4 days in WY/CO on a CRF250L

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by JRG, Oct 12, 2021.

  1. JRG

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    I've had my CRF250L for a couple years now, and while there are some good riding areas in Minnesota, I decided it was time to going riding in the mountains, and try doing a multi-day bike trip. So I loaded the bike on the trailer and spent a day and a half driving from St. Paul out to Laramie, WY. I left home on Sept 18, hoping for good riding weather in-between the summer heat and early autumn snowstorms.
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    I camped overnight at the Twin Buttes Public Access Area just west of Laramie. Thankfully it wasn't too windy.
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    In the morning I got my gear loaded on the bike and headed west to Centennial, enjoying the vast Wyoming landscape along the way. The car and trailer stayed behind at Twin Buttes.
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    I took Barber Lake Road and WY-130 up and over the Snowy range pass, stopping to explore at the top of the pass. It was cool with high winds, but the views were great. I could tell the altitude was robbing some power from the bike, but it still did just fine.
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    My first off-pavement excursion was on forest road 336, which was a fun rocky ride.
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    I road down the west side of the pass and across the valley, stopping for food and fuel in Encampment.
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    Continuing west up into the Sierra Madres on WY-70. Near the top of the pass I took a side trip on forest road 412 to Bridger Peak.
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    Some weather was closing in so I hurried on my way down the west side of the pass, stopping for a look at Aspen Alley, which was upstaged by a lot of other scenic spots.
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    Then a scenic ride south on gravel through ranch country, crossing into Colorado.
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    A cow eyes me up, Hahn's Peak in the distance.
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    Stopping for the night at the cabins at historic Columbine. 180 miles for the day.
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  3. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Long timer

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    Awesome! Bring it!

    I have a CRF250L too.. not the fastest or bestest but it never ever quits and always asks for more!
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  4. barryscott

    barryscott Adventurer

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    Following along!! Would love to do something like this
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  5. JRG

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    Day 2
    It stormed during the night (Sept 20), and I was surprised by the view when I peaked out the window in the morning.
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    I put on my long johns and strapped my gear on the bike, gassed up at Hahn's Peak Roadhouse, and went in search of some good trails to ride. Some were too muddy.
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    Some were too big and boring (but great views).
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    My plan had been to spend the day exploring the extensive trails in the Hahn's Peak area, but with the sloppy conditions I decided to followed the cows' example and head south to lower, drier elevations.
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    I found forest road 471 east of Clark to be an excellent ride.
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    Rolling in to Steamboat Springs for a lunch and gas break. Snow dusting the top of the runs at the resort.
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    Day 2 afternoon: I spent the afternoon going up the Elk Park Trail, which starts just north of Steamboat. It's a nice rugged jeep trail that goes up up up the mountain, excellent dualsport material.
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    Then back down to Steamboat for the night. 119 miles today.
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    Day 3
    I headed east out of Steamboat and up to Buffalo Pass on a wide dirt road winding up the mountains.
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    I near the top of the pass I explored all of the jeep trails branching off from the pass road. Forest roads 60.2A, 301, and 306.1 were all excellent. 310.1 was nice too, but closer to a gravel road than a 2-track trail.
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    I also tried out a single track trail (#1023) that was great but too technical to be riding solo on a loaded bike, so I turned back after getting a taste of it.
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    Top of the pass.
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    Coming down the east side of the pass I was treated to sweeping views of the Medicine Bow mountains, 30 miles in the distance. The valley in between is North Park and somewhere in the middle is Walden, my lunch and gas stop for the day. My lodging for the night is on one of those mountains, up where the snow starts.
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    The east side of the pass is a smoother gravel road
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    Day 3 afternoon
    Working my way out of the Park Range into the ranch-studded valley of North Park
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    Had a late lunch/gas/grocery stop in Walden, the moose viewing capital of Colorado (among other things). Population 870, the only incorporated town in the county.
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    Getting close to the Medicine Bow Range.
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    Checking in at the "front office" for my night's lodging in State Forest State Park. They sell the tastiest homemade hand pies here.
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    Headed up into the mountains again.
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    The warm afternoon sun had melted most of the snow off the peaks.
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    Clark peak yurt, my lodging for the night, with its namesake mountain peaking out above the treetops.
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    I still had some daylight to burn, so I continued on the jeep trail up the mountain. The rockiest trail I rode, but the bike climbed up with no complaint.
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    113 miles for the day.
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    Outstanding!:clap
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    Bitchin !
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  11. popscycle

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    Great RR and pics! Thanks.
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  12. KYwoodsrider

    KYwoodsrider Base Camping and Day Tripping

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    Nice report!
    Looks like you had plenty of firewood at the Yurt.
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  13. Themastermike

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    Good pictures and ride dude.
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  14. Bhart89

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    Great report!
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    Nice images & RR !
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  16. BackroadsOnly

    BackroadsOnly Been here awhile

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    Great ride report. Having lived in WY years ago, there are a lot of uninhabited areas for exploring.

    The joke was always, “There are no little rocks in WY because they have all blown away.”
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