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    Summer 2014 - Post FR trail conditions/ask questions here:

    Happy 2014 everyone. New year, new trail conditions thread. Post 'em up here!

    I rode Coyote Ridge/Blue Sky/Indian Summer/HTMP service road up and turned around as the temps dropped 15 degrees and the snow squall hit me going up. Trail was still frozen but soft in places. Questionable on a warm day in spots. Hero dirt today though.
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    We tried riding Bluesky at 1 and it was a muddy mess we turned around after a few minutes.

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    as of 1/1/14 --- Walker is in great shape - snowy and slick in the forested part.

    Might get a bit sloppy by Friday on the South side near the creek if the weather gets as warm as they're saying

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    Hall Ranch is in good shape up to the loop on the Bitterbrush side, and could be too sloppy on the Antelope side if the snow starts melting today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smmokan View Post
    Hall Ranch is in good shape up to the loop on the Bitterbrush side, and could be too sloppy on the Antelope side if the snow starts melting today.
    Nelson Loop was rideable yesterday because everything up there stayed frozen. It's going to be a junk show for several days once it warms back up though.

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    Anyone ride Waterton today?

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    What are the golden area trails like? Interested in mt Falcon, Matthew winters, lair o the bear etc,centennial cone.

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    North Table is in great shape and Green Mountain is pretty good as well.

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    Chimney Gulch is in good shape with only 1 small area with mud (right before the first switchbacks). Grippy snow once you pass Windy Saddle. Plz don't ruin the XC ski paths.

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    re: Summer 2014 - Post FR trail conditions/ask questions here:

    Centennial cone is closed till February for hunting and after that Elk range and possibly other trails are closed till June...While they replace the Elk.

    Otherwise most trails I've ridden in golden are great in the mornings before they thaw out.

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    This may be a long shot, but how much snow fell in Golden? I'm hoping that an early morning ride tomorrow is possible, when the ground is frozen of course.

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    re: Summer 2014 - Post FR trail conditions/ask questions here:

    Green mountain just now...


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    Gracias. Looks like waiting a few days may be the best option.

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    Just got back from Picture Rock. Great riding. The snow was packed and fast. I was able to make it a mile or so past the old car with skinny tires. With a fatbike, it'll all be delicious.
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    re: Summer 2014 - Post FR trail conditions/ask questions here:

    Quote Originally Posted by mtg7aa View Post
    This may be a long shot, but how much snow fell in Golden?
    6-8" It's compacted a bit and the trails are surely packed down by now so you should be fine.

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    Rode Green Mountain Saturday and Sunday. Totally ridable frozen. Rooney Valley and Hayden trails 90+% packed.

    Edit: Monday's wind probably filled in much of the packed trails.
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    How's it looking over in Golden this afternoon? I'm thinking of riding early tomorrow morning.

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    Rode Green Mountain Friday evening. Parked the fat bike and took the trail bike. Rode the south side Green Mountain trail, up Rooney Valley trail and down John O Hayden trail. Mixed bag in terms of conditions. Green Mountain trail is maybe 70% clear of snow and what little snow there is, is heavily packed down. Rooney Valley was probably 80+% clear and Hayden maybe 50% clear. Hayden kept surprising me with snot-slick icy patches. Much more snow on the sides of the trail on Hayden too. Not as much wind as I expected but forecast to pick up overnight Friday night. A couple of pics - south side GM and top of Rooney Valley trails:
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    Winter 2014 - Post FR trail conditions/ask questions here:

    I rode the Dirty Bismarck tonight. There's still lots of snow on it though I t's just doable on a skinny when it is all frozen. There are parts where you will need to push but not too many.

    My rating 0 - no snow, 10 totally covered.

    Mayhoffer Single tree - 4 (quite a few drifts)

    Cowdrey Draw - 8 (nearly entirely covered with some lines in places. I had to push in a couple of spots due to soft, fresh drifts)

    Community Ditch - 3 (good dry line for most of it)

    Greenbelt Plateau - 4 (mostly snowy with a line on the north side, mostly dry on the South side. Found I did a lot of "snow hops" on this as there are regular drifts across the track were there are trees. The drifts are about 2ft wide and 1ft high. They're pretty fun to hop over.

    High Plains
    - north of creek - 2 mostly dry and fast

    - south of creek and north of the twisties on the hills - 6 mostly snow but there is a line and it's rideable.

    - south end near the wind turbines - 10 - total snow cover, big drifts, lots of pushing.

    Coalton Trail
    - North east heading section - 10 - total snow cover, approx 6 inches deep. There are rideable tire tracks though. Snow is quite "messy" here.

    - section heading north - 10 - 100% snow cover up to a foot deep in places. This entire section is one huge smooth snow drift that continues for the entire length. It's hilarious as the drift is so dense and firm it is actually smooth riding on a skinny!

    - section heading east to trail head - 1 - mostly clear and dry.

    Meadowlark trail - 4 - mix of snow and dry. Decent lines on all of it though. Easy to ride.

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    If anyone rides GM today can you please post up ride conditions. From afar, the south side looks pretty clear of snow. Need to do a shakedown ride and setup of my new ride.

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    Thanks for the report Normsk. This last snow sure is taking its time going away.

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    Anyone out on the bike this afternoon?

    Where'd you ride, how was it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokefork View Post
    This last snow sure is taking its time going away.
    This week looks to be a warm one. Although the skiing has been a delight, I've been thinking about the bike. Hoping to get out there soon.

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    Sunday evening loop around Green Mountain - looked like it was still pretty soft and muddy in many spots unfrozen.

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    Palmer Park was great Saturday with packed snow and almost no mud.

    As always Templeton trail is there to remind me that I am better at buying bikes than riding them.
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