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    Conditions: Hall, Bobcat, Backbon, Coyote, Maxwell, Horsetooth...

    Ladies and Gents,

    It is predicted to be near 50 for the next three days! I know that many of us are planning some sweet rides. Lets keep a consolidated conditions thread for those of us in the Fort Collins/Loveland areas. Im going to be at Bobcat w/ in 2hrs and will pony up the results ASAP.

    Hall, Backbone, Coyote, Blue Sky, Bobcat, Horsetooth, Maxwell, Foothills, Michaud, Lory, etc....

    Hell yeah!

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    Devils backbone was great last weekend

    Pics and discussion here.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by PSLICE
    Im going to be at Bobcat w/ in 2hrs and will pony up the results ASAP.
    Hell yeah!
    My prediction is that it will be muddy with the recent snow and warm temps. But let us know. I personally won't be riding until the trails are dry or the temps are cold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jl
    My prediction is that it will be muddy with the recent snow and warm temps. But let us know. I personally won't be riding until the trails are dry or the temps are cold.

    Agree. It's not going to be warm enough for long enough to melt AND dry all the stuff out facing north or in the shade.

    I'd rather have it cold and icy than warm and muddy.

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    Still gotta go out there and look. The DBB/BS system dries out quickly and has relatively few hold-out pockets of snow and wet, so it dries faster than one might think.
    Ginny is still an unknown to me, and I have high hopes it will dry quickly too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    I'd rather have it cold and icy than warm and muddy.
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    Nice to see your new website, ignazjr.
    You gonna be around Saturday?
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    Just got back from a short ride at Maxwell and it's in good shape with a few short muddy sections, but not bad to ride through. Was planning on checking out shoreline and michaud but pussed out because of the wind by the reservoir. I was getting blown all over the place. Rode through the eastern side of dixon reservoir in pineridge to get there and it was an icy rutted mess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR
    Nice to see your new website, ignazjr.
    You gonna be around Saturday?
    I will. I recently restocked the beer in the fridge, too. With any luck, there should be some left yet tomorrow...
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    Here is what Maxwell looked like today.



    I wish!
    Deterred by the winds and skiing tomorrow.

    I must say however that I have ridden Bobcat 5 times since the 1st and the trail is pretty much bone dry with the exception of two short snow/ice sections until ~.5 miles before the end of Ginny. There was much less snowfall out of the last system near the Fort than Denver area. What fell was gone in ~2 days so I would imagine that good riding is there for the taking.

    Im sure that I'll make it Sunday...

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    Hewlett this morning

    Some pics from this mornings ride w/ dogs. Wouldn't be good if it's too warm, but it was primo early.
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    couple more

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    Quote Originally Posted by front range migz
    Hewlett Gulch cont.
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    Maxwell is good

    Just finished a ride up maxwell. Came in from the end of prospect road and the gravel road has about 100 yd. stretch of ice that was fun (sketchy). Not sure how it is if you come in from pineridge side. A little muddy/icy by the fence and up on the switchback at the top but other than that it was totally rideable. First time on a bike in about 6 weeks and it was great to ride again.

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    Rode HTMP last Sunday. Mostly ridable as the temps were <32 that day. There was a lot of ice in the usual places (northern exposure/shady) making it more sketch/tech ride than normal especially the descents. I assume conditions are pretty much same this weekend if you get your butt up there before the ice turns to a muddy mess.

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    I just got back from a quick Hall Ranch ride. Antelope was a total mixed bag - dry, snow, ice, deep snowpack. It wasn't bad when it was shaded and frozen, but it could get sloppy if it really warms up. From Antelope up to the loop was good, there was just a little ice on the final approach to the loop. I rode out on the loop a little bit, but it got too snowy/icy/chunky so I turned around. Between the top bench and Antelope was snowy/icy and will be muddy if it warms up quite a bit. The descent down the front side was bone dry and good.
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    So did anyone hit Bobcat yesterday? Conditions?

    I know Backbone is fine, but would prefer to hit Bobcat if it's good.

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    Bobcat is fine. A fair bit of snow on sections of Powerline. Gennie is mostly dry and clear. Just one section of thin snow on the lower part. Probably 300 yards.

    Rode it yesterday. A feast: Up Powerline down Gennie. (Or however that is spelllledd)

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    Larry,

    DBB is fine although Blue Sky headed North to Indian Summer was pretty muddy.
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    Devil's Backbone

    Rode DBB this morning. It's in good shape--just a few short muddy spots before you start the climb that aren't a big deal. The upper loops are almost completely dry. We checked out the first part of Blue Sky as well. It is a muddy mess and not worth riding right now. Big mud holes with ruts and people widening the trail to get around. I would say we're going to need a bit more warm weather to dry it out. I'd say it could be ridden right now on a cold morning before it thaws.

