North Central Colorado/Wyoming Color Ride 9/27-9/29

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Kawasakirob, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. Kawasakirob

    Kawasakirob Long timer Supporter

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    This will be close to a 90% backcountry ride with minimal stops in towns for fuel/supplies. Camp spots will have no amenities, but be rich in views. The route covers close to 600mi largely on FS roads. If there was a dirt/paved ratio I'm guessing it would be 5:1

    The route looks to be big bike friendly but I've never ridden all of it, with the longest stretch looking to be 160mi between fuel stops. Plan is to leave Winter Park, CO on the morning of September 27th no later than 8am, and return sometime in the afternoon September 29th.

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    Your E to D stretch above Hayden on CR 80, I would cut across Routt County RD 56 headed east, it takes off to the est a few miles after it comes in from the west.after you get of Wolf Mountain, hit 46 to 42 to take you into Steamboat. First picture. Even better, there is a forest service rd, that takes you from Slater Park to Steamboat Lake. Great views of Hahns Peak, see pic 2nd attached, it is the green rd Screen Shot 2019-09-13 at 4.36.43 PM.png Screen Shot 2019-09-13 at 4.39.19 PM.png
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  3. Kawasakirob

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    I was thinking about that.

    The large part of the route outline is set in stone. Obviously its not detailed, but it gives a solid general idea of the main route. If you have a small connector that's worth looking at, it will be considered.

    @nwcolorider

    If you plan on attending, or have any questions, like a more detailed route outline, let me know.
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  4. Kawasakirob

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    More and more aspens are beginning to pop up here. I'll be doing a pre run this weekend just to double check on the big bike friendliness. The route, as mentioned above is close to 90% dirt but on mellow county and FS roads. Resources will be limited, so thinking ahead about food/ water/beer will be necessary but I do have the capability to filter water for a few people if need be. This is a route that will take you through nothing but Aspen patch after Aspen patch after Aspen patch. If you want to do the pre run with me, I'll be leaving my place in Tabernash at 8:00am Friday morning the 20th. Also, rope and a bag to hang food at the campsites will be necessary.

    The notable areas that will be travelled include Cottonwood Pass, Chimney Rock, Skirting the Zirkel Wilderness to Buffalo Pass, skirting the Battle mountains, up into the Snowy Range of Wyoming, Snowy Pass and up and down the Medicine Bow Range to the Laramie River Rd and Gould Cutoff + many more highlights.

    If you have a Big Agnes tent, we can even stop and look at the mountain the tents are named after....Big Agnes Mountain

    If you are new to this kind of riding and on the fence, know that you will be in good hands with two, very experienced riders, willing to help in any way, who are also KLIM supported professional backcountry snowmobile guides. One will be leading and the other pulling sweep, a trained paramedic. Riding pace will be determined by those joining.
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    Just looked at your post in depth. To come off Buffalo Pass, then to take 56 to 46 to 42 to steamboat only to refuel then head back in the same area to me, would be unnecessary travel. However.....taking 56 directly to 80 after fueling in Steamboat has been on my mind instead of hopping on hwy 40 to avoid the whopping 19mi of paved road.

    Also we will be seeing Hahns peak from FS rd 550 after going south on the unpaved northern section of 129.
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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    Where are the pix...…….:bash We need pictures...……………….
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    :lol3 Pictures of what? Pix of what? I'm not really sure what information your lacking here. Use your words.
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    I miss-understood, I thought you were coming from encampment to Steamboat. I ride this route numerous times a yr and I never backtrack anything. You can do it with no pavement except leaving encampment and coming into Steamboat.
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    It was a confusing map. Just realized the first map I posted doesn't even show the route through Chimney Rock (near Kremmling). Chimney Rock road is 100% legit, aspen paradise. If you cant make it on this ride, you should at the very least hit Chimney Rock in the next week or two.

    Other than that, from Steamboat to Encampment it's right at 150mi. Out of that 150mi, only 21mi will be paved which leaves us with 129mi of dirt.

    There is 15mi out of Steamboat to get to 56/54, 1mi to to get to Snake River Spur Rd/129, then 5mi once exiting 550 to Encampment.

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    From Encampment, Its 24mi of paved road over Snowy Pass to get to Sage Creek Rd to Jack Creek Rd to Saratoga. Then onward and so forth.

    The longest stretch I thought was 160mi without fuel, but its actually 185.
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    Never been up there but how is Chimney Rock rd for a big bike?
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    Chimney Rock is big bike friendly.

    You can access it from Kremmling via two ways. Rd 27 (dotted line) is the official entrance, but can be dangerous as its mid corner coming off of hwy 40 and comes up super quick if you're not used to it. The other option (highlighted) is 26. You can take 26 then cut over to 27 (which eventually turns into 100, then 11).

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    Once Chimney rock is completed, it's a 2mi road ride to the entrance of Buffalo Pass which will take you into Steamboat. Buffalo Pass is also big bike friendly.


    Once your into Steamboat, and if you're looking to loop back to Kremmling, Buffalo Park is the way to go. Buffalo Park is somewhat of a secret as you can go up there on a holiday weekend and only run into 5 cars. Go up there mid week and it's less than that, if any. From Steamboat, head over Rabbit Ears Pass to Rd 19. Drop South, and stay on 19/100 all the way to 134 (Gore Pass) which will put you at some very nice twistie bits to romp on before running back into Kremmling.

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    There are other options as well once down from Buffalo Park. Lynx pass is just next door and there are sections that will drop you off further down Gore pass which will allow for more twisties...but that's all I'm sharing for now. Everything mentioned is big bike friendly.
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    Thanks Kawasakirob. My brother and I are looking to try to explore more of the state from the Springs. Been riding awhile just not on big adventure bikes so looking to slowly cut my teeth and get better. Appreciate the tips!
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