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    Denver Front Range Trail Conditions

    ANY TRAILS RIDE ABLE IN THE DENVER FRONT RANGE? Any update on conditions?

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    I am thinking Hall Ranch has to be dry...

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    Golden Bike Park is getting close - see other thread.

    Maybe, maybe, maybe Green Mtn or the mesa's by the weekend but as it is still a LOT of MUD to be had. Anything in the trees or on the north face not ready. Or, do a dawn patrol although with temps the way they are even that could be sloppy.

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    Notta thing

    Checked 2/16 (wednesday) and Apex, Matthews Winters, and Green Mountain are all a NO go.

    Looks like some noob tried to ride Green Mtn from the Rooney lot and made it about 25 yards leaving a 2 inch deep rut and then had to turn around...

    Since the trails are not refreezing at night even a dawn patrol doesn't work...

    Hopefully with a little wind something will be good to go for the weekend.

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    Just got back from DBB and Blue Sky, it was 99% bone dry and all ridable from 34 to Horsetooth Res.. Good lord it was windy! Can't really complain though, MTBing in shorts and short sleeves in mid-Feb is a treat.

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    Dakota Ridge is a no-go. Needs a few more days. Dakota is usually the first trail rideable after a snowfall...so if Dakota is not ready, everything else is probably not either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by russman
    Dakota Ridge is a no-go. Needs a few more days. Dakota is usually the first trail rideable after a snowfall...so if Dakota is not ready, everything else is probably not either.

    I second that. The first climb from MW parking lot is pure clay. Hikers from the top said most of it is unrideable. Mathew Winters isn't even close to being ready. Let's just hope it doesn't snow Sunday.

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    Rode Marshall Mesa yesterday, wish I did something else. It will take more time to clean up than I spent riding. Too muddy.

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    Rode from my home to Dakota Ridge late this afternoon (Thursday, 2/17/11) and checked out Green Mountain on the way – it was still very wet (just north of the dog park) – would need to be frozen to get me on it right now. Dakota Ridge was great however – I rode up the Dinosaur Ridge road and hit the trail head at the top of the road going south to north. Not completely dry but little to no mud and lots of dry rocks! I did an out and back but didn’t go as far as even the saddle which is almost certainly snow and ice-bound. There was another rider who had come from the I-70 trail head – perhaps he will chime in with a report on the ‘clay’ hill at the beginning of that entry point.

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    I'd like to ride Hall this weekend. Anyone scoped it out lately?
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    Rock garden to bench is rideable at Hall right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitecrwlr
    Rock garden to bench is rideable at Hall right now.
    Any beta beyond that? does it look like it's drying out or could dry out by sunday (pending no rain). Like to out tires to dirt, but I'll hit the roads if I need to wait...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmac
    Blah, blah Thursday: GM - no good, DR - ridable blah, blah.
    FWIW - same thing Friday PM/evening - swung by GM on the way to DR. GM didn't look much better than Thursday - ugh. I may do a GM dawn patrol Sat. but GM really doesn't look good for the weekend.

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    White Ranch, Belcher Hill still has a lot of snow, I'd give it a miss for a few more days. Longer for the more wooded trails up top.

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    Ginni Trail, aka Bob Cat Ridge is good to go. It's a long drive for me coming from Evergreen, but well worth it. I always thought Dakota was the first to dry out but Ginni's forest burn allows for tuns of sun. Conditions where great yesterday, only short muddy sections, the back side of the trail if done as an out and back had snow near the bottom. But nothing bad.

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    Ginni???

    Where is this Ginni (Bob cat) trail?

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    Outside of Loveland, not far from Devils back bone which also dries quickly, but I don't know what current conditions are. http://netcairns.com/wiki/index.php?title=Front_Range

    The link will show you bob cat ridge. The name ginni is not used I don't think but it's the main single track trail in that area, do it as an out n back if you like climbing techy single track, can be done as a loop but I've never rode it that way.

