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    Chalk Creek - Salida/Buena Vista Area

    Anybody familiar with the riding up Chalk Creek (Mt Princeton Hot Springs)? I hiked part of the Antero OHV trails this week and saw several other trailhead signs. Of course lots of snow now, but I'll be returning in the fall for more work up by St Elmo. Any info appreciated. Thanks

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    I dont know about the Antero side, but a lot of that land surrounding Chalk Creek from HWY 285 all the way to the base of Mt. Princeton is a working cattle ranch. There's several miles of mtn bike trails on it (family are avid riders) but I don't think they're super open to just anyone cruising around up there. There's a service road from the hot springs that goes a LONG way up Mt. Princeton, but I'm unaware if there are any other trails that stem from it. I'm also not sure about the land from the base of Mt. Princeton up, and I'm not EXACTLY sure where the ranch land ends, but I know it's a ways back. They also own quite a bit of land with trails on the other side of the highway, IIRC.



    EDIT: There is TONS of other riding in the BV/Salida area, check in with Absolute Bikes in Salida and they'll give you the scoop. Also, TomP is a local down there, he might have a little more beta than I do.
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    The Colorado trail crosses the road up Chalk Creek very near the hot springs. You can go either way from there.
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Go ride the S trails in downtown salida! You can ride them from the bike shop and they are tons of fun!! I heard tom say the rainbow trail might be dry too. Check with absolute

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    The Chalk Creek Rd continues up and turns into miles of jeep roads that cross several high passes.

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    Climb Mt. Princeton.....why settle for less?

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    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek View Post
    The Colorado trail crosses the road up Chalk Creek very near the hot springs. You can go either way from there.
    Truth is spoken.

    The section that heads north starts off the jeep road up Mt Princeton. There's a young life camp up the paved road from the hot springs (first sharp left turn once you reach the top of the hill) and from there the jeep road heads up, it goes to about 12,000 feet ending at a hut, which is worth seeing. The CO Trail heads north at the second switchback on the road. It's super nice, really pretty trail and not very often ridden. If you're starting from Princeton Hot Springs I'd do it out and back.

    Heading south, there's an initial hike-a-bike then nice cruising trail in Raspberry Gulch. Then another long hike-a-bike and beautiful technical trail on up to Blanks cabin (AKA the Mt Shavano Trailhead, pretty close to due west from Salida). My preference is riding it south to north starting at Blanks. Lots more of it's downhill that way. But some hike-a-bike in either direction. The Raspberry Gulch bit is probably quite dry by now.

    Up by St Elmo there's some trail, but lots of it is very climby moto or jeep trail. Loose and rutted. About a mile west of the Hot Springs up the road, there's a side road, I believe it's CR 292 that dead ends into a non-motorized section of the old railroad grade. It traverses along the side of Antero and is pretty cool just because of the views of the Chalk Canyon and cliffs. Great place to take kids. It's about 3 miles before it meets up with the road to St Elmo.

    The Alpine Tunnel-CDT-Tincup loop is spectacular. Starts at the old Hancock townsite at the base of the climb to Hancock Pass. Also a good one from there is up the old railroad grade (non-motorized past the Hancock Townsite) to Williams Pass, up and over to the west side then up the road to the Alpine Station (restored railroad depot on the west side of Alpine Tunnel) back up over the tunnel trail (which is also called Altman Pass). Then either loop back down the railroad grade or continue on the CDT to Tincup and back down).

    If you don't mind riding jeep road, there is a ton of stuff to see up there. Hancock Pass, Williams Pass, Chalk Pass, Tincup Pass... the trip over Altman is mostly hike-a-bike but it is singletrack. You'll push your bike quite a bit on the CDT, but it's quite spectacular.

    If you want a real ball-buster ride from St Elmo or Hancock, go up and over Alpine or Williams, turn left and go up to Tomichi Pass, then Canyon Creek all the way down, back up to Tomichi, down and up over Hancock or Williams or Alpine Tunnel and back.

    For all of these, as I like to say, bring comfortable walking shoes

    EDIT: Don't expect any of that stuff up by Hancock/Alpine Tunnel/Tincup to be dry and ready before July.

    Pics are from the CDT north from Altman to Tincup, last one is looking back down toward Princeton from the top of Williams Pass.

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    Rainbow GTG

    Quote Originally Posted by cbrock450 View Post
    Go ride the S trails in downtown salida! You can ride them from the bike shop and they are tons of fun!! I heard tom say the rainbow trail might be dry too. Check with absolute
    I rode the Rainbow from Bear Creek past Methodist to Sand Gulch Saturday. Totally ride-able. Then down Sand to Double Rainbow-Little Rainbow. Nice hard 30 mile ride with ~20 miles of singletrack.

    I doubt the section of Rainbow west of 285 will be ready for 3 weeks, but it could be two depending on how warm it gets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomP View Post
    Truth is spoken.

    The section that heads north starts off the jeep road up Mt Princeton...BLAH BLAH BLAH...more awesome Salida ride descriptions...BLAH BLAH BLAH

    This is a keeper Tom, thanks.

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    Awesome, thanks. Owe you a beer at Elevation some day.

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