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    Planning ahead - Lists and possible ultra mini gatherings

    Since I normally have the incurable disease of waiting for the last minute to go ride and my wife is the exact opposite, for some reason I think I need to change. Hopefully this will allow me to do some of the must do rides in CO (and if daring WY, NM, UT and SD), that for some reason didn't happen for me last year.

    So here are some trails that I really want to do this year, would like some like minded folk to join. I'm not as organized as say Kirk so... well don't expect much. If you would like to offer optimal weekeds (9-5er here), guidance, or would be kind enough to lead local knowledge rides in your local but don't want it mentioned on the forum please pm me.

    Closer to home (for me)
    Epic long day in Horse tooth and FC area, AKA Big City Borrito point to point, only been there once

    Golden Gate State Park. must include Mountain Lion as a DH, would love to do a long ride to include the fasf flowing smoth stuff on the west side of the park as a DH, but not too have much road or fire road descending.

    Curt Gowdy (I think thats the name) in WY, never been heard its great for bikes. Other stuff close to that would be good too.

    Little further away
    Comando Run, near Vail, only ridden this once, great point to point, but I'd get so lost, I'd probably need to scavage for food before rescue people found me.

    Monarch Crest, another great PtoP also only done it once see notes from Comando run. Open to variations on this as I've heard that some of the off shoots can be amazing.

    Crusty Butte,
    I'd love to do the classics here, but there is so much I haven't done here.

    SD Mah Da Hay (sp?)
    Never been, but heard good things.

    Open to more places. Just want to ride, with good folk and at cool places, this year and look back and say, I have not regrets about how I spent my biking season.

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    Forgot to in include winter park Fraiser (sp) Valley. I won't have DH bike this year (bummer) so the lifts probably won't happen unless I win the lottery (not bloody likely since I don't play), spent a little bit of time up there and would like to ride more.

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    Sure, sounds good...

    Quote Originally Posted by EricTheRed
    Epic long day in Horse tooth and FC area, AKA Big City Borrito point to point, only been there once

    Golden Gate State Park. must include Mountain Lion as a DH, would love to do a long ride to include the fasf flowing smoth stuff on the west side of the park as a DH, but not too have much road or fire road descending.

    Curt Gowdy (I think thats the name) in WY, never been heard its great for bikes. Other stuff close to that would be good too.

    Little further away
    Comando Run, near Vail, only ridden this once, great point to point, but I'd get so lost, I'd probably need to scavage for food before rescue people found me.

    Monarch Crest, another great PtoP also only done it once see notes from Comando run. Open to variations on this as I've heard that some of the off shoots can be amazing.

    Crusty Butte,
    I'd love to do the classics here, but there is so much I haven't done here.

    SD Mah Da Hay (sp?)
    Never been, but heard good things.
    Maybe GJ, South Boundery, and some Los Alamos action, too.
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    I can guide you in Fort Collins. Maxwell shuttle included. Most weekends will be fine - up until the lifts open. Like you I am flexible. Just give me a ping about one weekend out.

    Worthwhile in Fort Collins:

    Pineridge, Maxwell, Shoreline, Foothills Trail (out and back)
    Timber Trail (loop in Lory State Park)
    Powerline, Ginny Trail (loop in Bobcat Ridge Natural Area)
    Blue Sky Trail (including Devils Backbone)
    Horsetooth, multiple options

    I think I can do 2 (maybe 3) out of the 5 mentioned above in one day (if we go slow). Sorry - I am not a lung. Oh, and of course combinations are possible... (e.g. Blue Sky Trail, Timber, Horsetooth - and back).

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricTheRed
    ...Epic long day in Horse tooth and FC area, AKA Big City Borrito point to point, only been there once...
    How epic are you looking for?

    For the more survivable rides I recommend bobcat ridge the trails up the Poudre, and HTMP/Lory, not sure I would really feel like pineridge, maxwell, shoreline etc... would be worth a road trip, they are alright though.

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    GJ, and SBT are up there too, never been to Los Alamos, BrianC used to post some nice pics from down that way.

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    My year will hopefully cover the following fun play-time activities.

    March - Pueblo and Moab (weather dependent)
    April - Moab and Fruita (hopefully about 3 weekends of April)
    Memorial Day weekend - Angelfire
    June - at least one trip to Los Alamos before Keystone opens. Crested Butte for the rest of the weekends
    July - 3 weeks vacation in Whistler/Squamish/Pembarton
    August - as much time in Steamboat & Crested Butte as possible

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaba Klaus
    Pineridge, Maxwell, Shoreline, Foothills Trail (out and back)
    Timber Trail (loop in Lory State Park)
    Powerline, Ginny Trail (loop in Bobcat Ridge Natural Area)
    Blue Sky Trail (including Devils Backbone)
    Horsetooth, multiple options
    Before it gets too hot, but after trail drys out, i'd like to do a DBB, CR, Blue sky to ? and back, a 20 - 30 mile ride.

