Check out what it’s like to ride some of these crazy trails in these vids. One thing – the GoPro Karma Grip gimbal is sooooo smooth that it makes the trail a lot less scary than it really is.
Stanley Mountain Hike
On Sunday, the family drove to the top of Berthoud Pass and headed up to Stanely Mountain on a beautiful late summer day. It’s a pretty easy hike although there is a section of switchbacks up a steep pitch that make the legs burn. We made it most of the way.
the super magic bus, not sure why it’s super or magic
At the front of the ride is a bit of descent overlooking peaks to the west, and then a relatively gentle climb for a few miles. After that, it’s fun flowey downhill through really tight trees. On one occasion my handlebars whacked a tree and I nearly went off the bike.
At one point I passed over a section that had odd and unofficial signage about potential mercury tailings in the soil.
The Super Magic Bus
This trail has an old school bus off the path, and as I got closer to the bottom of the descent I wondered where it was. Then I saw the glint of yellow out of the corner of my eye, and headed over to check it out. The bus is near an old abandoned shack in the middle of the woods. It’s actually a little creepy (I just watched Blair Witch this past weekend).
My family and friends Greg and Patty Keller headed to Crested Butte this past weekend to do some riding through the burgeoning wildflowers. And after 25 years of mountain biking, I can say Dr. Park is in my top 5 rides on the planet. Fast flowey singletrack through pristine aspen glades for miles.
First, you have to cross over a wide stream that is flowing fast in the early summer.
It’s a gentle climb up to the summit, but the altitude is above 10K, so it’s slow going.
I can’t wait to try this during peak fall color.
Kyle and I start the CT on Wednesday, so be sure to check back in a few days for an update.
My son Kyle and I are in final prep to bikepack the Colorado Trail next month, riding every day. Yesterday I convinced him to do the Picture Rock / Wild Turkey Loop in Lyons, CO, which is my favorite ride on the front range.
I’ve been jonesin to do this for weeks, but the trail has been closed because of wet sloppy conditions from all the spring snow and rain.
Kyle wasn’t as psyched as I was, as he had done this last year with his high school mountain bike team and struggled with the technicality of the trail – there is quite a bit of rock hopping. I said, “Dude, you’ve put on 6 inches and 30 lbs of muscle, you’ll do fine.” Sure enough, he was ahead of me the whole uphill. He’s still skittish about the downhill, but by the end of July after 500 miles of bikepacking and nearly 100,000 ft of descent, I suspect he’ll be in prime shape to return to his team practice in August.
One of the highlights of the trail is passing by an old homestead with a circa 1930s car aside the trail.
At the top of the loop you hit a rock outcropping with great views. As we approached we heard thunder, despite the forecast of no rain. We took a few photos and hightailed it down the hill, but still got caught in a rainstorm that soaked us to the bone.
I was out in front on the descent and after turning a corner nearly ran over this.
He’s lucky I was going slow because of the rain. Kyle and I have run over many snakes on our bikes, and I don’t think they do well afterwards.
I asked Kyle on the way back if the trail was easier, and he said, “Yeah, way easier.”
It’s springtime in the Rockies, and that wouldn’t be complete without a nice mid-May snowstorm. So while it’s snowing outside, I figured I’d write up a post on a local favorite, Hall Ranch, that I did last Friday.
There are two parking areas for Hall Ranch – on the north side is the Antelope Trailhead and gentle Antelope trail, and on the south side is the Bitterbrush Trailhead, which is what I typically do. The Bitterbrush trail is relatively smooth at the start as you climb, but then transitions into a fun but tough rock garden that forces most folks off the bike at several points.
The garden is only for about a half mile, and then you hit a summit with nice views of the valley.
You can then continue and do the Nelson Loop.
At the top you’ll get great views of the nearby peaks, Coffintop, Cook and Button Rock.
From this point, it’s pretty much all downhill fun, particularly when you get back to the rock garden!