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    New question here. Is Summit County's Radical Hill trail ridable?

    I've ridden many 4wd trails in Colorado's highlands -- Webster and Deer Creek among them, and have always dismissed the thought of tackling Radical Hill. Has anyone heard any valid reports or experienced or attempted to cycle/hike it themselves? I've ridden up and down this area from the north and south on singletrack and 4wd trails by Montezuma, but for some reason the thought of venturing onto this path has always seemed pointless. Thanx for the feedback in advance.
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    Absolutely love that area.



    We have done Radical many times on the dirtbikes.. Radical + Redcone makes for a fun day One time we camped @ Webster and rode up Radical in the dark and down the middle fork of Swan Creek to Breck.. the "inky blackness" off the shelf side as we did the climb was pretty intimidating.

    Are you asking if it is rideable now? I'd imagine it is still under a bunch of snow.
    Webster's cornice doesn't melt out often until late June / early July.

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    We have done Radical many times on the dirtbikes.
    I think the question was about doing it the old fashioned and manly way, by leg and lung power......

    I've never heard of anyone ever cleaning the the thing on a bicycle going up but I suppose if you had the motor, high altitude lungs, the technical skill and it wasn't loose and torn up it might be doable. It's a jeep road and very popular with motor vehicles of various types so it's probably pretty unusual for it not to be loose and torn up though. Maybe after just the right amount of precipitation and light motor use it would have ideal traction.

    A rider with good technical skills and the willingness to loose some skin could clean it on the way down without a doubt.
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    Re: Is Summit County's Radical Hill trail ridable?

    I've ridden down it, but never up. I've heard rumors of a local pro cleaning it, but no idea of they are true. I hate that kinda climbing. Big rocks, littered with baby heads, littered with gravel. Miserable.

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    I've ridden down many times. Never even considered trying to go up.

    My normal route is up Deer Creek from Montezuma and then back down Radical Hill and down Webster Pass Road back to Montezuma.

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    Thanks for the replies. I will most likely tackle this one this July from the Deer Creek side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fattirefreak View Post
    Thanks for the replies. I will most likely tackle this one this July from the Deer Creek side.
    Deer creek is a very doable climb providing you have the legs and lungs. It can also get chewed up by the motors, but it's not as bad most of the other climbs in the 'Zuma area.

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    Yeh. I've done this one, Swan River and Webster. Its the Radical Hill that I've avoided.
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    I was gonna say something about riding it with a motor, but I didn't want to be a wiseass.. I don't think I would ride it on my mountain bike though. I don't like big loose rocks on a bicycle.
    And you have to do more than just radical and redcone for a fun day, but you know that Geek.

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    Absolutely love that area.



    We have done Radical many times on the dirtbikes.. Radical + Redcone makes for a fun day One time we camped @ Webster and rode up Radical in the dark and down the middle fork of Swan Creek to Breck.. the "inky blackness" off the shelf side as we did the climb was pretty intimidating.

    Are you asking if it is rideable now? I'd imagine it is still under a bunch of snow.
    Webster's cornice doesn't melt out often until late June / early July.

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    yes... yes it does



    Good to see you Jim! :cheers:

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    Funny that I have a maple leaf for an avatar.

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    All I know is that the Redcone descent to Co Rd 60 is a hoot on a mt bike.

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    ^^^Meh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bad_andy View Post
    ^^^Meh.

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