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    Was just out at Golden Park. A few cross-trail streams so not great to ride on the trails right now, but a few more days with this weather and main areas should be sound.
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    Dirty Bismarck 99% dry

    Couple of very short 5m sections on High Plains a bit wet but easy to ride straight through without going wide. Rest is bone dry

    Met a rider who said some MTBers where ripping up the muddy Dowdy Draw to the west

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    Rode Green Mountain Monday (2/21) frozen (finally). GM trail, Rooney Valley Trail and Hayden trail. It was fantastic for a frozen ride - no snow drifts and little to no ice. I couldn't tell for sure that it would be good thawed though - lots of (rutted) dark spots and small amounts of snow on the trail. Several obviously longer snow melt spots on the Hayden trail but not all completely covering the trail. Should be great for the Thursday T.I.T.S (Through Ice Through Snow) ride.

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    Anyone been to Greenland out in Larkspur recently? How is it?

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    Mt. Falcon is not ride-able, lot of mud and ice and lots of bikers/hikers stretching the trail. I was able to ride/hike/walk up 1.3 miles of trail before it was not called for. Lots of Ice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tokay
    Couple of very short 5m sections on High Plains a bit wet but easy to ride straight through without going wide. Rest is bone dry

    Met a rider who said some MTBers where ripping up the muddy Dowdy Draw to the west
    Is the new section of trail open between singletree and Coalton, or do you still ride McCaslin over the hill?

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    It is all open now, the new section is very fast - almost like a road, wide and smooth. Fine by me as it makes for good aerobic training but some folks might find it a bit boring. Actually it wasn't boring yesterday as my QR slide out an inch on one of the descents - never had that before, glad it was a 15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmac
    Blah, blah, Green Mountain Monday (2/21) frozen (finally).
    Tuesday night frozen again - Summit Loop still ice and snow packed in many places - bailed back to the road due to lots of walking . Box O' Rox - top is great but when unfrozen probably unrideable between the bridge at the bottom and the dirt road.

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    Rode Dakota Ridge Mathew Winters Loop.

    Dakota Ridge-Great the stairs are icy and slick though.
    MW A few Icy spots. The two gullies are VERY icy and treacherous. The were only a handful of muddy patches. I know I'm gonna get some crap but Village ride was a mud pit so we opted for the alternate route that was still a little muddy but had a dry streak through it.

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    Green Mtn, Apex report

    Stay off Apex... Chatted with Jefferson county today as I was riding BY the trail. They said there is a ton of trail damage due to usage of the trail during the thaw. It's a good idea to stay off this trail for now...

    Rule of thumb: if you can see snowdrifts up on the hill at Apex... you are going to cause trail damage.

    On a good note: Green Mountain REI trail, The Road, and Box o' Rox are all good right now. There is one section at the bottom of Box (50 yards) that should be hiked if you like your drivetrain...

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    Anyone been up to the dirty bismarck today? I'm thinking the wind probably dried it out.

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    Couple damp spots on High Plains, otherwise Bismarck is dry. I didn't see anyone who had been up to Dowdy so I don't know how that is.

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    Other Jeffco

    So what I know and have seen with my own eyes is that Dakota Ridge (the ridge itself only...didn't get over to MW) and the Golden Bike Park are good to go.

    Now, how about Matthew Winters, Falcon, or White Ranch? On Falcon and WR I'm thinking maybe just the main climbs but if anyone has been up to either of those this weekend, let me know how they are looking.
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    I rode Dakota, Matthews/Winters and Golden Bike Park today. Dakota and GBP are both great, M/W is 95% good, muddy in the usual shady parts.

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    Tuesday, March 1, 2011 in Fort Collins
    Maxwell & trails behind stadium: Dry and good all the way up climb to top of ridge.
    Shoreline to new swim beach: Some dry spots....but mostly wet/soft/soggy spots. Needs another day to get to good to handle bike traffic.

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    Heil is looking pretty sweet with only a few snowy/shady spots to really complicate anything as far as wapiti/ponderosa go. Met a Ranger who reiterated that wild turkey and picture rock are still a little soupy, probably be better to let them alone another few days.
    Good little bumpy spin to shake the legs out and tune in some dials on my shock.
    Not too muddy, here's the post ride proof shot:
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    Anyone have an update on Mt. Falcon to Lair O Bear conditions for tomorrow morning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedier racer
    Anyone have an update on Mt. Falcon to Lair O Bear conditions for tomorrow morning?
    Sucks....
    Mt. Falcon isn't too bad with icy patches in the usual places and some mud at the bottom but LOB is an unrideable icefest in too many places to count. LOB is going to be very wet unfrozen too - expect mud (those ice sheets really suck - maybe with studded tires...)

