Rainbow trail in CO tracks?

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

  1. sanluissound

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    Stick,
    Thanks for the great link and GPS track! I discovered Ramz' site while researching the eventual purchase of my WR250R. It's great to see he's so active on this forum and in the woods. (should he be getting a USFS stipend?!)

    Two of us will be circumnavigating the San Luis Valley over a 2+ week period. We're shooting a documentary about adventure riding, photography and music. We have decided to support ourselves (no camera crew) so in addition to the audio and photography gear we're hauling our video equipment. On top of that will be our camping/cooking gear and the like. It's bordering on an asinine amount of stuff that we're hauling. We intend to be off road as much as possible so having a handle on the snow levels will be critical.

    We plan on crossing North to South, over 50 at Cotopaxi then East to West over Hayden Pass to get us into the valley. From there we'll be tracking through Crestone, the Alien Watchtower and every other odd place we can find on our way down to the Dunes where will pop over Medano. We've got a route down and around the lower part of the valley that I'm pretty confident will be snow free but the northern sections (we'll also be going up and over around Bonanza), at altitude are my concern.

    It will be an adventure none the less! Thanks again for the welcome and yes the Salida area does seem to be filled with good folk that contribute to this forum.
    - Joe











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  2. Countdown

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    okay, finished product with some possible optons for a big loop but Rainbow trail takes 10 hours so it would be 2-days.

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  3. sanluissound

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    Countdown,
    Nice tracks, thanks. The run down from Hayden Pass through Crestone and on to the Dunes then over Medano is what I have in mind for part of my trip down there this spring.

    The word from Crestone is that the one and only gas station there will be closing soon. So keep in mind your nearest locations will be Villa Grove and Hooper (the station with the enormous roads side chickens).

    I can't wait to get down there!
    - Joe





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    Joe, you would run the north end both ways with a loop in the south? I was thinking about a giant loop using half the the Bonanza loop tracks.

    There is gas for sure in Hooper? Please PM or e-mail me if you do it so I can get tracks.

    I was working on better CDR trail but got side tracked by recording the GWT in AZ & UT closer to home and no one has done except Big Dog years ago with old GPS that makes Stick's "bad" tracks look good.

    Jerry
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    I was not very complete in my description.. Enter the valley east to west over the Hayden Pass then south to the dunes and west to east over Medano then a big ass loop around the bottom of the Colorado portion of the valley. We'd probably go through the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge then to the Summitville Trail, onto Wheeler Geological area and from there make our way towards Bonanza and some sort of northern (on the west side) exit of the SLV.

    I think there's gas in Hooper.. We've been going there for 20 years - all over the valley - hiking, camping, climbing, hot spring soaking, whiskey and bonfires, etc. There's been places coming and going but as of our last few trips Miss Deb's has been there -

    https://plus.google.com/112862033751617840096/about?gl=us&hl=en

    Embarrassing but what are the CDR and GWT? I want to ride them all! My wife and I will be hitting the UT BDR somewhere south of Sandy, UT (where ever the snow allows us) at the end of this month for a week.

    - Joe




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    Joe, what do you ride? All of the "BDR" are big bike Adv rides, not what I do. BDR was a spin-off of the Statewide Mororized Trail System I workon with government for years and finally gave up. See SMTS.com for history. Then along came GPS and Internet, don't need no stinking government signs now! See my files on GPSXchange.com for CA, NV, and now ID.

    Goggle is your friend.
    Grerat Western Trail Still recording GPS tracks for this.
    Contenintal Divide Ride
    Also see DualSportWest.com and Mex2Can.com
    I have everything on GPSXchange.com: CDR, GWT, Old Spanish Trail, Pony Express, and much much more.
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    I ride a WR250R.. no big bikes here. Not at least until a bigger budget and my 5'7" stature gaining some height!:wink:

    I'm just hitting the BDR for a week because it's close the baby sitters town and what I have a knowledge of in south, central Utah.

    I don't have any GPS of note, just my iPhone 5 with some pretty apps on it.. I'm a map/wander 'til you find it sort of person but my wife insists on having some idea of where were going if she's coming along.

    Thanks for the info and links - a quick perusal and I've already got a days worth of reading ahead of me!

    I'm looking forward to checking out your tracks on GPSXchange.com

    - Joe



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    CDR is the Continental Divide Ride. It runs from the Mexican border near Antelope Wells New Mexico and runs pretty much straight north along the continental divide to the Canadian border. It is a well-established route and lots of people do it. Good tracks are available on GPSXchange.com and DualSportMaps.com

    The GWT is much less well defined. It is not one route but a bunch of routes in parallel thru public lands. Some of these routes are non-motorized. And some seem to just be somebody's imagination.

    It "officially" starts a bit north of Globe AZ. Countdown, BigDog, Buddy_Hollyand others including myself have been exploring and coming up with a viable set of tracks.

    We have a good route now to the Mexican border south of Sierra Vista AZ. And I think Jerry has explored quite a ways into Utah.

    There is a long thread on recent explorations in GPSTracks- West
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=536733.
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