I tried this trail for the first time on Thursday. I don't know if I did the optimal route but it was fun nonetheless.
In another thread someone mentioned a "big loop" with some pavement riding.
Would this be: parking at the Eastern most trailhead near Drake- road to Glen Haven- Trail back to car?
I had perfect weather and not another person spotted on the trail.
I started from the gravel pit.
When I get out of my car this is the first thing I see.
Hmmm, do you think there is predator activity in the area?
Excuse me, could you hold onto my bike for a minute?
[SIZE="1"]UH OH. Will this get moved to the recycle bin now?[/SIZE]
All the Aspens in the area looked like this.
Any trail that may have lead to Coyote rock has long since grown over.
So there you are, slowly working your way up a steep ascent. Everything around you is calm and quiet.
Suddenly 4 pheasant burst into the air not 5 feet from where you are.
It's enougth to raise your heart rate just a little bit.
The view from atop Crosier mountain.
Estes Park is just barely visible down there.
Oh, so geeks come up here too.
I'm the first to find, YIPEE!
After I passed the burn area and started to head back downhill I noticed the trail had some issues.
In places grass was growing on the tread from lack of traffic, and in other places it has a deep wheel catching rut from runoff.
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