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    Bonking ... not feelin' well NTM Carnage

    Had to go scout NTM yesterday to see how things fared. surprisingly, the main gravel road ascent was already repaired by Jeffco, was open, and rideable. Once at the top however...things started to deteriorate.

    The old Quarry is now a nice new pond
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    some of the Mesa top trails are eroded, but overall not too bad
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    lakes are full and overflowing the trails in a few cases
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    streams and waterfalls flowing like they do in late spring


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    Then, the CARNAGE. As you approach the waterfall basin for the most technical section on NTM, the "rockyroad" decent as Strava likes to call it, a HUGE cavern has completely decimated this whole section, making it completely impassable.
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    These meager little 8.5 x 11 paper Jeffco signs state "trail closed", in case you missed the FIFTEEN foot deep and 10 ft. wide cavern now crossing the trail.
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    the sign probably stands 3 ft. high, so you can gauge how deep the new canyon is. I sat a looked at it for a while wondering how on earth Jeffco or Golden could possibly repair and reconnect this section. without a major bridge like those added up top last year, I can't imagine any equipment that could get in there to fill it in. There's probably a chance it will be full re-route and closed permanently.
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    I then turned around and sulked home, I hate to go see how some of the other areas, cottonwood canyon and teh perimeter loops fared. I guess we should be happy there are a few trails left. and given how well Golden fared in the storm, we are all super lucky we have what we do have. shouts out to Boulder, Lyons, Ft. Collins, etc.

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    Yikes. The amount of fill it would take is mind-boggling. Plus the repairing of it correctly to forestall this happening in the future.

    And, most important: the fact that this repair is probably last on Jeffco's list of repairs while they deal with county wide carnage.

    You and I can picture some sort of temp bridge long enough to span this but...priorities.
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    Maybe a bridge across that scar is the solution. That trail has been eroding all summer long and it was only a matter of time before a big storm washed the trail away. Never thought it would look like that! There was a 100 yard or so mudslide on the north face of NTM that looks like a mini avalanche. No where near any trails, but very cool looking.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rmalling View Post
    There was a 100 yard or so mudslide on the north face of NTM that looks like a mini avalanche. No where near any trails, but very cool looking.
    Once people start making their way back out, if they look up at the Mesa Spur and NTLoop intersection, look up and you should be able to see the mudslide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bad_andy View Post
    Once people start making their way back out, if they look up at the Mesa Spur and NTLoop intersection, look up and you should be able to see this.
    ahhh what are we looking at you senile old fart? Did you forget to post a picture.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaycastlerock View Post
    ahhh what are we looking at you senile old fart? Did you forget to post a picture.....
    "see this" -> "this", meaning the mudslide rmalling, my brah is talking about (thus the quote of his post).
    Not a pic. Tried to take one the 1st time we could see it but not enough light. Won't be around there in daylight again till Monday
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    Thanks for the report, Tin Cup. NTM is in my backyard, so I have been very curious how it fared. I know other places have it worse, but what a bummer. Reminds me of the old IMBA poster showing a rider kitted out, playing shuffleboard with some old fart, looking bummed. The caption read: "What would we do without trails?" (something like that)

    Indeed...without trails, our fancy bikes aren't worth much. It's going to take a lot of time and effort to restore our Front Range trails. I lived in Ft Collins in the late 90's when the big flood there decimated Horsetooth Mtn. Sucked. We all need to step up and help with the rebuilding effort.

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    Mandatory gap air!

    I was like, that waterfall looked cool! Then, the gap air... I hope no houses were harmed in the making of that new "feature"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bad_andy View Post
    "see this" -> "this", meaning the mudslide rmalling, my brah is talking about (thus the quote of his post).
    Not a pic. Tried to take one the 1st time we could see it but not enough light. Won't be around there in daylight again till Monday
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    Ahhh fine. Be that way. Im picking up what your putting down now.
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    WOW!!! This is crazy!

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    Thanks for posting.
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    Nature and geology in action. We humans and our toys are pretty puny, especially when Mom Nature is in a grump mood.

    I'm thinking of all the things I could do to help all those effected and I have to admit, trails - as much as I love them - aren't at the top of the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm View Post
    Nature and geology in action. We humans and our toys are pretty puny, especially when Mom Nature is in a grump mood.

    I'm thinking of all the things I could do to help all those effected and I have to admit, trails - as much as I love them - aren't at the top of the list.
    ^^^^this.

    The more news I watch, the more stories I hear, the less significant our little trail issues are. I'm thankful to have safe family, power, clean water and shelter. Heading up to volunteer in B-town or L-town this weekend... my next Strava PR can wait.

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