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    Marshall Mesa Conditions

    Since all the snow is gone and we will be in the high 50's for the next few days and it will be in the mid 60's sat do you think this trail will be dry for the most part. I really want to get out since this will be the first weekend i will be able to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klein_Christopher
    Since all the snow is gone and we will be in the high 50's for the next few days and it will be in the mid 60's sat do you think this trail will be dry for the most part. I really want to get out since this will be the first weekend i will be able to go.
    I'm gonna go with a tentative yes on this. Last weekend I road the loop from Superior, avoiding the lower/newer ST that goes to the new trailhead since I heard it was still wet. Coalton trail had a section of hike a bike across a 50yd snow drift...which I bet is mostly gone now, cowdry trail was really good except for one soft spot, High plains trail had 2 or 3 soft/muddy sections which required respect for the trail. All the double track sections were good. Enjoy and ride THROUGH the mud.

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    Thanks a lot I hope its a go to ride i can't wait.

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    Should be in pretty good shape. I rode from the main (new) trailhead last Saturday, and encountered only a few sections of concern. I'm hoping to spend some time there this Saturday, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for good weather.
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    I'll scout tonight and report back if I can take my SS. We'll see if the tire is sealed up when I get home. Otherwise I'll check from the road.
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    Thanks Pivvay can't wait to hear your report.

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    conditions 2/28

    All trails are dry on the front side of Marshall Mesa (rode them today). I don't know about High plains trail. Maybe I'll check that out tomorrow around lunch-time.

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    Rode today. The top part of Coalton is a touch muddy but avoided by going off trail. You're call. Passable for sure. The rest is money. I say have at it or go ride the other open dry spots( DBB, Heil, Hall, Sour Dough as I read it on this site!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bstrick
    Rode today. The top part of Coalton is a touch muddy but avoided by going off trail.

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    all clear

    Rode everything but Dowdy (Coalton, High Plains, all of Marshall, Cowdey) on my way to Boulder for dinner with the wifey. Got pictures but i'm going to bed soon so they won't be posted tonight.

    Short answer is go ride! Coalton is mostly melted out of the huge drift and the big drift on high plains is even gone and not muddy. There are occasional puddles but not even anything worth walking around. I bunnyhopped all of the wet spots.

    And don't harass the other poster about riding off trail on Coalton. It's pretty much a dirt road, there is no "trail" anyway.

    Yay! So glad to have some longer dirt back near the house again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pivvay
    Yay! So glad to have some longer dirt back near the house again.
    I'm tentatively thinking of the big loop down here come Sunday morning, tenish, if anyone's interested.

    What to ride on Saturday is the big question....
    Take the long cut, we'll get there eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debaser
    I'm tentatively thinking of the big loop down here come Sunday morning, tenish, if anyone's interested.

    What to ride on Saturday is the big question....
    I hear Pueblo is good...
    The more out of shape you are, the steeper the hill looks.

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    We just got back from Couwdery draw- douwdy draw- the trail was dry except for 2 small goopy mud places- one was about 3 feet and the othr was about 20 yards- and had yo be walked around...otherwise it was a great outing!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bstrick
    Rode today. The top part of Coalton is a touch muddy but avoided by going off trail.....


    Quote Originally Posted by daddyguy
    We just got back from Couwdery draw- douwdy draw- the trail was dry except for 2 small goopy mud places- one was about 3 feet and the othr was about 20 yards- and had yo be walked around...otherwise it was a great outing!!
    Are these jokes? I can't believe I'm reading this.

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    Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Recognize different types of soils and trail construction; practice low-impact cycling. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage. When the trailbed is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    Are these jokes? I can't believe I'm reading this.

    http://www.imba.com/about/trail_rules.html

    2. Leave No Trace.

    Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Recognize different types of soils and trail construction; practice low-impact cycling. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage. When the trailbed is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
    But they might get dirty!!!!!

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    the one small goopy mud area that I described was between trees on the left and the drop off on the right- riding through was the only option. the larger spot we did walk around- along with a couple of hikers that traversed the area on top of larger rocks- so hopefully the impact is minimal at best
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    Quote Originally Posted by ibmkidIII
    I hear Pueblo is good...
    Too much windshield time.

    Leaning towards Loveland, or maybe Heil/Lefthand area.
    Take the long cut, we'll get there eventually.

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    Sunday might be good. I will have to see what kind of training I get in tomorrow post PBville race. Wish it would be 70 on sunday for a long ride instead of 40 and snowing.
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    Just got back from riding MM, and it was sublime. Crowded (which was to be expected), but sublime.
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    I was there from 11.30 till 1 pm and man there was a lot hikers out today .This was the first time i was out this year and loved it. I wish Sunday was the same .

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    Hit it last night between 9-11pm and it was perfect. Bone-dry everywhere except the already-mentioned snow/mud hole on the road on top of Coalton. Best of all, other than a few rabbits the trails were totally deserted. Looks like tonight might be the last chance to catch it like this in a while.

