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    kebler elfs?... er... kebler pass

    headed out to western colorado for the three day weekend. Kebler pass and erikson springs to be exact. Between Crested Butte and Paonia. Mostly camping and seeing the sights but I did squeeze in a ride. The aspen in the area are some of the highest concentrations in the world and they were coming in to their leaves this weekend.

    I bet this place is pretty special in the fall.











    and the ride. Heading north and up for erikson springs. Mostly double track forest road to the top of a ridge. Climbed nonstop for about 1.25 hours with some photo breaks to a nice meadow then back down in about 3 minutes.

















    other random goodness. The rivers were flowing like mad with all the snow melt in Gunnison.







    Came home to rain so I guess it was good to get away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    headed out to western colorado for the three day weekend. Kebler pass and erikson springs to be exact. Between Crested Butte and Paonia. Mostly camping and seeing the sights but I did squeeze in a ride. The aspen in the area are some of the highest concentrations in the world and they were coming in to their leaves this weekend.

    I bet this place is pretty special in the fall.
    Why yes... yes it is.

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    I grew up over in Paonia...Kebler Pass is a relatively hidden gem.

    Here is a shot I took in the fall a couple of years ago...

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    Great pics, nOOby!! That looks like a beautiful area... thanks for sharing!

    Sinjin4131 - awesome shot...

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    Thanks J!

    Being from there, I have always had this misguided romantic image of that area being a great mountain bike land, but the demographics of the local community is just not there...probably because Kebler closes in the winter, it seems that the Crested Butte enthusiasm has just not bled over there past The Dykes...

    Great hiking, though!
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    nice shot sinjin. thanks John.

    yeah I tried to find some information about rides in the area but there was nothing. most of the trails were in the the wilderness area so no go on a bike. The forest road I rode up did eventually turn to a narrower track but it was very rutted out by ATVs

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    nice pics, nooby.

    IIRC, that stand of aspens is the largest living organism in the world!

    Its great up there in the fall.

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    Yeah...its too bad that it is very popular with the ATV and snowmobile crowd...lots of possibilities over there...
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    sinjin, my wife and I looked in the window of a real estate office and were amazed by the price of houses in Paonia. Any reason why places are so expensive? Seemed just like a quite little town.

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    nOOby, the perspective from the middle of the river is saaweeet! Thanks!

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    that was actually two images combined, thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by FT$
    nOOby, the perspective from the middle of the river is saaweeet! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    sinjin, my wife and I looked in the window of a real estate office and were amazed by the price of houses in Paonia. Any reason why places are so expensive? Seemed just like a quite little town.
    Yeah... quaint like Creede or Lake City or Ouray...

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    Yeah, prices certainly have increased over the past 10 years...the small town, reasonable weather (although it DOES get pretty hot in the summer sometimes), cool fruit community, deep enviro community (High Country News and Mountain Gazette are both there), there were decent jobs (Chaco Sandals was there, but are moving Ops overseas), and really has not been overwhelmed by condos yet. No ski area helps keep the prices down...remember that you are still not far from CB or Aspen, so some of that bleeds over into the valley.

    Having said all that, from when I was growing up there, I think the town looks pretty run-down. I was there last summer for 4 days, and was a bit disappointed that it seemed that many residents in town were kinda letting thier places go. I work for Trout Unlimited (volunteer) and we are considering doing some stream restoration over there, but it might be a trick to just be able to do it...who knows?
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    all that being said, I remember in the late 1980's looking at a house IN TOWN in Crested Butte...$90,000 - that house today would be well over a million. Looked at a house in CB last year by the open space - nothing that spectacular and it was $1.7M...

    We built our house in Paonia in 1980ish for about $30,000...value today is probably about $300,000 with 5 acres of land and a killer view...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rontele
    nice pics, nooby.

    IIRC, that stand of aspens is the largest living organism in the world!

    Its great up there in the fall.
    Thanks Dr. Science.


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    removed...I felt too guilty...
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    Hmm Sinjin living in Paonia you weren't a farmer were you? I remember many great times at WSC with the fruits of Paonia powering my brain.

    BTW- Great pics I thought there was still more snow up that way.

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    there was at higher elevations, in fact kebler pass wasn't open yet. The whole area got dusted with snow on friday but melted off pretty quickly and left mud.
    Quote Originally Posted by teleken

    BTW- Great pics I thought there was still more snow up that way.

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    I appreciate it. I knew that there was 1 aspen stand with that designation, but at the time I heard it was a secret location (My forestry professor was the one that discovered/proved it)

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