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Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by HellSickle, Jun 11, 2018.
Sorry if this is 205. Starting a thread for Northern Colorado trail status.
Donner was cleared to the top of the pass this weekend, and also from the pass to the end of Old Ballard. Zero snow encountered. Only a handful of down trees were encountered. We'll finish clearing the trail from Donner Pass to Crystal Mountain next Saturday, June 16.
On June 23 we will be clearing Swamp Creek Cutoff and the Killpecker trail in the Redfeather lakes area. Currently, 7 mile road and Bald Mtn road (517) are still closed. I'm hoping they will be open by June 23.
The Snyder Creek trails in North Park are in the process of being cleared. Grizzly-Helena continues to be a challenge. If the club doesn't get it finished, I'll probably lead a supplementary clearing project on the weekend of July 7.
This is a very handy site for MVUMs
Is it still not possible to ride from the Donner hill trail (near the top of Lookout Mnt) back down trail 934 due east to Crystal mnt road(344)? Last few years there are "no trespassing" signs and gates at 344.
Gaia overlay of private property shows the land owned by US forest service and State of CO. See pic:
You cannot legally ride thru that Green parcel of state land. Long story. Beware of game cameras in the area.
In other news, it appears that all of the Snyder Creek trails are now clear and open! The focus is now on finishing the Grizzly-Helena trail. The USFS has a youth crew that might be able to help out.
Ah - yep, I just searched and found last years discussion on that land.. Would be nice to take over that lease somehow! Anyway, once at the top, it's more fun to ride back west on 934 and loop back to Ballard.
For the trail heroes out there, here is a screaming deal on the worlds best folding hand saw. This is about 1/4 what I paid for one a few years ago.
Thanks Jeffey - Cant wait to get!
I'll try to join you all on the 23rd for Killpecker, etc.
Thanks for the work!
Will possibly be moving around this area. What size bikes can handle these trails?
4/14/17: Proud owner Tri Color 2017 Africa Schwinn
It all depends on the rider. I prefer a lightweight 2-stroke trail bike, but I've also taken an XR650L through these trails.
KLR 650's work too. . .kinda. But, your bikes cosmetics may be altered a bit. ;-)
Not to mention brake pivot mounts.
For those that can help with Swamp Creek/Killpecker on June 23: FREE BEER! Just bought way too much beer for a party yesterday and need to use it up before it goes bad. If someone can bring a grill, I will provider burgers & brats.
For liability reasons, you do need to be an NCTR member to participate.
I heard a rumor that some other group might have started work on Swamp-Pecker trails last weekend. This could be a leisurely ride.
I can be there Sat morning to early afternoon. Have to leave earlyish for my 20yr class reunion.
Update from the weekend on Snyder. Sat am was very dusty but rained Sat pm through Sunday mid day. Could tell NCTR had been through but still some fresh fallen stuff mostly on the far west end of things. Cut out probably 6-7 that were not ride over height
Thanks. Yeah, we clear stuff & a week later more trees are down. I carry a big hand saw year around.
All of the Grizzly-Helena single track is clear. We're waiting to hear from the USFS if a trail crew will be able to get to the ATV trail on the North End. I'm willing to lead another work party on the weekend of July 7 if needed.
Yea my Silky Sugoi got a work out
Swamp Creek / Killpecker (aka Swamp-Pecker) this Saturday, June 23. I will have membership forms for those that need to join NCTR ($30, membership required for liability reasons).
This should be a light work day. I've talked with others who have ridden these trails and there are just a handful of trees to cut.
Added bonus: FREE BEER after the ride
Kickstands up at 10am. Here are directions to the trailhead from Livermore.
Swamp Pecker trails are now clear. Not a lot of trees, but enough for us to drain one of the batteries on the new Husky electric chain saw. We ran into Motobeak at the crux of swamp creek on our way back. He's now a badge-toting state parks ranger who gets to ride for a living.
Donner is also mostly cleared. We only got halfway down the Sheep Creek side before weather moved in. It's difficult to be motivated to clear that section now that it's an out and back due to the state land closure.
Old Flowers East opened yesterday.