Colorado water crossing ???

Discussion in 'Americas' started by JRod152, May 18, 2012.

  1. JRod152

    JRod152 will work for tires

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    I originally posted this in the Americas sub folder... Hoping for a little more response here:

    I am planning on riding the Colorado section of the CDT with a few buddies this July from South to North. Our plan is to meet up in Quinter, KS, dual sport down to hop on the CDT at the CO/NM border, and follow Cannonshot's much detailed & informative route up to Aspen Alley.

    A big part of our adventure is the "getting there & back" so to speak. We will have approx. 1000 miles of joyriding before and after the CDT ride. I have been building our routes, tracks and POI in Basecamp trying to figure out an efficient but "off the beaten path" route down to the border near Chama, NM from Quinter, KS

    It is possible for us to take Hwy 17 the entire way from Antonito, CO down to the border and catch the trail there, but that would be boring. It looks like FDR103 in CO would connect with Forest Rd 74 in NM. However, in all the maps I'm using, FDR103 is not connected at the water crossing listed below.

    Here is a Google maps link for the water crossing on FDR103: Water Crossing in question
    37.000496, -106.332829
    (+37° 0' 1.79", -106° 19' 58.18").

    It certainly appears from satellite photos that there is a way to get through there, but I am unsure. One gentleman replied that there is possibly a bridge missing and it's impassible. Anyone confirm this? Have any of you been through here? Is it passible? Or should we take the 2 lane non-dirt route via Hwy 17? Or try it & see what happens?

    Thanks for your help. Wish I was leaving tomorrow.

    Jared
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  2. cms161

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    When are you leaving? I could possibly go check it out for ya. I will be leaving 5-29. I will go check it out for some mapping help. lol
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  3. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Zoomed in on GoogleEarth to the waypoint and there is clearly a dirt road going in one side and coming out the other. I haven't been on that road so can't say for sure, but unless you're pressed for time looks like a nice ride down to look and see if it's doable on dirtbikes. River level should be lower in July. Worst case scenario you have to double back.

    Maybe ask this question in one of the Colorado off-road 4x4 websites. The road looks well used on both sides which would indicate that it's fordable.

    Let us know what you find.

    Kindest regards,
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  4. JRod152

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    Thanks guys for the replies!

    I also was thinking the same thing regarding the Google Earth images. It sure looks like a decently traveled area. I think we'll plan on that route and if it doesn't work out, I think we can make our way via Forest service roads back to Hwy 17 w/o going all the way back to Antonito. If anyone makes it out there before I do, let me know what you find.

    We are riding very end of July and 1st of August. Cant wait. I'm on a 950se and 2 others w/ a KLR & a DRZ are coming. We are possibly looking for a 4th if anyone is interested.

    Happy Summer,

    Jared
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  5. cms161

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    I made it out there on Wednesday and I did go through the river its Much deeper than it looked. Water was way up on the engine I'm pretty sure up to the bottom of the carb, I was soaked to my knees I am not sure how the bike didn't drown out or get washed downstream. If the level goes down it would be fine. Once I was across there was no way you could get me to go back across. Its somewhat of a steep decent into the water and of course large slick rocks in the water. Its worth going over there just to see that train station that's just up from there. This pic is for reference the crossing is at 3/4 the furthest point of water you can see. I will pm you my SPOT tracking where I crossed it. [​IMG]

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  6. FatChance

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    Out of curiosity, did it look like there ever had been a bridge crossing the river there?
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  7. cms161

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    Not that I seen and I hung out there for a while.
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  8. JRod152

    JRod152 will work for tires

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    We made it across the stream no problem. I could see it being more of a challenge with early summer or a normal snow melt. This season has been very dry.

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    This was a great section of trail b/w Antonito and the CDT trail. If any of you ever have a reason to ride it, do it. From Antonito, it starts out pretty mild and mostly gravel roads, but turns into some rutted out and rocky 2 track. It was fun to ride fast on the SE.

    Thanks, especially to cms161 for giving me an update when he was there earlier. B/c of his input, we were able to follow this route to our first campsite and not take the "long way around" (not that Hwy 17 would have been too much of a drag).

    Cheers!
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