamosa area for a family reunion next weekend and usually take the kids there, will scope out things a bit more.

    Have to fix my bike however, I went out and the bike quit 10 miles up Dakan Rd @ Rampart. Hopefully something simple. A friend dumped my bike and it quit running not too long after that. Had to trailer it out, at least I was on a KTM950 so we rode out two up and got my trailer.

    Pulling the carb off this am etc.


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  18. blackjackdavey

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    so how many cabins per people do you have now?
    i assume you guys are still bringing a sleeping bag?

    so i think i will bring the DRZ with saddlebags, and attempt Rainbow Trail at "careful" pace. :D anyone else who's not a racer that wants to pair up?
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  19. Motorberus

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    Would this be too tough on a DR650? I did the Dino ride on it this year and it was no prob. Will this ride be harder?
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  20. Stephenson

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    I plan on riding the rainbow trail. I have no idea how hard it is from the start point and direction we are going. I've only gone the other way from where we are starting. It sounds like there's a bypass route if you are not comfortable on the rainbow trail.

    I plan to pack as light as possible, but that still includes some clothes, different layers, the pad, and the sleeping bag (sleeping on the floor of a cabin - Bernie, I'm at 100%).

    Looking good! :thumb

    Andrew
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