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    It's Open!

    Weather? What weather? Turned out to be a great trail building day and we finished the last bit of trail in under two hours. Wow! Raspberry Ridge and Blackjack are now officially opened at Buffalo Creek.

    The last picture just doesn't show how steep that roll really is.
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    pictures never do it justice.. but you are right.. doesn't look steep at all
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    I was wondering what camera you were using these days (Photome told me).
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy
    I was wondering what camera you were using these days (Photome told me).
    It varies by day, but the LX3 is still my favorite. Though, on a nice day, this sx210 can do a good job and it's more compact. Cameras and bikes are my vice. Ok, beer too.

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    Stand way back with a lot of zoom and make it look steep for us.

    I wished I could have made it.

    Thanks to all you peeps for making this real.

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    I'm pumped to finally ride it!

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    When it was finally time to ride, the sky opened up an let the sun shine. AWESOME day! Great ride too - challenging, technical, FUN!!! My new go-to loop is going to be 543, Baldy, Gas house, Charlies, Homestead, Raspberry, Blackjack, Homestead, Sandy, 543. I'll probably through in Morrison, CT, etc for the longer days. oh.. the sweetness!

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    That red tape not breaking would have made for a great pic. Can't wait to ride this bad bear!
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    The FS didn't make you wear hard hats? They're getting pretty picky about it here. We're probably going to have to buy a box of them for our own projects from now on.

    Anyway, good work to everyone who contributed from those who worked through the planning process to those who showed up to move dirt (and rocks)

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    Perfect conditions!
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    Thanks to all that came out! From start to finish of this project! Great to have the Forest Service there and working along side!

    Maybe some day i wont walk so much of it!
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    Wow. pucker up move. Nice shots.



    Also, I wanna see the photo from the guy on the left.


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    This shot is priceless!

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    Great pics, everyone.

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    I remember thinking that spot looked really hairy last year. What line exactly did you take? Go down the rock on the left (as you look down), then stay right towards the bottom?

    Great work, guys. I wish I could have been there for the final day.

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    Looks SICK. Thanks to all volunteers. Your work is greatly appreciated. I can't wait to ride the trails.

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    Saweet!!!

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    Had an awesome day out there!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg-BxYHza8U

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    after my first ride there last week, now i really can't wait to go back...

    thanks to all who made this possible.

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    Where is this??

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    I am looking forward to seeing the video from this.
    http://forums.mtbr.com/attachment.ph...7&d=1303613297

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocgnikcuf
    I am looking forward to seeing the video from this.
    http://forums.mtbr.com/attachment.ph...7&d=1303613297

    Its in the video Fierclimber posted above. Looks like some nice features.

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    Great riding...

    Thanks.

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    Hard to believe Buffalo Creek could get any better.
    Thanks to all who made this new addition.

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    Looks fantastic, thanks everyone for all the great labor, planning, and especially the hard work getting this approved

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    A huge thanks to all the volunteers who came out yesterday and the other 17 trails days that COMBA held to create Raspberry Ridge and Blackjack trails and re-route Charlie's and Homestead. Total construction time was 23 months and well worth all the effort. Special thanks goes to Terry Breheny, Jason Bertolacci and the rest of COMBA for taking on such a special project back in 2009. And last but certainly not least, Scott Dollus, Christopher Jones and crew and the rest of the good folks of the USFS on the Pike Nat'l. Forest deserve special praise. Without their unwavering support for MTBers in Buff Ck, none of the new BC trails would be possible.

    Updated maps will be available soon but the trails are open so get out and ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fireclimber
    Had an awesome day out there!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg-BxYHza8U
    Thanks for the video. The trail looks great. Could be the Denver Metro's version of "Free Lunch".
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    All that work looks awesome! Nice work, let's keep building sweet trails everywhere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by casey
    Total construction time was 23 months and well worth all the effort. And a special thanks to Terry Breheny, Jason Bertolacci and the rest of COMBA for taking on such a special project back in 2009.

    Wouldn't have even been an option for us if it weren't for the good will afforded by the USFS thanks to your many years of service w/ the Front Range Mountain Bike Patrol. Well done.
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    Good job guys, looks like fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sprocketjockey9
    Where is this??
    I posted this in the other thread, but I'll put it here too:

    At the bottom of Charlies, take a left up Homestead for a 1/4 mile (maybe less?) Entrance to Raspberry Ridge will be on the right.

    Blackjack is at the top of Raspberry on the left, maybe 100 yards from the top overlook area.

    Have fun!

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    The photog in those shots is Dan. He has a bunch of great shots on flickr:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/danhick...77310650/show/

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    Congratulations, the trail looks amazing! The hard work put in by all is really appreciated, and I can't wait to ride it!

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    I got the crayolas out and added Raspberry Ridge and Blackjack trails to the BC map. It's not 100% accurate but you get the idea. Enjoy!
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    Wow. Very Cool! So, is RR/BJ basically one big loop? What's the mileage? Thx for the pics and video. Looks pretty technical. Nice work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrasher
    Wow. Very Cool! So, is RR/BJ basically one big loop? What's the mileage? Thx for the pics and video. Looks pretty technical. Nice work!
    Not really, unless you want to ride up Homestead. It's more like an alternate from Charlies to Sandywash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrasher
    Wow. Very Cool! So, is RR/BJ basically one big loop? What's the mileage? Thx for the pics and video. Looks pretty technical. Nice work!
    The Ridge trail is not nearly as technical as Blackjack and can be ridden as an out and back. It's a little over a mile climb to some of the best views in the Buff Ck. area. Blackjack is roughly 2 miles, give or take, and is much more techie than most of the stuff in the Front Range.