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    Has anyone checked out Deer Creek?

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    Quote Originally Posted by subliminalshiver
    3/3/11
    Heil is looking pretty sweet with only a few snowy/shady spots to really complicate anything as far as wapiti/ponderosa go. Met a Ranger who reiterated that wild turkey and picture rock are still a little soupy, probably be better to let them alone another few days.
    Good little bumpy spin to shake the legs out and tune in some dials on my shock.
    Not too muddy, here's the post ride proof shot:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/subliminalshiver/5494768443/" title="Untitled by subliminalshiver1, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5216/5494768443_d6862dc35a.jpg" width="500" height="374" alt="" /></a>
    3/6 rode Heil this afternoon.
    Didn't even venture onto Picture rock based on reports, but heard it's good to the Silo.
    Wapiti was in awesome shape, a few short muddy sections on the descent to Picture Rock trailhead but nothing major. Wild Turkey was mostly good, the flattish-cinder section along the overlook was soft & sticking to the tires, but not unrideable or causing damage. Some snowy sections that had a little mud, but if stuck to the snow or rode the mud, were ok.

    Ponderosa was in good shape overall.
    Very little mud on my bike or body post-ride....

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    Anyone been to White Ranch or 3 Sisters lately. I'm assuming 3 sisters is a no-go.

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    How's Hall looking? Especially past the bench.

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    I'm looking at Chimney this evening, anyone been up there recently? I'm guessing I'll see some snow but how much is up there.

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    I live pretty close to 3 sisters. Haven't even bothered to look yet. Still snow in the shaded areas and probably muddy in the usual spots. Sorry, it's going to be a while before they are ready in my opinion.

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    Any updates from yesterday on things around Golden?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gobstopper
    Any updates from yesterday on things around Golden?
    Still pretty limited....did a road ride up Lookout two days ago; a lot of snow up high still. Best bet for longer rides is Green Mountain/Dakota/Bear Creek area.

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    Ranger Grady from Twitter on Picture Rock: "Heil Picture Rock Tr. is in fair condition, sections of mud between 1.5mm and 2.5mm, ride the south access, it is good! #boco_trails."

    Everything else at Heil is in mint condition, reports that there is a fire near Hall Ranch... But looks like it's small and contained/

    Looks to be a good weekend to pull off the Heil/Hall Double, though not sure how Nelson loop is, but heard its great to the bench and passable up to the loop but not the loop itself {EDIT}!
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    The Nelson Loop and Antelope trail at Hall Ranch are still muddy. Please avoid. thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sprocketjockey9
    Everything else at Heil is in mint condition, reports that there is a fire near Hall Ranch... But looks like it's small and contained/

    Looks to be a good weekend to pull off the Heil/Hall Double, though not sure how Nelson loop is, but heard its great to the bench and passable up to the loop but not the loop itself {EDIT}!
    The Daily Camera is reporting the fire is in Lefthand Canyon and people are being evacuated, so I don't know if this is the weekend for Heil.

    http://www.dailycamera.com/news/ci_17591549
    The fire is approximately 20 acres and moving east from mile marker 3 on Lefthand Canyon Drive, according to Boulder County's Office of Emergency Management. The blaze is moving toward the entrance of Heil Ranch Open Space.
    Let's hope it's contained quickly.
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    Rode heil yesterday (thursday 3/10). Wapiti and wild turkey are in good shape. Ponderosa had a couple of snow drifts but no real mud. Descended picture rock to the silo with 2 or 3 short mud sections of 5-10 feet each. After the silo, however, it was too muddy to ride IMO.

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    This may seem stupid, but does anyone know if (how) this page can be made to display newest post at the top, instead of oldest? It's minor but annoying to have to scroll down...and as it gets longer to have to go to subsequent pages. Most of us really don't care about conditions 3 weeks ago any more!!

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    Has anyone heard any reports on Walker Ranch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccornacc
    Has anyone heard any reports on Walker Ranch?
    Walker was windy and snow at the bottom. Mud wasn't too bad. Going to be smokey the next few days.

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