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    FALL/WINTER 2014 trail conditions. Ask/post conditions here:

    Happy 2014 everyone. New year, new trail conditions thread. Post 'em up here!

    I rode Coyote Ridge/Blue Sky/Indian Summer/HTMP service road up and turned around as the temps dropped 15 degrees and the snow squall hit me going up. Trail was still frozen but soft in places. Questionable on a warm day in spots. Hero dirt today though.
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    We tried riding Bluesky at 1 and it was a muddy mess we turned around after a few minutes.

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    as of 1/1/14 --- Walker is in great shape - snowy and slick in the forested part.

    Might get a bit sloppy by Friday on the South side near the creek if the weather gets as warm as they're saying

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    Hall Ranch is in good shape up to the loop on the Bitterbrush side, and could be too sloppy on the Antelope side if the snow starts melting today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smmokan View Post
    Hall Ranch is in good shape up to the loop on the Bitterbrush side, and could be too sloppy on the Antelope side if the snow starts melting today.
    Nelson Loop was rideable yesterday because everything up there stayed frozen. It's going to be a junk show for several days once it warms back up though.

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    Anyone ride Waterton today?

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    What are the golden area trails like? Interested in mt Falcon, Matthew winters, lair o the bear etc,centennial cone.

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    North Table is in great shape and Green Mountain is pretty good as well.

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    Chimney Gulch is in good shape with only 1 small area with mud (right before the first switchbacks). Grippy snow once you pass Windy Saddle. Plz don't ruin the XC ski paths.

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    re: FALL/WINTER 2014 trail conditions. Ask/post conditions here:

    Centennial cone is closed till February for hunting and after that Elk range and possibly other trails are closed till June...While they replace the Elk.

    Otherwise most trails I've ridden in golden are great in the mornings before they thaw out.

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    This may be a long shot, but how much snow fell in Golden? I'm hoping that an early morning ride tomorrow is possible, when the ground is frozen of course.

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    re: FALL/WINTER 2014 trail conditions. Ask/post conditions here:

    Green mountain just now...


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    Gracias. Looks like waiting a few days may be the best option.

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    Just got back from Picture Rock. Great riding. The snow was packed and fast. I was able to make it a mile or so past the old car with skinny tires. With a fatbike, it'll all be delicious.
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    re: FALL/WINTER 2014 trail conditions. Ask/post conditions here:

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    This may be a long shot, but how much snow fell in Golden?
    6-8" It's compacted a bit and the trails are surely packed down by now so you should be fine.

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    Rode Green Mountain Saturday and Sunday. Totally ridable frozen. Rooney Valley and Hayden trails 90+% packed.

    Edit: Monday's wind probably filled in much of the packed trails.
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    How's it looking over in Golden this afternoon? I'm thinking of riding early tomorrow morning.

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    Rode Green Mountain Friday evening. Parked the fat bike and took the trail bike. Rode the south side Green Mountain trail, up Rooney Valley trail and down John O Hayden trail. Mixed bag in terms of conditions. Green Mountain trail is maybe 70% clear of snow and what little snow there is, is heavily packed down. Rooney Valley was probably 80+% clear and Hayden maybe 50% clear. Hayden kept surprising me with snot-slick icy patches. Much more snow on the sides of the trail on Hayden too. Not as much wind as I expected but forecast to pick up overnight Friday night. A couple of pics - south side GM and top of Rooney Valley trails:
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    Winter 2014 - Post FR trail conditions/ask questions here:

    I rode the Dirty Bismarck tonight. There's still lots of snow on it though I t's just doable on a skinny when it is all frozen. There are parts where you will need to push but not too many.

    My rating 0 - no snow, 10 totally covered.

    Mayhoffer Single tree - 4 (quite a few drifts)

    Cowdrey Draw - 8 (nearly entirely covered with some lines in places. I had to push in a couple of spots due to soft, fresh drifts)

    Community Ditch - 3 (good dry line for most of it)

    Greenbelt Plateau - 4 (mostly snowy with a line on the north side, mostly dry on the South side. Found I did a lot of "snow hops" on this as there are regular drifts across the track were there are trees. The drifts are about 2ft wide and 1ft high. They're pretty fun to hop over.

    High Plains
    - north of creek - 2 mostly dry and fast

    - south of creek and north of the twisties on the hills - 6 mostly snow but there is a line and it's rideable.

    - south end near the wind turbines - 10 - total snow cover, big drifts, lots of pushing.

    Coalton Trail
    - North east heading section - 10 - total snow cover, approx 6 inches deep. There are rideable tire tracks though. Snow is quite "messy" here.

    - section heading north - 10 - 100% snow cover up to a foot deep in places. This entire section is one huge smooth snow drift that continues for the entire length. It's hilarious as the drift is so dense and firm it is actually smooth riding on a skinny!

    - section heading east to trail head - 1 - mostly clear and dry.

    Meadowlark trail - 4 - mix of snow and dry. Decent lines on all of it though. Easy to ride.

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    If anyone rides GM today can you please post up ride conditions. From afar, the south side looks pretty clear of snow. Need to do a shakedown ride and setup of my new ride.

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    Thanks for the report Normsk. This last snow sure is taking its time going away.

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    Anyone out on the bike this afternoon?

    Where'd you ride, how was it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokefork View Post
    This last snow sure is taking its time going away.
    This week looks to be a warm one. Although the skiing has been a delight, I've been thinking about the bike. Hoping to get out there soon.

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    Sunday evening loop around Green Mountain - looked like it was still pretty soft and muddy in many spots unfrozen.

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    Palmer Park was great Saturday with packed snow and almost no mud.