    Love Ginny trail, done that a couple of times as an out and back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricTheRed
    Before it gets too hot, but after trail drys out, i'd like to do a DBB, CR, Blue sky to ? and back, a 20 - 30 mile ride.
    That is one option:

    DBB, CR, Blue Sky all the way into Lori, East Valley Trail, Timber, Arthurs Rock, West Valley... (Optional: via Fireroad into HTMP, Westridge, Wathem, Spring Creek, Mill Creek) ... West Vallev, Blue Sky Trail, DBB - Dead on arrival.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanD
    How epic are you looking for?

    For the more survivable rides I recommend bobcat ridge the trails up the Poudre, and HTMP/Lory, not sure I would really feel like pineridge, maxwell, shoreline etc... would be worth a road trip, they are alright though.
    It reall depends on how much climbing. I don't mind a ride that lasts all day as long as I don't run out of water before the end.

    I've done one epic with Migz and a small crew a couple of years back, but its been so long i'm not sure what we did. I remember starting in HTMP on the south or south west side, climing up to some power lines I think. And ended up in Lory on the north side, and then crossed a road then climbed over a hill to a street where we had parked the lower cars, we had a couple extended ups and downs in there but don't remember trail names.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaba Klaus
    That is one option:

    DBB, CR, Blue Sky all the way into Lori, East Valley Trail, Timber, Arthurs Rock, West Valley... (Optional: via Fireroad into HTMP, Westridge, Wathem, Spring Creek, Mill Creek) ... West Vallev, Blue Sky Trail, DBB - Dead on arrival.
    I'd give that a whirl, plus it looks like there are alot of options to either extend or shorten the ride.

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    This is so awesome, ETR!! I was just talking to my friends that this year I'm gonna do my best to hit a bunch of trails that I haven't yet, and a few I have but wanna hit again. Many are on your list:

    Commando Run (did this last year - was excellent!)
    Monarch Crest (have never done this, but know it will be epic)
    GGSP - always see great pics from here
    Fort Collins/Boulder (HTMP - Blue Sky - DBB - Hall etc...that big ride sounds awesome)
    Steamboat - Rabbit Ears pass back to town
    Colorado Springs - would love to try some of Palmer and other local happy spots
    Fruita/Moab - can't get enough
    Winter Park / Keystone / Sol Vista - have never tried lift access
    Wyoming - heard it has some good stuff

    I'm thinking with all the snow that many of the high country rides will be ready much later, making the season shorter (unless we have an indian summer or something). I'm thinking warm thoughts already, but I don't reckon it has melted anything yet. Keep us posted about your rides and let me know if you need someone to ride sweep really far behind you!

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    Rabbit ears too, never done, regret not being able to ride it at last years Rocky Mtn gathering.


    Whats nice so far this year, some of low trails have been nasty because of the temps and sun, but go up a couple thousand feet and stuff like Crosier is mud free (and people free).

    Lift access is awsome, and a great way to improve your DH confidence and skills. I'd reccomend a good, burly 6-8" fully for Keystone. From what I understand WP is a little more tame. Don't really know what is up with Sol Vista

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    I don't know how true that is...Always watch out for the modest folk.

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    You forgot the most important.

    colorado springs shuttle with 20+ ppl

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    I just figured that was a given.

    I would like to do the long shuttle. I'm not really good with trail names I just follow Kristian. But I think instead of descending on Cpt J, go up that and over

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    I'd really like to explore Golden Gate state park, Its literally 15 minutes from my house but somehow I've not been. Most others on your list sound good also.

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    Silverton.

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    I think I see the emergence of our new leader. All hail Eric! Have fun organizing the gathering this year...

    Monarch and Commando will be good...don't do the std. Monarch unless you do all the primo options first.

    Oh yeah...and IN!

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    Jackson... with an extracurricular excursion to BC, Washington, Oregon and California
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Ohhhhh, icegeek, how did I forget BC, Washington, Oregon and Cali?!?!

    I see your BC/W/O/C and raise you an AZ and a NM! Then a quick jaunt to New Zealand, before heading to Peru...

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    There's some stuff in Wyoming that needs a little more investigation. I suspect that there's more up there than any of us think there is.
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    Good idea of getting some rides together in advance.

    I have to set my monthly schedule 6 weeks in advance, so I missed out on some rides lasst year, cuz I was a n00bie in the area. Gonna schedule myself some good spins this summer...........I'll be watching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibmkidIII
    I think I see the emergence of our new leader. All hail Eric! Have fun organizing the gathering this year...

    Monarch and Commando will be good...don't do the std. Monarch unless you do all the primo options first.

    Oh yeah...and IN!
    Oh crap, luckly I prefaced it with "not as organized as Kirk"
    Though organizing a MINI gathering would force me to actually do some rides,hmm have to think about that.

    Did you just volunteer to lead a primo Monarch ride?

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    if only, but not this year

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