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    Ha, I was riding the road bike yesterday and saw a group turning from the tunnel at the end of Blue Sky heading back to town. They were really brown and the trail looked really bad on the east side of the tunnel. Went the bathroom at HTMP and the few bikes I saw being loaded on the car looked like more post-ride cleanup that I like to do right now...

    It's 55 out now, so historically the backbone should be real dry and the best ride in the FtC Loveland area. Blue Sky might need another week or so (or at least more of this warm windy weather to melt some more.)
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    Sunday at Bobcat:

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    Just bump'n this to the top. With highs in the upper 50's this weekend, conditions could be fair or slop. Lets hear it.

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    How are conditions @ Devil's Backbone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by weimie
    How are conditions @ Devil's Backbone?
    Good chance that it will be dry by the weekend, but a bit snowy now. Pics from 4:30-5:30pm yesterday....

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    Quote Originally Posted by PSLICE
    Just bump'n this to the top. With highs in the upper 50's this weekend, conditions could be fair or slop. Lets hear it.
    I hiked up Maxwell this morning ... still plenty of snow on the trail. Not packed down too much just yet so maybe it will melt a little quicker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PSLICE
    With highs in the upper 50's this weekend, conditions could be fair or slop. Lets hear it.
    There was a ol' school biker (KB) that use to say "strong, cheap, light--pick two."

    I think the same sort of model can apply mountain biking in CO--winter, warm, mtb--pick two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ventanarama
    Good chance that it will be dry by the weekend, but a bit snowy now. Pics from 4:30-5:30pm yesterday
    Thanks for the update....maybe I'll give it another week.

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    I just ran Maxwell and lower Foothills. There is still ~ 3/4 of an inch on the trails and with the winds it is drifting in spots. Should be dry by Sunday if the "spring" spell hits as predicted.

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    Here's what it looks like where the Coalton Trail meets the High Plains Trail (as of 2/9/08):

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    Where is Bobcat?

    I would like to check out Bobcat, but can't find it on any searches or any of the guide books I have. I would definitely appreciate some help, current conditions a bonus. Thanks. By the way, I'm new to Mtbr and I think the forums are helpful and interesting. It is also nice not to see al the negativity that is prevalent so many other places where people can post anonymously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M-Train
    I would like to check out Bobcat, but can't find it on any searches or any of the guide books I have. I would definitely appreciate some help, current conditions a bonus. Thanks. By the way, I'm new to Mtbr and I think the forums are helpful and interesting. It is also nice not to see al the negativity that is prevalent so many other places where people can post anonymously.
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    Not sure about current conditions. Looked a little soggy yesterday (based on the sight of the bike I saw on a rack...).

    Here is how to get there: From Fort Collins leave via Harmony Road towards Masonville. In Masonville take a left towards Loveland at the two Western Shops (no worries, that is the only intersection in Masonville). Follow the road for probably a mile. During the mile the road does a right turn, over a little bridge and a left turn. You arrived.... Bobcat is on the right.

    From Loveland take Hwy 34 West. Take CR 27 towards Masonville. At the intersection Hwy 34/CR 27 you'll see a school right at the corner (you turn right before it, yellow building). Follow Cr 27 for 3-4 miles. Bobcat is on the left. You know you went too far when you do a left turn , go over a narrow bridge and up into Masonville...

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    Any word on hall ranch or Heil?

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    Just got back from a sweet ride. Rode from FC (8:15) to Coyote Ridge,S. on Blue Sky thru DBB, then flipped it & went N. on Blue Sky with a quick detour on Indian Summer loop, I got to the Nomad turnoff on Towers Rd. (11:30) and ran into a couple runners who had some pretty muddy shoes and decided to call it a day and rode back to FC on the road.

    It was 100% dry or frozen trail, however, if it hadn't been for the temp inversion I don't think it would have been the same story. There are some rutted sections, especially on the N. end of BS, that are obviously a good weeks worth of sun away from drying up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    Any word on hall ranch or Heil?

    Hall is good up to the bench, and looked good up to the loop this morning.
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    Dixon, Foothills, and Maxwell

    Rode Dixon, Foothills, and Maxwell, yesterday... Everything is pretty nice and dry EXCEPT the trails around Dixon lake/resivoir which are a total mess... Don't ride it if you follow the "tread lighty" rule.
    Foothills trail from the stadium north to Resivoir Ridge seems pretty good. Maxwell had a couple little stretches that were muddy, but nothing too bad. Also last weekend I hiked Resivoir Ridge and it was probably about 90% dry, with a little snow/ice here and there.
    Tried out that new terrain park at the end of the (paved) Spring Creek trail... That thing is sweet! Bring your balance and confidence for a good time.
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    I rode Coyote Ridge/Rimrock/Indian Summer and back this morning. It's pretty dry for the most part (frozen solid.) I can't believe you guys who are trying to ride off road 5 days after we get snow and a few 50 degree days. Some sections are so chewed up and rutted it's sad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2melow
    Some sections are so chewed up and rutted it's sad.