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    So, these trails aren't directional? Is there signage about downhill riders? I just want to be sure, so I can yield accordingly.

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    The Raspberry ridge trail is more of an out and back- the Black jack would not be much fun to climb up - it is geared towards a one way. Signage is not up yet but soon will be.
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    Keep in mind ladies and gentlemen - this is a multi-use trail! So don't be surprised if you come across a hiker coming up BJ...

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    How quickly do the trails dry out in BC? I was planning to ride there tomorrow evening since I will already be in the area. Beginning to think the trails may still be wet tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curtis C
    How quickly do the trails dry out in BC? I was planning to ride there tomorrow evening since I will already be in the area. Beginning to think the trails may still be wet tomorrow.
    Even when they're "wet" they're totally rideable. The pea gravel and sand make it very wet-riding friendly. So basically I'm saying go for it - it'll be fine.

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    Looks good!

    Steep, technical features on a non-directional multi-use trail??? Shocking!

    I really like that it's not labeled triple-black-diamond XXXtreme. Or will the over-signing come later?

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    Quote Originally Posted by casey
    I got the crayolas out and added Raspberry Ridge and Blackjack trails to the BC map. It's not 100% accurate but you get the idea. Enjoy!
    Thank you, how is the easiest way to get out there? we are going out friday after work and would like to park as close to the trail as possible to maximize ride time.

    thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowskilz
    Thank you, how is the easiest way to get out there? we are going out friday after work and would like to park as close to the trail as possible to maximize ride time.

    thanks!
    You're going to have to earn this one! Pine Valley Ranch is probably closest. Climb Strawberry, descend Homestead, then climb Raspberry and descend Black Jack. Return by climbing back up Homestead or Millers. You could park at the Miller's Gulch trail head then cut over to Charlies and then up Homestead a short ways to Raspberry then Black Jack and return by climbing Homestead or Millers. Other ways are longer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DWF
    You could park at the Miller's Gulch trail head then cut over to Charlies and then up Homestead a short ways to Raspberry then Black Jack and return by climbing Homestead or Millers. Other ways are longer.
    Ugh! That is the worst possible route! driving back on those roads?! waste of time!

    Or climb up sandy wash all the way to homestead- nice gentle climb! Prob. strawberry though would be less driving and a little tougher climb! LIke DWF said- gotta earn this ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PBR me!
    Ugh! That is the worst possible route! driving back on those roads?! waste of time!

    Or climb up sandy wash all the way to homestead- nice gentle climb! Prob. strawberry though would be less driving and a little tougher climb! LIke DWF said- gotta earn this ride!
    Driving 550 to 543 doesn't take any time (riding it sucks though). And it is DH from the MGTH to Raspberry which means you'd get "there" fast. The return trip would be easy too.

    edit: I should add that since I live near Sedalia, I always go to BC via 67 & 126. Skilz, you live in Conifer, don't you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by singletrack
    Looks good!

    Steep, technical features on a non-directional multi-use trail??? Shocking!

    I really like that it's not labeled triple-black-diamond XXXtreme. Or will the over-signing come later?
    Maybe you haven't ridden in other National Forest other then Pike but most trails in a National Forest are open to hikers and other forms of transport if they are open to bikes, regardless of the steepness of the trail/ features

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curtis C
    How quickly do the trails dry out in BC? I was planning to ride there tomorrow evening since I will already be in the area. Beginning to think the trails may still be wet tomorrow.
    i was out there today, up 543, gashouse, miller gulch, homestead, charlies, homestead, raspberry ridge, blackjack, sandy wash, 543. everything was perfectly rideable despite it snowing/sleeting for most of the day....

    ...but DAMN! i have to admit, this may be the only time i try and ride raspberry ridge and blackjack. i probably rode slightly more than half of the features but didn't have the balls to try the rest on my own, in the snow. i'm a moderate rider and just don't see myself ever being able to descend some of those rock faces. or maybe i'm a pu$$y!

    its a great trail if you have the skills to enjoy it. again, thanks for all the work everyone put in.

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    Hey carlos9, a lot of the rock features are way easier than they look just sit back and don't hesitate. I also think that it may be wise to ride them with other people just in case of a nasty crash. Happy trails!

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlos9
    i was out there today, up 543, gashouse, miller gulch, homestead, charlies, homestead, raspberry ridge, blackjack, sandy wash, 543. everything was perfectly rideable despite it snowing/sleeting for most of the day....

    ...but DAMN! i have to admit, this may be the only time i try and ride raspberry ridge and blackjack. i probably rode slightly more than half of the features but didn't have the balls to try the rest on my own, in the snow. i'm a moderate rider and just don't see myself ever being able to descend some of those rock faces. or maybe i'm a pu$$y!
    I'm pretty sure that's why it has been referred to as the "Black Diamond Trail" until the recent christening. I hiked the 1st part of Blackjack when I was up there for a build weekend last summer and I gotta say... a lot of that $hit was above my pay grade. Maybe with some armor, though.

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