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Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Rockies' started by BigDogAdventures, Dec 10, 2005.
That is just what I was looking for! Thanks. I'll post some updates as I can.
Just came thru NM and CO and didn't a have any problems with the fires that were around NM earlier in the year. Also there is a bad washout in NM but there is a easy way around it to the left if your going north, right if going south. Roads were in great shape, no mud!
Have the Fire restrictions been lifted?
From what I saw yes, they have been lifted.
I need some help regarding GPS Routes/Tracks/Waypoints that I can download to my Garmin GPS 60CSx. I am planning to do the whole CDT starting on Aug 25 from Antelope NM to Montana. I only have couple more days to take-off and I am still stragling with my GPS routes/tracks. Please advice for an easy routes/tracks to enjoy.
Thanks for any help,
What is your specific problem?
Go to GPSXchange.com, Private Libraries, open my CDR 20x500 file in Mapsource, delete all buy Tracks 1-18 and click downlaod, select tacks and Waypoints, and send. You can then go back and find 2 more tracks you want and download them to fill your 20 slots.
The red tracks are athe actual divide just so you can see where it is.
Thanks so much for all the assistance to keep me going on this CDT adventure. Big Dog "Mark" and Cannonshot helps me a lot regarding my strugling in creating Routes & Tracks for my coming CDT adventure. I am really running out of time and I just use the Routes/Tracks/Waypoints that they provided to me. After reading and seeing many good comments of other inmates that uses their Tracks, It give me confident that I will not get lost by just following their Tracks.
Four of us rode the divide from Silver City New Mexico to Eureka Montana this past August. There were 2 DR650's, a DR, and a KLR. Originally there were 2 DR's, but one broke down just as we were starting the trail from Silver City. It was replaced with the KLR. Three riders had ridden the Baja and the Copper Canyon, one rider - me - had no real off road experience, but 45 yrs of street riding.
We deviated from Big Dogs GPS coordinates to ride over Stoney and Engineer Passes. We left Creede Colorado thinking that it was an easy ride to Silverton, we were in for a big surprise. The road started out fairly flat an easy, but as we approached Stoney Pass and started climbing, the road soon deteriorated to woop de doos, washouts, very steep hills of bed rock, boulders, and shale. We eventually got to the top of Stoney Pass, but for awhile it was quite a struggle. Going down was scary, due to the road width, loose rocks, and steep drop offs. If your like me and don't like heights it can be unnerving.
Originally we decided to go into Silverton, but it took us hours to get from Creede to Stoney Pass, and we wanted to do the Alpine Loup on the same day. When we arrived at the junction of Engineer and Cinnamon Passes we were getting quite fatigued, so we decided to do just one pass and ride to Lake City for the night. Checking the map, we decided Engineer Pass would be the shorter route. It really was quite a challenging ride. From the pictures of Engineer Pass that I had seen on the internet the road appeared quite flat, but it wasn't. Any soil that had been on the road was gone, and it was just bedrock, loose boulders, and shale. Because the angle of the road leaned downwards, there was no place to put our left foot down if we were to cover our rear brakes. We were off the seat a lot, slipping the clutch, covering our brakes, while trying to keep our momentum up. Again, like Stoney Pass it was technically challenging. However, it was all worth it as the views were spectacular. On that day we only managed 92 miles.
Has anyone else deviated from the Great Divide and ridden over these two passes? I have read Black Bear is the most difficult.
I rode my CDR on a Yamaha wr250r just last month. It was fun on that tidler, but if the path is dry like ours, you could do it on a Gold Wing. There are no technical dirt sections to the CDR. Not even the two little water crossings...unless it rains.
Those passes you discribe sound much more formidable than anything we experiencxed on the main route. We did a couple side routes that taxed us, though...:eek1
I developed a complete new route for New Mexico that follows divide much closer (crosses it 40 times) and has much more 2-tracks. See it on GPSXchange.com.
Would like to do Colorado but got side tracked doing the Great Western Trail.
Thanks - I'll get it and take a look. Maybe try it in the spring. Looking forward to your progress on the Western Trail too.
I cant find it.. is there a link?
You can't find GPSXchange.com? or the CDR?
All my files are in Private Libraries way down home page, and you don't have to post a tracks to download my tracks.
Early in this thread someone stated that the trail was closed to motorized traffic until after July 1. Does anyone know if this is still true today? I was wanting to ride some of it next week.
It's open year round... except for the snow! (Well, except for some Forest Service seasonal closures)
Several of those passes might be closed by snow as late as July 1st, but many areas are open much sooner than that.
The highest pass is in southern Colorado, but NM, especially southern NM, should be open much earlier.
So, generally, lower elevations are open sooner, higher elevations are open later!
See! Easy! Have a good ride....
I am planning on a 3 day trip with a buddy leaving from Denver and this route was recommended. We will be on KLRs loaded with camping gear. From Denver would the recommendation be to head South or North? What is a decent daily mileage on the CD?
I personally enjoyed Colorado more than the Southern WY portions. I would slab it up to the WY boarder, then take the trail south until you run out of time. I like the portion between Kremmling and Steamboat a lot. I did the CD trail and did about 300 or more miles per day, but this was long days and hard fast riding. We also changed the route south of Buena vista to remove the 50 miles of pavement and this added a lot of time going up and over the pass through St Elmo and down to Buena Vista.Just thought it might give you a gauge to go by. The Colorado from boarder to boarder on the CD could be a great 3 days. Use a bit of the first and last day to slab it back to Denver and the rest of the days on the trails.
Just got back from a Jeep trip up the divide (http://www.expedition-awareness.org) - I got through some of Wyoming before my GPS crashed. I had planned to make it through Colorado so I did meet my goals. Let me know if you have any questions...
I do want to let everyone know (in case it has not been posted yet) that between Kremmling and Hwy 134 when you are on county rd CO-6 a portion of the road was demolished a few weeks ago. It is supposed to follow Blacktail Creek north along the RIGHT HAND side of the creek. But according to locals, there was a big fuss about the logging industry using the road and it following too closely with the creek disturbing the habitat. There is a sign (that maybe taken down at some point) that says "LOGGING AHEAD". Just follow that road. It loops wide to the WEST of Blacktail Creek and will take you up to HWY 134.
My maps show it as FR-218 and it dead ends... but it does not. I believe this is the NEW CR CO-6.
The below pic shows the road that is no longer there in the rectangle. The arrow shows where you will need to turn. There is only one way to go here. It is really easy. I was in a Jeep pulling an offroad trailer so I was a little more cautious not knowing if I was going to end up in a place I could not turn around. Fuel was also 'on my mind'.
That section was closed last September too. The loggers came in and wiped out the road along Blacktail Creek south to Radium. The original access was at Hwy 134. I thought it had something to do with beetles. Anyways, we routed through Kremmling to get to Radium, and then came back out the same way to continue our CDR south.
Thanks for the info! We're leaving for the GDR tomorrow and I will add this to my notes.