Rockies in early April - Bad idea?

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  1. diegosaenz

    diegosaenz Been here awhile

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    Hello inmates, I'm in need of some trip input here. I'm planning to do a west coast trip from Chicago up to Seattle through Colorado, down to LA, east to Austin and back north to Chicago. I've been talking a friend that says that there's no way that's doable until late June, is that true? I'm not concerned in riding in the 30s but I definitely don't want to ride on ice or snow.

    I can either do it in early April or just do it the other way around. Hit Moto GP in Austin on April 20-22, start heading west to LA and then up, I would assume I'll make it into the rockies mid/late May.

    Figured I'd ask here as my friend tends to exaggerate things a bit much. Appreciate the input!
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  2. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    If you want to ride in ice, snow, black ice, and sub freezing temps then early april in colorado will be just fine. I've been iced in the middle of June around Durango before....and that's in the south.
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    Kind of.
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  4. offtheback

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    We get most of our snow in March here in Colorado.


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  5. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    You certainly wouldn't be doing any high (or mid) altitude off pavement riding. But if you hit a stretch of good weather, you might be able to sneak over a high altitude paved pass or two. Early April though is a bad idea. Late April is a better possibility. You'd need to have a few days of flexibility built into your schedule and alternate lower altitude routes should you hit a bad patch of weather.
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  6. banjobart

    banjobart Been here awhile

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    I froze in the snow on the passes riding across Colorado in late April last year, 2017.
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    shrederscott Long timer

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    I live in Denver.

    Early April on paved roads Colorado is for sure doable given a big enough window of time.

    It can be sunny and 60+ in the mtns ... but ... it could just as easily be full on blizzard conditions.

    Keep in mind most ski areas are still open through mid April.

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  8. EchoWars

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    There's lots of jokes made about 'springtime in the Rockies'. Thing is, they're not joking.

    (former Colorado resident)
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  9. OkieTom

    OkieTom Been here awhile

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    I am in Silverton from mid April to the end of October, April thru mid June is a crapshoot. Can be in the 60's and sunny or a blizzard. Just don't plan on any backcountry passes that early, not going to happen...
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  10. JohnnyWaffles

    JohnnyWaffles Been here awhile

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    Absolutely not. There's snow on Pikes Peak until June. Many trails don't open until mid-late June. It snowed in Vail in early June for a high school graduation I went to. It's not even a matter of having heated gear, etc. - the roads can be pretty bad and impassable for a motorcycle. Every year on this forum it freaks me out when people say they're doing the COBDR in April/May or October. Ridiculous. I'm glad you came on here for some advice!
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  11. ALinUTAH

    ALinUTAH Been here awhile

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    Oh come on people. OP, you said you would hit the rockies in May if you do it clockwise. And it sounds like you are just passing thru. If you are staying on pavement you will most likely be fine. Yeah it can snow in May and if it does it will be on the passes and will clear quickly, but usually it will be nice enough. But you won't be getting off the pavement.
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  12. diegosaenz

    diegosaenz Been here awhile

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    I won't be getting off the payment for sure, not by myself on a pig!
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