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    I just got back from there. Wow was it crowded. There were a few mud holes on the switchbacks at Dowdy but they were rideable without skirting them.

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    Just got back too! I was the slow guy

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    I should be there around 830-1000 pm tonight sneaking in a night ride
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    What a night

    That was a pretty good ride it was still 60 out and I got to ride my new cross bike
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    Is the mesa, high plains good to go today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokefork
    Is the mesa, high plains good to go today?
    My sense says it'd be muddy in too many places today, but if we don't get precip tonight I may try it early tomorrow.
    Take the long cut, we'll get there eventually.

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    My guess is it's not ready yet, at least more than the main uppper MM trail. The trail by my house that I use as a litmus test still had snow on it yesterday and without a deep freeze last night probably got an early start melting today. Good news is that it might be ready to go tomorrow and with the weather coming up so far next week it should stay clear for at least a little while.

    I'll try to ride by and check it out this afternoon after I get back from the time trial.
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    I'm heading over there today (to check on conditions), I'll report back later.
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    Cowdry Draw is pretty sloppy in a few spots. Might be OK tomorrow, but don't skirt around the wet sections.
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    MM conditions 2pm 3/8/08

    High plains was quite muddy (as reported to me by another rider passing by). The Front side trails of MM had about 5 large muddy and slick spots. These were moslty all East of the old parking lot.

    The thing that really got me, are the new Vehicle tracks along side the trail!! Probably made by the city too! They're quite bad.

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    I just got back from Boulder and from what i saw from HWY 36 the north side part of MM still has some snow in spots so i would take it that is a mud fest . I hope we get some nice weather so this all can dry so i can hit it up on Tuesday night after work now that the sun will go down about 7 pm now

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    Saw lots of folks riding High Plains during my road ride on 128 today. Anyone have anything to report? Did anyone get over to Doudy Draw? I'm planning on riding tomorrow, so gauging by the amount of cyclists I saw today, an out and back on High Plains looks to be in the cards...but would love to include Doudy Draw!

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    Didn't do Dowdy but every other trail on the loop. Good to go! One mud spot about 5 feet long at the entrance of High Plains trail. Otherwise, go get em'.

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    Just rode the dirt Morgul-Bismark loop and the trails are in great shape. Some of the rocky sections seem a bit rockier, but at least I didn't have to face down any cows today.

    Enjoy!

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    The cows up there can be very stubborn.

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    Any News on MM with all that Snow the we had Monday? Is it dry to ride? I would think with all that wind we had the last few days it's a go.

    I might be able to get out of work early tomorrow to ride up there,but if there is some mud i don't want to go.

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    We were there last night and there were small sections of nearly dry mud spots. But for the most part it's dry as a bone

    With the winds predicted for today, those almost dry spots will probably be totally dry.

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    went running at MM on Tuesday around 5pm and it was pure mud of the peanut butter vareity. There were a few bikers there and they were all having issues trying to keep their bikes clean enough to ride.

    That said, the trails out by the Boulder res were almost all 100% dry yesterday so I'd think that MM would be much improved today and by tomorrow pretty damn good. Weekend is looking niiiiiice....but you'll have to tell me about it because I'll be in Moab!

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    Well today was a great day till the wind kicked in after lunch so i bet it's close to 50 + MPH over at MM so my ride did not happen. I guess will wait and see what the weekend hold for us here in the FR.

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    MM is good to go . I got out of work about 5 and was up there by 5.30 and it was all dry. This is the first time i did it after work and man it was sooo worth it because it was a ghost town
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    The trails were in great shape, but the wind was an absolute beast!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MileHighMark
    The trails were in great shape, but the wind was an absolute beast!
    I have to agree I took the loop clockwise and man it was tough going west.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klein_Christopher
    I have to agree I took the loop clockwise and man it was tough going west.
    I wonder if we passed each other.
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    what kind of bike do you have i only saw a hand full of people.. I was wearing a read shirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klein_Christopher
    what kind of bike do you have i only saw a hand full of people.. I was wearing a read shirt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klein_Christopher
    MM is good to go . I got out of work about 5 and was up there by 5.30 and it was all dry. This is the first time i did it after work and man it was sooo worth it because it was a ghost town
    thats becasue we all got outta work early and were finished by 3:30!

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    I wonder if we passed each other.
    Yo! Do you know of any other ways other than "Coalton Trail"/ "and the long way down McCaslin/Marshall Road" to get to the trail from where we live Mark?

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    There's an entrance off of Hwy 128 that'll put you at the top of the Coalton Trail, right at High Plains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MileHighMark
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    I think we did pass each other.

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    thx Mark, and LETS GO RIDE BEEATCH!

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    There's an entrance off of Hwy 128 that'll put you at the top of the Coalton Trail, right at High Plains.
    would this be the parking lot on the corner of 93/128? i did cowdry draw this afternoon, along with marshall and all that mess. the trails are TOTALLY dry! the wind was still a booger, but what a nice day to be out! Hopefully get some time tomorrow down @ The Hogback!

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