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  1. #26
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    Quote Originally Posted by rip View Post
    I think technically the gentleman's loop skips alta lakes and sunshine trail? I'm no good with the nicknames. However I can't really recommend this ride anymore as an 'epic' since the forest service came in and rebuilt the alta lakes section now called 'magic meadows' used to be a backcountry route finding adventure with some steep ass options to take, now it's a 8.5 mile green trail snoozefest smack dab in the middle of your 'epic' pedal. Total buzzkill. There are still some cool additions to make your prospect loop more interesting but they would best be discussed over pm.
    Bummer if they gave it the IMBA treatment, that was a fun descent on the backside. I'm sure it'll revert back. Most people probably ride the bike park-ish trails. Aside from the guys who offered to show us the bigger loop we saw no one else back there that day.

    And yeah, Alta Lakes isn't on the Gentleman's loop nor is it on the loop we did. Alta Lakes is where we were headed initially. Still want to check that spot out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evdog View Post
    Bummer if they gave it the IMBA treatment, that was a fun descent on the backside. I'm sure it'll revert back. Most people probably ride the bike park-ish trails. Aside from the guys who offered to show us the bigger loop we saw no one else back there that day.

    And yeah, Alta Lakes isn't on the Gentleman's loop nor is it on the loop we did. Alta Lakes is where we were headed initially. Still want to check that spot out.
    Its still a pretty awesome ride, up the G to prospect to alta lakes(magic meadows) to sunshine (t35) back up the goose. Like 25 miles and some rad descents. I'm being a bit nitpicky, it just is a bummer they didn't look more at that ride as a whole when they rebuilt the middle section. The main driver were that the old trails crossed some private land. Its a trail we need in the area but it should be close to town not smack in the middle of your 'epic'

  3. #28
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tech Tonics View Post
    A great short ride is to park at the bottom of Coal Creek on the N side of coal bank pass, up a couple easy miles on 550, then pass creek, right on EMT, down coal ck to your car. Like 90 minutes

    And really, coal creek is in great shape.
    OK cool, I was looking at that one too. I guess a 4th day ride is assuming I can even move by then, we'll be in Steamboat for a couple of days before Durango too.

  4. #29
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    Just finished Molas-Rolling-Graysill and I really canít imagine a better ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tech Tonics View Post
    Just finished Molas-Rolling-Graysill and I really canít imagine a better ride.

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    That's the one you pointed us to last year. Fully agreed. In my top 10 overall ride list now.

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  6. #31
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    IMO, Horse Gulch gets overlooked due to ease of getting to it. Something for everyone. Hospital is a short but standout trail.
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  7. #32
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roxtar View Post
    IMO, Horse Gulch gets overlooked due to ease of getting to it. Something for everyone. Hospital is a short but standout trail.
    Fully agree. I managed to put down 30+ miles of riding in Horsegulch over the weekend while getting all my household errands down. With the monsoon finally returning to Four Corners the town trails have been excellent. I feel pretty lucky to have that kind of access right out my front door.

  8. #33
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    Horse Gulch is a fantastic trail system, especially for in-town. But it can get hotter than Satan's nutsack up there this time of year.
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    Tons of good info already. I'll only add that if Hermosa Tours is running the shuttle, it is totally worth whatever they're asking to have them shuttle you to Kennebec Pass vs doing it yourself. Otherwise, yeah, up Champion Venture and just skip the first descent. Another question for the locals: Last time I rode Hermosa (and that was at least a decade ago), the ATVs had started pushing in from the top (backside of Purgatory) and it was essentially 2-track along the creek for quite a ways until it pinched down. Still bad? Worse? Or post-fire is it singletrack again?

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    Not recent but on my last trip there in 2016 or 17 the uppermost part of Hermosa was basically a jeep trail, then it narrowed to ATV trail. I think they couldn't get across one of the bridges so it was down to moto trail at that point.


    Planning out some options for my trip next week.... has anyone ever tried to ride around Kendall Mtn and surrounding peaks on the south side of Silverton? My Latitude40 map shows a bunch of trails in that area north of the wilderness boundary. They aren't very obvious on satellite. I see part of the area is WSA which sometimes means no bikes but the map doesn't list restrictions. I also see there's a plan proposed to add 30 miles of multi-use trails in that area. If anyone has been, is it worth trying to ride? Don't mind taking my bike for a walk....

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    Quote Originally Posted by evdog View Post
    Not recent but on my last trip there in 2016 or 17 the uppermost part of Hermosa was basically a jeep trail, then it narrowed to ATV trail. I think they couldn't get across one of the bridges so it was down to moto trail at that point.


    Planning out some options for my trip next week.... has anyone ever tried to ride around Kendall Mtn and surrounding peaks on the south side of Silverton? My Latitude40 map shows a bunch of trails in that area north of the wilderness boundary. They aren't very obvious on satellite. I see part of the area is WSA which sometimes means no bikes but the map doesn't list restrictions. I also see there's a plan proposed to add 30 miles of multi-use trails in that area. If anyone has been, is it worth trying to ride? Don't mind taking my bike for a walk....
    Hey Evan. I donít know if youíre on Strava but you could follow payson mcelveen. Heís been putting in big alpine rides almost daily in the area. Might give you options.

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    Sooooooo how was your trip? What did you ride? You had perfect weather!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tech Tonics View Post
    Sooooooo how was your trip? What did you ride? You had perfect weather!

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    Nope, didn't end up going. Too much shit going on with my business, and I needed to be at home last week and now to deal with it. I went to Steamboat for a couple of days, but that was it. Hopefully I'll make it down there sometime soon though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xyz View Post
    Hey Evan. I donít know if youíre on Strava but you could follow payson mcelveen. Heís been putting in big alpine rides almost daily in the area. Might give you options.
    Thanks Stu! Not on strava but maybe I can still see the routes on the site.

    Had an awesome trip mostly in Silverton. TR will come at some point.

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    Any recommendations on where to rent in Durango? Looking to rent for about 2 weeks. Would be nice to find someone willing to work on price.
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    BFD: timing?

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