    As always Templeton trail is there to remind me that I am better at buying bikes than riding them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the need View Post
    This week looks to be a warm one. Although the skiing has been a delight, I've been thinking about the bike. Hoping to get out there soon.
    Thursday/Friday should be good, weekend should be awesome if the forecast holds
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    Winter 2014 - Post FR trail conditions/ask questions here:

    Should see some dirt by Friday but lots of slop out there now with temps up.

    NTM was fine on gravel roads but singletrack was all knobbie caking mud. Stayed on gravel but saw a few deep ruts blazed across the singletrack. Besides the impact to the trail I would think the several hour bike cleaning session would be deterrent enough.
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    Three Sisters was snowpacked/icy on Sunday (it was below freezing). It was okay with studded tires, but it might have been somewhat hard to ride on skinny tires without studs.

    Somebody rode it (at least the northern part) on Saturday when it was well above freezing and left huge ruts in what was then slush. Anything that high and in the trees shouldn't be ridden when it's above freezing until May or so.

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    Anyone been out to Buffalo Creek, Mt Falcon, or Devils Backbone? Trail up in fort collins is still pretty wet and we are looking for some dry trail worth driving to.
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    Anything dry on the FR yet? Dakota? North Table? Too early?

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    Hoping to ride a bunch this weekend while my wifie is out of town. Recommendations within a couple hours of Denver? Is Pueblo dry? Buff Creek? Curt Gowdy?

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    We got a couple inches of snow in Golden yesterday. Probably still pretty sloppy. Maybe by the weekend?

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    About 5 or 6 years ago I ran a trail over by Palmer Lake (S. on I-25) I wonder how any of those trails are doing snow/ice wise.

    Can anyone remind me of the name of these trails. I remember they were pretty tame trails.

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    Marshall Mesa trails drying at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bridgestone14 View Post
    Anyone been out to Buffalo Creek, Mt Falcon, or Devils Backbone? Trail up in fort collins is still pretty wet and we are looking for some dry trail worth driving to.
    Devil's Backbone is still pretty sloppy in the afternoon. Checked it out today (Wednesday). I'm sure up top is a go, all the rock, but getting to it is the problem. Sloppy. I'll stop by prolly this weekend for update.

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    Pueblo is dry according to their webpage. Trail Conditions: 1/15/2014 - The trails are mostly dry, however the tumbleweeds remain a problem in some areas.

    Heading down on Saturday for a nice 30 miles or so. Temps in the 60s. Look out for white legs....
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    Waterton Canyon or anywhere like that rideable this time of year? Lair? Is lair still closed? White Ranch?

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    Tonight I rode the north loop of Reservoir Ridge (Fort Collins) starting from the Overland trailhead. Man was it windy! It was almost guilt free riding, but there were still a few patches of mud in shaded NE to NW-facing slopes. It will probably be good to go by Friday afternoon or Saturday.

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    Winter 2014 - Post FR trail conditions/ask questions here:

    Quote Originally Posted by cable_actuated View Post
    Tonight I rode the north loop of Reservoir Ridge (Fort Collins) starting from the Overland trailhead. Man was it windy! It was almost guilt free riding, but there were still a few patches of mud in shaded NE to NW-facing slopes. It will probably be good to go by Friday afternoon or Saturday.
    That's good to hear. We need some place to ride! The only positive aspect of the windy conditions we got was probably drying the trails faster.
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    Any one been to Palmer Park in CO Springs? Considering a Saturday Trip if it's mostly dry dirt.

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    Was it mostly packed snow? Or packed snow and dirt? Just curious.
    Thinking about heading down there.


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    Palmer Park was great Saturday with packed snow and almost no mud.

    As always Templeton trail is there to remind me that I am better at buying bikes than riding them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gfowkes View Post
    Hoping to ride a bunch this weekend while my wifie is out of town. Recommendations within a couple hours of Denver? Is Pueblo dry? Buff Creek? Curt Gowdy?
    Maybe the lowers at Gowdy (reservoir system) could be good to go, but I'm guessing the uppers (mountain system) are still snowed in and will require a lot of hike-a-biking through deep snow. I don't know of anyone who has been there super recently, but not much here has changed weather wise since the last update I knew of

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    I just ran out at North Table Mountain. The trail along 93 and gravel doubletrack up top are all fine, and Rim Rock is 99% dry. I didn't run any of the trails over on the east side, but they typically stay sloppy a bit longer.

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    Just got back from a Maxwell, Shoreline, Reservoir Ridge loop in Fort Collins. Lots of wet spots in Maxwell and shoreline. The saddle back at the the top of Maxwell looked like it was all standing water in the daytime it was frozen when I road it. Also lots of spots with ice and snow still on the trail. I wouldn't think its going to be much fun in the middle of the day this weekend.

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    Winter 2014 - Post FR trail conditions/ask questions here:

    Any thoughts if capt jacks in the springs will be good to ride by Sunday?


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    Anyone know about trail conditions on Blue Sky? Hoping to hit it this weekend, if it is decent enough.

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    Bobcat Ridge Natural Area CLOSED

    Bobcat Ridge is closed to all activities due to wet and muddy conditions. Rangers check trail conditions daily, and will reopen the site when conditions improve.

    Thanks for your cooperation and understanding during trail or site closures.

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    Tried to ride DBB today.... made it about 200 yards before I turned back. Peanut butter mud and still more snow to melt.
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    North Table is dry dry dry. Also windy windy windy.

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    White Ranch is good to go in the morning on Belcher. Just past the dentists' sand box there's a section full of glare ice where you have to be very careful. The rest of Belcher up to Round Up is dry. Round Up had a lot of snow drifts still. We didn't try Longhorn- assuming it's not g2g.

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