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    Brekenridge Trail conditions?

    I'm considering riding Brek Saturday. Any word on condition for Three Necks/Colorado trail?

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    Sorry, it's past saturday... but I live up here and the trails are coming along nicely. I road the Colorado trail today, and it was sweet. I only ran into one spot with a little snow, and a couple muddy spots (the weather has been pretty rainy up here). I've also road south side (by the ice rink), barney ford, moonstone, some in french gulch, and parts of the flumes. All of those are great riding right now. I'm going to go check out the peaks trail sometime this week, but I fear it may still have a bit of snow on it. It doen't get much sun, and a lot of it is north facing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brandonj1979
    Sorry, it's past saturday... but I live up here and the trails are coming along nicely. I road the Colorado trail today, and it was sweet. I only ran into one spot with a little snow, and a couple muddy spots (the weather has been pretty rainy up here).
    How far up toward GA Pass have you ridden? I'd suspect the first descent off the pass which drops down to the Middle Fork is still snowy/muddy? Thanks for the updates!

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    Thx for the info...unfortunately the sky opened up in a big way just as we were preparing to set off on the CO trail....I'll be back soon !

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    Peaks trail is a no go It's very wet, muddy, and vulnerable. Please don't bike on it. It will only ruin it for the rest. Give it 2 weeks(weather permitting) and it should be a lot better
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    How far up toward GA Pass have you ridden? I'd suspect the first descent off the pass which drops down to the Middle Fork is still snowy/muddy? Thanks for the updates!
    It's a bit muddy, but not snowy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by brandonj1979
    It's a bit muddy, but not snowy!
    It's always a bit muddy... so I guess it's good to go!

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    Blair witch and the section of the CT to it from Horseshoe gulch was totally dry mid last week. One of my friends rode toward the RV park and turned around due to wetness. When you say the CT is dry what section are you speaking of? I can't imagine west ridge is ready and the section from Horseshoe to Reds trail usually dries out a little after the Horseshoe to RV section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm
    Blair witch and the section of the CT to it from Horseshoe gulch was totally dry mid last week. One of my friends rode toward the RV park and turned around due to wetness. When you say the CT is dry what section are you speaking of? I can't imagine west ridge is ready and the section from Horseshoe to Reds trail usually dries out a little after the Horseshoe to RV section.
    Could we ride Aqueduct, up Keystone Gulch to CT > Blair Witch > Soda Creek?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rontele
    Could we ride Aqueduct, up Keystone Gulch to CT > Blair Witch > Soda Creek?
    I'd be surprised if that went right now. It's been grey, chilly and wet up here for the last three weeks and the snow melt has definitely slowed down. The trail climbing out of Keystone Gulch is all north facing. I've been told that the three Soda creek trails are free of snow but with all this rain I'm sure they are muddy.

    Summit is not very pretty right now..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm
    I'd be surprised if that went right now. It's been grey, chilly and wet up here for the last three weeks and the snow melt has definitely slowed down. The trail climbing out of Keystone Gulch is all north facing. I've been told that the three Soda creek trails are free of snow but with all this rain I'm sure they are muddy.

    Summit is not very pretty right now..........
    Thanks for the heads up. We'll likely stick down here then.

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    Update as of 6/5. I rode some of the stuff around the ranch today, as a first ride of the season up here to check things out. There are isolated pockets of junk on the trails I hit. There were a couple longer sections where the trail was flooded with running water. These were in the lower drainage areas with some minor trail damage. Most of the climbs were OK - careful on the downhill with slick corners.

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    reds trail was a flowing creek yesterday just 1/4 mile up from the back ranch. i haven't seen that much water on it in years. climbed up the CO trail R from horseshoe gulch and encountered lot of water and mud on the trail just 1/2 mile up. def more from rain than snow melt, but very wet.
    i know this has been said alot, but don't even ride in summit right now unless you plan ride through small puddles and mud or walk gently around them. do NOT ride around mud and wet spots.....please! so many riders this season are not following these simple guidelines. if you are afraid to get your fancy bike muddy and your new jersey dirty just stay at home...or go road bike.

