Colorado Singletrackin 2012

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by gee, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. gee

    gee Safety First

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    This years installment of some fine Colorado singletrack. Due to low snowpack and a very dry spring our higher elevation singletrack is open earlier than normal. My buddy Rich and I did a little early season exploring.
    Parking area congestion at the start of the day:

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    The ride started off with a steep climb, I had just changed my sprockets and chain and inadvertently ended up with the stock gearing, which was too high for some of this stuff, clutch abuse was soon to follow.
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    Last year when I rode this trail I was on a 2-stroke, this year I rode a 4-stroke 450, the big bike defiantly runs stronger up high and isn't as finicky about jetting, you pay a price in the added weight though. Rich also rode his 4-stroke WR450.

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    After the steep climb we were rewarded with some smoother trails. Here's Rich kicking up a little dust.
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    What a great day to be riding, it doesn't get much better than this!
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    Some exposure in a few places, not a place to be if you're afraid of heights!

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    Some days are better than others, this was a GREAT day to be above ground!

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    This was the first time riding this area for Rich, I believe he had fun.

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    Let's go that way
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    Still a few places with snow, during a normal year we wouldn't be riding here until mid to late July.
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    Don't choke here, big penalty if you don't make it
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    This tree just about took my head off
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    We dropped in elevation and got below timberline, even though we were between 9,000 - 10,000 feet, it was still very warm.
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    There's bears in these here hills!!
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    Here's Rich summoning his inner rock star, I think he just saw the movie Rock of Ages and had a Tom Cruise moment right there in the forest.
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    We had to navigate back down the mountain, in some places the forest was thick with vegetation.
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    Switchbacks are not my favorite obstacle
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    Eventually we made our way back to the truck, we came out on a paved back road and had to ride about 6 miles of state highway to get back to the trail head. All in all a great day of riding in the beautiful Colorado mountains with my buddy Rich.

    Trail encounters: 2 friendly hikers encountered during the first mile of trail, we stopped and chatted with them, courtesy and friendliness go a long ways!

    3 other dirt bikes, with one 67yo guy riding with 2 younger guys, I sure hope I can be out there riding when I'm 67.



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  2. toddler

    toddler Unpronouncible

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    Awesome. :clap

    I'll be there in August.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  3. Utah Bones

    Utah Bones Gas X ready!

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    Good stuff! :clap
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  4. unaweep

    unaweep Uses lotsa band-aids

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    Your e-mail broken?

    :lol3

    I watched the Fist suffer the penalty of that very spot where you note the high penalty. Scary!:eek1
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  5. gee

    gee Safety First

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    I think I was with you when the fist had that big pucker moment! This was a last minute deal, I'll email next time!
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  6. unaweep

    unaweep Uses lotsa band-aids

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    That's right! You were there! I remember it took all of us to get his bike back on the trail!:lol3
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  7. ktmdoc

    ktmdoc Been here awhile

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    Well I am a 69 yr old guy and this trail looks like my speed. Can you PM me with the trailhead location. Thanks
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  8. booniebasher

    booniebasher Been here awhile

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    please ???
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  9. CoTrailRider

    CoTrailRider Adventurer

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    I hate to follow the crowd but that area is beautiful. Could you p.m. the location. Thanks
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  10. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    Awesome ST! Thx for sharing.:clap
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  11. S.t.t.G.

    S.t.t.G. Mind over metal...

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    Awesome pic.....front page material?:ear
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  12. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Awesome X 2! :clap:clap:clap
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