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    Good Riding Today, Sunday

    Just wanted to let you let you die-hards know that the off-road riding is surprisingly GOOD down by Chatfield. I rode some of the Ken Caryl trails (Kathy Johnson, Grazing Elk, Coyote Crossing, etc) and they were half packed snow and half tundra. You gotta do your riding early in the morning before it warms up too much or you'll be ridin in mud and muck.

    The real treat, however, was crossing over Deer Creek Canyon road and doing the Open space trails. Started with Rattlesnake Gulch, which was packed snow and completely rideable. Fun, Challanging . . . with the only really tough sections being the tight switchback turns. After that, Plymouth Creek was a nice surprise. The first little section from the parking lot you need to ride early in the day (again, to avoid mud). But after that, it was all packed snow beginning at the short steep climb all the way to the top. With decent knobbies (I used Specialized Roll X Pro's) and low tire pressure, the traction was surprisingly good. Because of the snow, the trail was much smoother and less technical than it is during the summer. Just point and climb. Traction was tough to come by on the steepest of the climbs.

    Plymouth Mountain trail had some good parts, some mud-very little, and lots of ice. Lots of spots were very tough due to the ice, snow and the off-camber nature of the trail. I would avoid this trail unless you like dismounting a lot. I rode it clockwise, climbing mostly.

    Red Mesa was pretty good. Mostly rideable on packed snow with only a very few dirt sections showing. The challanges were the meadows near the top where the snow drifts were very deep and not completely packed by hikers footprints. I'd recommend riding Red Mesa, the good far outweighs those few bad spots where you have to hike-a-bike.

    There was only one other rider out there today with no othe Mountain bike tire prints out on the high parts of all three trails. Just wanted to pass this on so that you don't have to subject yourself to riding on bike paths, the road or worse yet an indoor trainer. Happy riding.

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    On Tuesday Grazing Elk was pure, greasy mud. Had to turn around. Rattlesnake gulch was fun, and plymouth mountain was a sheet of pure ice. Even walkers were having trouble.

    Just goes to show how much things in colorado can change in just a few days.

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    NTM - Not Half Bad

    Again, ride early. NTM was very clean of snow in most parts.

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    walker ranch, believe it or not was pretty good. Ice on the north facing switchbacks but otherwise the snow covered sections were packed down and ridable. Nice crust which kept the traction good.

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    Heil Ranch was excellent!

    Just a few spots of hard packed snow/ice on the top of the Ponderosa Loop. Wild Turkey was perfect.

    I have heard that the County trail crew has been working on the Picture Rock through the winter.... even last week they were up there cutting trail. How sweet it will be....
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    Yeah, Heil has made me happy in the last week. Almost felt like summer being able to ride every day. Snow's ok just gonna have to go back to bundling up. Tough it out guys, only a couple of months left.

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