    /rant

    these are ready or very close:
    blairwitch
    parts of the back ranch
    moonstone
    barney ford
    juniata
    flumes below toxic forest
    some of the french creek singletrac
    ice rink trails
    blue river trail
    CO trail from horseshoe gulch to rv park
    aquaduct trail

    don't even try:
    moonstone connecter (it's a swamp and people are still riding it)
    peaks trail (one of the last to dry...stay away!)
    reds trail (it's a creek, not a trail)
    west ridge (very fragile and shaded)
    middle fork?
    little french
    bakerstank (huge bog in the middle section)
    anything on baldy (just snowed 6+ inches up there)
    toxic forest (north facing)
    great flume & S fork
    north facing back ranch trails

    feel free to correct or update any of this info...lets keep this thread rolling!
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    reds trail> CO trail >horseshoe gulch is rideable.

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    We went to ride up Reds from the bottom last night and the trail was a creek that seemed to go up quite a ways. We turned around so not to 1) Get soaked and 2) damage the trail.

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    yeah,,,the trick is to take that sketch connector trail from the blairwitch intersection and you miss all the water on the trail. it's surprisingly dry after the first creek section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CO_freeride
    yeah,,,the trick is to take that sketch connector trail from the blairwitch intersection and you miss all the water on the trail. it's surprisingly dry after the first creek section.
    Not sure what you mean by sketch connector. From the Blair Witch intersection, along with Blair Witch there is what I call East Soda (some call it the giraffe) and Middle soda, (AKA "Hippo") both of which will get you down to the homestead. Then there is a game trail that the last time I explored it on foot a couple years ago petered out after about 5-600yards.
    Maybe that trail goes through now, but to be honest, since we're fortunate to get most of the established old double track truning to single track trails in the Soda creek/Summit Cove/Homestead area designated as system trails in the travel management plan, it doesn't look good for mountian bikers to be pushing new trails through the woods in. The two trails specialists at the ranger district, Cindy Ebbert and Ken Waugh are both pretty fit people who get out trail running and mountian biking and they know a lot more about what's going on on the ground than most people think.

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    yes...the game trail from the blairwitch intersection connects with reds now. def not a popular trail by any means. i don't ever ride it except in this instance to avoid the water at the bottom of reds.

    any word on the conditions of middle fork or west ridge?

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    Middle fork might be good to go. West Ridge I doubt it but I need to get up there to check for blow down as part of our CT adopters duties. It's often not ready till towards the end of June and the way this year has gone I'll bet it won't be ready before then. Hopefully these last semi sunny semi warm days are helping.

    I still am having trouble imagining that trail going through to Reds. To get to Reds wouldn't it have to cross the creek bottom somewhere and as far as I know that area is all willows and wetland. Of course, as far as I know, leaves a lot of room for being wrong. None the less, I think it's best if we (mountain bikers) do not keep beating trails in all over the place because we're too impatient to wait for the trails to dry. Understandable to an extent, but we need to do everything we can to maintain our good relations with the Forest Service and the wildlife folks and it took a lot of work to get them to be open to the idea of bringing all those trails in Soda creek into the system since that area is a high value wildlife habitat area. The last thing we need to be doing is beating new trails in, especially when there is already a great system of trails available.

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    Rode Keystone Gulch, West Ridge, Ranch loop on Sunday. Switch backs up west ridge were dry, 3 small snowy patches on singletrack up to CT. Switch backs down were dry, and fast. I'm not sure of the names, but after the pygmy forest section the trail gets f'd up with water running down it for 50 yrds or so. Ranch is dry except for the usual wet areas. People have been riding around the water instead of walking it.
    We need to get the word out, even though it sucks, riders need to walk the wet sections (there are only a few you lazy f's) instead of braiding the trails out into the sage. It is mostly locals that are gulity of this.
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    rolled the dice today and rode middle fork CO trail and west ridge. middle fork was tacky and fast with 3 small puddles. good to go!
    west ridge is a different story. the first drifts were encountered about 1/4 mile from the clearing with the view of the outback quad. the snow didn't get bad until the first downhill section leading to trail that comes up from the gulch rd. and continued to a 1/4 mile before the switchback downhill on the west side. i pretty much walked the whole section to prevent trail damage. some of the drifts were knee to waist deep on shaded north aspects. the major problem is as this section melts it will just get more muddy and less slush to walk on to prevent damage. i would guess this section has a least 2 weeks to be good to go with the kind of rainy and cool weather we are having. overall the people the are riding it are keeping damage to a minimum by light walking on or around the snow. there are always a few yahoos that just have to ride into the woods and create their own paths. lets hope for some warm sunny weather to dry out these trails...at least we have a few options until then.

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    I figured that side wasn't ready yet.
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