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  1. #126
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    Quote Originally Posted by smmokan View Post
    Makes zero sense whatsoever. They're essentially forcing people to ride it during the hottest months of the year.
    Zero sense?

    Ok front ranger. You guys keep orange vests in your Enduro outfit rotation?

    I'm guessing it coincides with rifle season. Grand Mesa is used for hunting and fishing WAY more than cycling. Safety first, plus they bring more money to the community as well so they get priority.

  2. #127
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    First rifle is 10/16, I was thinking that it could be due to the hunting season too, as archery runs through the 30th.
    "If we can't bring the mountain to the party, let's bring the PARTY to the MOUNTAIN!"

  3. #128
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phall View Post
    First rifle is 10/16, I was thinking that it could be due to the hunting season too, as archery runs through the 30th.
    Grand Mesa has moose so it starts 10/1

  4. #129
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    Quote Originally Posted by simple View Post
    Zero sense?

    Ok front ranger. You guys keep orange vests in your Enduro outfit rotation?

    I'm guessing it coincides with rifle season. Grand Mesa is used for hunting and fishing WAY more than cycling. Safety first, plus they bring more money to the community as well so they get priority.
    And that fact was unknown to them before building the trail? I doubt it has anything to do with hunting season.

  5. #130
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    Yeah, I'm curious as well. I don't think closing mountain bike trails during hunting is very common.

  6. #131
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    I've never heard of a closure related to hunting other than wildfire and calving.
    Is it radix panax notoginseng? - splat

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    Quote Originally Posted by MakersTeleMark View Post
    I've never heard of a closure related to hunting other than wildfire and calving.
    I only shopped short of saying 'never' because I figured someone would jump on it to correct me.

  8. #133
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    I bike in my orange vest during the season.

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    skiing is hiking all day so that you can ski on shitty gear for 5 minutes.

  9. #134
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    I've got a bright orange jersey.

  10. #135
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    I put a pumpkin nrs'd on my seat.
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  11. #136
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowaddict91 View Post
    Well, I rode the whole thing today, the exposure didn't freak me out too much, but holy shit that was a lot of pedaling. The grade reversals on the lower part are a bit much, like we are descending a fucking cliff face why are we climbing?
    I rode the whole thing the other day as well, last comment above kinda sums up my thoughts. I liked it overall, but the plunge seemed to drag on forever. It wasn't just grade reversals, there were plenty of small ones which were fine. But lots of spots where you had to climb a while. Normally not an issue but in full sun exposure and 90f it really wore me down.

    Honestly I probably liked the riding up top best, 12 miles or so of fairly flowy meadow riding and cool temps. Then below shirt tail point some nice techy switch backs. But then it gets tough with lots of short steep rooty climbs in the trees. Once those rocks poke out of the dirt more it's going to give lots of riders fits. And the rocks don't let up on the descent. I think that will pose more problems for riders as the trail wears in than loose edges or exposure. I had to wait some days due to storms and the trail seemed pretty nicely packed for the most part. I walked a couple tech sections as they were covered in loose moondust. The others weren't too bad. Had to skip the bottom most portion which was apparently covered in loose boulders and mud following recent storms. Just skipped over to the rim trail for final descent.

    Would I ride it again.? Yes, but if doing it during hot temps I'd start at like 2pm so temps would be dropping as I hit the descent, and finish at sunset.

    Last edited by evdog; 08-06-2021 at 09:51 PM.

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