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    I've only been here 3 winters yet somehow managed to pick up over the first one that you can only ride in the winter in the Front Range:

    a) when its frozen
    b) when its not winter in the front range

    While I appreciate the enthusiasm of riders around town its also mind boggling that they go out and ride in conditions that are obviously detrimental to the trails. I went out to MM this past week (in the morning when it was still frozen) with my dog and was dissapointed (but not shocked) to see that people are already riding and destroying the trails.

    rant over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2melow
    I can't believe you guys who are trying to ride off road 5 days after we get snow and a few 50 degree days. Some sections are so chewed up and rutted it's sad.
    I rode DBB on Sunday. It was in good shape except for 2 very muddy parts about 10-15 yards each. I did my best to ride slow in the middle, but I was still not happy about it.

    All I know is that I'll take the this forum's "good-to-ride" advise with a shaker of salt. I also think I'll stick to the below 32 rule for a while.

    Anyway, this po' gal followed her BF (who was trail running) from Lory to DBB. As soon as I saw this, I knew there was no reason to try to ride blue sky. Might as well do the loop backwards...



    This was after her BF "cleaned" the mud off her bike. Anyway blue sky will probably be a bad choice until Cinco De Mayo. I know everyone is itchin' to ride, let's just be smart about it. Maybe the tarmac isn't so bad if you don't like the sub-freezing weather?
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    so anyone know what the chances are of Devils Backbone being dry this Saturday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sooner518
    so anyone know what the chances are of Devils Backbone being dry this Saturday?
    I wouldn't guess that the chances would be good. If Loveland got as much (or more) snow as Longmont did, its gonna be sloppy at best.

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    I highly doubt the backbone will be dry by Saturday. But, with forecasted temps of mid-40's on Saturday, Sunday might be rideable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jl
    I rode DBB on Sunday. It was in good shape except for 2 very muddy parts about 10-15 yards each. I did my best to ride slow in the middle, but I was still not happy about it.

    All I know is that I'll take the this forum's "good-to-ride" advise with a shaker of salt. I also think I'll stick to the below 32 rule for a while.

    Anyway, this po' gal followed her BF (who was trail running) from Lory to DBB. As soon as I saw this, I knew there was no reason to try to ride blue sky. Might as well do the loop backwards...



    This was after her BF "cleaned" the mud off her bike. Anyway blue sky will probably be a bad choice until Cinco De Mayo. I know everyone is itchin' to ride, let's just be smart about it. Maybe the tarmac isn't so bad if you don't like the sub-freezing weather?
    Wow, that's lame. She should be hiding her face in shame not smiling for the camera.

    Yeah, people need to learn that Blue Sky takes a lot longer to melt/dry. It needs at least several days of warm weather after the Backbone is rideable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ventanarama
    Wow, that's lame. She should be hiding her face in shame not smiling for the camera.
    I really don't blame her for the 'bad decision' she really isn't a mountain biker, and she was tagging along with her trail running buddies. They are the ones that really should of known better. Hopefully she won't repeat her mistake.

    For those of us that are avid mtb'ers, we should definitely know when and when not to be riding.

    I know I won't be riding the backbone in the middle of the day this weekend
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ventanarama

    Yeah, people need to learn that Blue Sky takes a lot longer to melt/dry. It needs at least several days of warm weather after the Backbone is rideable.

    No kidding. I saw a few guys coming off Blue Sky north via the tunnel looking like her if not worse a few weeks ago.

    Blue Sky doesn't get sun until probably after 12:00 - if at all on many spots this time of the year. It really needs three 50 degree plus days in a row to melt snow. Stay off it this weekend, it's gonna be muddy again unless you ride it super early.
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    Pineridge, Maxwell, Shoreline

    I got out this morning at about 8am. I rode Pineridge, it was frozen but really rutted up. On my way out, Rangers were closing Pineridge entirely until all the moisture drys up--it is needed there.

    I then headed over to Maxwell-Still frozen, but I bet even when the ground thaws it will be okay to ride. There was no snow and it was pretty windy (drying the trail).

    Shoreline-needs a couple more days, it was pretty rutted up (frozen when I hit it), and will be messy when it thaws

    Have fun

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