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05-11-2008, 09:36 AM #1
TR: Segments 3, 2, and 1 of the Mellowrado Trail
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Feeling ambitious, the Mayor, squatch, bedtime4bonzos and I decided to ride the Colorado ("Mellowrado") Trail from Wellington Lake to Waterton Canyon, thus completing (albeit in reverse) the first three segments of the Colorado Trail.
What followed was a very long ride (we started too late), we didn't get back until after dark, and in sum, its a big ride (42 miles, close to 8,000 feet of climbing (per Motionbased), but 10,500 feet of descending]. Motion based data found here
BUT, the ride does include 36 miles of singletrack.
Loading up the shuttle (thanks again, Leah)
Looking out towards the Lost Creek Wilderness
The Mayor and squatch at the beginning of a long day
Pechelman lists his goatee on his organ donor card
Last edited by Rontele; 05-11-2008 at 10:51 AM.
05-11-2008, 09:37 AM #2
The author sampling the t3ch GnAR on the Mellowrado Trail
Gigantopithicus doing the same
More Mellowrado goodness
Sustenance for Gigantopithicus
Thus concluded Segment 3 of the trail. Segment 2 moves onto the burn area of the 1995 Buffalo Creek fire. Given is odd location between the South Platte and Buffalo Creek and its insane elevation gain, its not nearly as ridden as Segment 3.
Buff enough for you, Shirk?
Segment 2 is far rockier
and way FLOWIER
Eventually, the trail leave the burn area and goes back into the forest
And ascends high above the Front Range foothills
Only descend a LONG way down to the Platte
down, back into the burn area
Looking back towards the start of Segment 2 (behind that mountain)
Eventually you descend all the way to the Platte, cross it and begin the big climb of the day (25 miles into the ride)
Rontele and bedtime4bonzos fueling up for the climb
The climb sucked, but the views were great. For reference we started all the way in the back of this photo
After this, it got dark very quickly and the camera went away. We didn't get down to the end of the Waterton Canyon Road until 9, exhausted, but stoked on a great day.
Last edited by Rontele; 05-11-2008 at 03:09 PM.
05-11-2008, 11:30 AM #3click click boom
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That would have taken me 3 days.
05-11-2008, 12:33 PM #4
Laugh all you want, but GoFast and Clif Bars are like Popeye's Spinach for me, apparently.
That was a fun day, but having done it once, I'm not sure I would do it again. At least not on that bike.
05-11-2008, 12:45 PM #5
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05-11-2008, 04:07 PM #7
that looks fun.Drive slow, homie.
05-11-2008, 06:31 PM #8
I wanna do that. How much longer would you think it would take on a SS?Ride Fast, Live slow.
We're mountain people. This is what we do, this is how we live. -D.C.
05-11-2008, 06:40 PM #9
05-11-2008, 06:47 PM #10
Great looking trail. That is for sure my kind of trail!
Thanks so much for the stoke. We are still a few weeks away where I live from doing any higher up rides.
05-11-2008, 07:08 PM #11
Nice work boys.....looks really nice; that is a long way. How did you work out the shuttle? Did you get the car that night or the next day?
05-11-2008, 07:10 PM #12Registered User
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Mellowrado thats a cool name.
I would have only heckled anyone on that buff singletrack on a DH bike riding in full body armour
Looks like a fun day.
05-11-2008, 07:11 PM #13
05-12-2008, 08:43 AM #14
yeah.... looks like a good ride. i was skiing blower pow!
05-12-2008, 08:54 AM #15
What a big day. Im still feeling a tad tired.
Id definitely do this ride again, but maybe cutting out 1 of the sections. (probably 1)
This ride is really the "monarch crest" of the front range.
Amazing views, long, flowy, some smooth, some techy single track, and just pure awesome.
I dont have much to add in terms of photos, but Ill add a few that didnt end up sucking tonight.
I also do believe that is the first photo of me Ive seen that makes it look like I know how to ride a bike
probably because Im not wearing my roadie helmet
05-12-2008, 09:49 AM #16pump track nation
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glad SAR wasn't called looks like a fun time on the CO Trail!
05-12-2008, 10:05 AM #17
Smooth flowy singletrack = $$$
36 miles of it = not so much
You're fucking animalsA fucking show dog with fucking papers
05-12-2008, 10:21 AM #18Un Paid Spokesman
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05-12-2008, 12:38 PM #21
Squatch: you are the only person I will ever say this to.
You NEED a 29er
Thanks for the pics guys.STRAVA: Enabling dorks everywhere to get trails shut down........ all for the sake of a race on the internet.
05-12-2008, 12:53 PM #22
why stop there?
05-12-2008, 12:58 PM #23
05-12-2008, 02:29 PM #24
That is... long, very long... good work.40-14
05-12-2008, 02:42 PM #25Registered User
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I just got a message from dobish asking if I had seen Rontele becuase he was missing. I guess this was what you were doing Looks like you guys had a great ride. We were busy discovering an area of Grand Junction we'll likely be going back to quite often Take what you did and imagine a trail the exact opposite and that's it.
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