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    Salida area MTB options?

    Hi, I'll be heading in from Illinois to Salida for a day in a few weeks. I'm starting out doin some whitewater down at the play park then would like to bike xc for a few hours, followed by a trail run. Pretty much have most of the day, just have to be in Denver that night for a wedding rehersal dinner. So far I've seen some stuff on the board about the Monarch Pass trail. Any other suggestions for a good trail? Not looking to beat myself up with super technical stuff, just wanting to put in a good workout with good scenery. I guess I can run the same trail too, but if you have any suggestions.

    After the wedding we'll be in Avon for the next week. Any trails there you can suggest?
    Thanks in advance.

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    What day will you be there?

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    Colorado trail to the right off of 50 before the top of Monarch pass is fun to Shavano. Really sounds like Monarch trail would work best for a short trip though. Just do it easy as an out and back early pre thunder storms and lighting in afternoon and it will be lots of fun. (think @ elevation)
    There is allot of other great stuff right in the area. Even without going all the way to Crested Butte. Such as if you drive out 285 from Denver then hit Colorado trail at Kenosha pass. Really too many options to list.

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    Plenty of paddling and biking to be had closer to Denver than Salida.
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan Man
    Hi, I'll be heading in from Illinois to Salida for a day in a few weeks. I'm starting out doin some whitewater down at the play park then would like to bike xc for a few hours, followed by a trail run. Pretty much have most of the day, just have to be in Denver that night for a wedding rehersal dinner. So far I've seen some stuff on the board about the Monarch Pass trail. Any other suggestions for a good trail? Not looking to beat myself up with super technical stuff, just wanting to put in a good workout with good scenery. I guess I can run the same trail too, but if you have any suggestions.

    After the wedding we'll be in Avon for the next week. Any trails there you can suggest?
    Thanks in advance.
    Go to Absolute Bikes in Salida and ask Shawn or anyone in the shop for advice, great, GREAT crew.
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    For Avon you can go to Pedal Power (Vail) near Hwy 24 and I-70 (Don't know exact address, phone is; 970.845.0931), ask for Bruce, he's been local to the area and has great knowledge as well.
    Whatever you do go to Absolute, they even have a map with pictures turn by turn that one of the shop guys made, chime in here TomP...tell 'em all how great you guys are!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by miSSionary
    Go to Absolute Bikes in Salida and ask Shawn or anyone in the shop for advice, great, GREAT crew.
    330 West Sackett Avenue • Salida Colorado 81201
    For Avon you can go to Pedal Power (Vail) near Hwy 24 and I-70 (Don't know exact address, phone is; 970.845.0931), ask for Bruce, he's been local to the area and has great knowledge as well.
    Whatever you do go to Absolute, they even have a map with pictures turn by turn that one of the shop guys made, chime in here TomP...tell 'em all how great you guys are!!
    I agree entirely. And they have a better museum than anything I've ever seen.
    Take the long cut, we'll get there eventually.

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    We are gr-r-r-R-R-EAT!

    Quote Originally Posted by miSSionary
    Go to Absolute Bikes in Salida and ask Shawn or anyone in the shop for advice, great, GREAT crew.
    330 West Sackett Avenue • Salida Colorado 81201
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    Whatever you do go to Absolute, they even have a map with pictures turn by turn that one of the shop guys made, chime in here TomP...tell 'em all how great you guys are!!
    Thanks miSSionary. Thanks everyone. Gosh, there are so many people to thank. My parents for the regular beatings and psycho-propaganda injections, Zebulon Pike for turning me on to this area, Mahatma Gandhi just for being Mahatma...

    But seriously folks, this poster cannot do wrong visiting our little slice of heaven. But, uh, it sounds to me like he's maybe a little ambitious...a three hour drive up from the front strange, whitewater, x/c bike ride, trail run, 3 hour drive back to The Strange, rehersal dinner... perhaps he's thinking of meeting that special someone that night, proposing marriage, shopping for a ring...

    Here would be my advice: spend a couple days, or pick fewer extracurriculars. Or bring some serious amphetamines. You just aren't going to have time to do all that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomP
    But, uh, it sounds to me like he's maybe a little ambitious...a three hour drive up from the front strange, whitewater, x/c bike ride, trail run, 3 hour drive back to The Strange, rehersal dinner... perhaps he's thinking of meeting that special someone that night, proposing marriage, shopping for a ring...
    It's funny you say that. My reaction to his itenerary: must be an adventure racer. It's what we do!

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    It's not your question, but Icegeek is almost right - there is a potential option with less than half the driving time from Denver. River runoff in Colorado is pretty much cashed, but there are releases on the South Platte to water Denver lawns. The north fork will likely be running, which offers a class IIIish run ("Foxton") and a beautiful class IV/V run ("Bailey Canyon"). Waterton canyon is a 1-1.5 mile III+ run below that, almost certain to have water. It will be easy to find partners. They don't provide the great manmade play feature you'll get in Salida or BV, but the III runs have some play.

    From there, you're very close to Buffalo Creek trails (a large network of fast smooth singletrack) and the Colorado Trail starting from Kenosha pass. You could easily bike a section and trail run a different trail. More time for fun and less time for driving. Sounds like a fun day to me.

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    Thanks for the replys so far - great info. Ya, it sounds a little ambitious, but I'm putting in a workout (and having fun at it too) for a few upcoming offroad tri's. (paddle instead of swim). I'll be with my dad inlaw. We'll be heading into Salida straight from IL - Not going to Denver 1st. Figured I could head down to the river for a bit then he could drop me off up at monarch pass. Ya'll might call the itinerary crazy but scorpionwoman has it right - it's what we do. Either way, anything will be better than out here in IL. Thanks for the advice on Avon too.

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    Dear ambitious:

    Don't forget, Illinois elevation equal 600 ft. Salida elevation equal 7100 ft...

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