Rainbow trail in CO tracks?

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Rockies' started by Jeff@TheQuadShop, May 15, 2007.

  1. fotobo

    fotobo KTM rider

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    That is the North section that I always ride. That is a good place to start. It continues on South from there.
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  2. gpracer171

    gpracer171 Kodak Courage

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    All, I am planning a trip to ride the entire Rainbow trail from North to south in the next few weeks (early July). :clap I have drawn the route and added tracks for the north section that were posted above. However, I am new to the Dual Sport world and have not yet aquired a GPS. :cromag I have the Topo map with the info I have thus far for everyones use. On the Map you will also find driving directions for the wife to meet at camp for the evening and pick us up. PM me with an email address as I cannot upload the .tpo file from the national geographics TOPO porgram type to the forum.

    Now I know these things are pricy but I would be willing to take one on the ride to collect data topost when the trip is complete. PM me and let me know if anyone is interested, just thoughht I would check.:dunno
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  3. enigmatic_redhabu

    enigmatic_redhabu I really wanna be....

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    Well...Go to Salida and buy trail map.
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  4. gpracer171

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    Just tried the Rainbow trail this weekend to less than stellar success. We started at hwy 285. The first 3.5-mile were VERY tough for the intermediate riders and for my buddies KTM and challenging for and expert rider. First casualty was the KTM with a tall 1st gear MX bike it stalled and would not restart when hot) so the KTM turned around and bailed out 1.5 miles in. That left me with a flat lander. :stupid He suffered through the first 3.5 mile with a few get offs and then it became more flowing and a bit fun but that was short lived. He did OK until after we passed the CR108 (the last out for several mile). Then the altitude and fatigue set in hard. He bunked badly and started crashing and running off the trail every few hundred yards. :becca I kept him going (picking up the bike as he could hardly pick himself up) and we made it to Kerr Gulch and took the roads back to Lake Creek CG. 9 hours later we were safely back in camp.

    This is a VERY ROCKY trail. It seemed to have few spots that you could get a good flow going if you were not an advanced rider and able to flow over the trail filled with as many cantaloupe sized rocks as could be fit into any one trail. We did 27 miles in 1st gear, not much fun :splat. When I was on my own I was averaging about 18-22 mph versus the intermediate flatlander at 10 tops and 4-7 average :bash.

    I will say that the shelf trails are quite fun as well as the small water crossings. :ricky However these are a lesser % of the trail and rocks rule here 80%+.
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  5. Trailryder42

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    For your first taste of the RT you tackled probably the most difficult section of the trail. It's not all like that. Don't give up on the rest of it.
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  6. gpracer171

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    We are going back. What is the better sections? I like trails that have some flow and you can trist the thottle a bit. I am open to any suggestions. I did not mention it earlier, but we did head north from Lake Crek CG for a bit as well (maybe 3-5 miles). It was pretty rockky as well.
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  7. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    I've got 18 miles of the trail saved in my TOPO! program, but I have no idea how to export it. If anyone can tell me, I'll share it. This section runs from Alvarado Campground to Music Pass.
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  8. spidennis

    spidennis SandStorm Adventures

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    I've been drooling over doing this pass and other CO passes. I got a wr250f and I ride enduros so the tougher the route the more fun it is! If I could request though, you guys should post what types of bikes you're on and how you're loaded down with gear. less weight and lighter bikes seems to be the ticket here!
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  9. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    I was on a YZ400F with just a small backpack. Springs were too tight for all the rocks in the trail. A 250 would be much better for this trail. Your bike, an XR400, or the like would be best IMO. Travel light with your gear.
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  10. BigSwampPig

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    Riding the Rainbow trail in 10 days. Want to camp at Alvarado and leave a vehicle at the south end trailhead one day and the north end trailhead the next so we can drive back.

    Is there parking available at the northern and southern ends of the trail?

    Any other tips are appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Mike
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  11. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    Bring asprin
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  12. Countdown

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    Yes save Active Log and post it!
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  13. BigSwampPig

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    Bring asprin was right! Hell of a ride!
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  14. BigStick

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  15. Countdown

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    Can't find tracks on that site. Many people are looking for tracks, can you attach them here?
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  16. sanluissound

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    BigStick -
    I couldn't quite tell from the GPS.. Does the Rainbow Trail cross from East to West at the Northern end on the Sangres or did you pick up Hayden Pass there?

    If it is indeed the RT, how is that ride over? I'm planning a trip around the SLV this spring and will be crossing East to West up there somehow.

    Countdown -
    The GPS tracks are only available if you log into erverytrail.com, look in the bottom right hand corner of the page.


    Been lurking here on ADV for a while and now finally a member, looking forward to it!

    - Joe
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  17. Countdown

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    Thanks I wondered if that was case but didn't try.
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  18. Countdown

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    The above trip had a really bad track. this is what I have collected over time.

    Attached Files:

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  19. BigStick

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    Welcome aboard Joe! I hope you have a great spring trip...watch for snow. Take a look at Ramz's thread from last year for an idea of conditions in the area: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=776036 I'm guessing he/they will be updating it sometime soon. Great group of peeps in the Salida area.

    No, we didn't cross the Sangres on our ride, but I like Jerry's tracks into Parkville and Villa Grove. Seems like you could put together a nice big loop with those tracks. Of course, you can also cross the Sangres at the south end of Rainbow over Medano Pass.

    Jerry, Yes, the everytrail track is pretty low resolution which I guess makes it "bad". Here's our full resolution track.

    -'Stick!

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  20. Countdown

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    Stick,

    MANY thanks, finally someone posted real tracks of the whole thing which was the question that started this thread. Sorry about "bad" not descriptive at all. Having real active logs you can see MPH for any section and get an idea of how hard it is. Again THANK YOU so much for this log, I have been waiting a couple of years.

    Yes I noticed the possibility of a giant loop.

    For all, I will clean up my file and post it on GPSXchange.com so it is quick to find when this thread works it way to page x in a few weeks.
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