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    Wheeler Pass

    Sometimes when you've got a gut instinct...maybe you should stick with it.

    I finally talked Hirschmj into his 1st high country ride. Originally I was looking into doing something really stupid this weekend being, Wheeler Pass>Searle>Kokomo....

    the more I thought about it and as nervous as I saw Hirsch was I suggested maybe we just hit Wheeler or Searle and Kokomo. Then I thought about it some more and Bobby said lets do Wheeler...Ummmmm...ok

    Hopefully we didn't kill a fellas desire to go above treeline.

    Hirschmj on Peaks

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    of course, I couldn't take the easiest way...which is Peak 9 road...no I just had to do Burro and Crystal Lake Road

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    and then the real slog began....man this hike a bike would make a killer descent and I may just come back and do that

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    Bobby feeling the burn but at least a few rain drops kept us cool as we reached 12,000 ft

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    finally we reach a flatter, downhillish stretch

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    ohhh, I see the pass

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    The final climb to the pass hurts a bit

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    Wheeler Pass

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    Bobby rocking the descent...did I mention he was singlespeed as usual...crazy f@$&*$

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    Hirschmj rockin it

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    Sweet!

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    Looks awesome guys!

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    Very nice!

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    Mucho like!

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    Nice Pics Jeremy!
    I am jonesing to get back on the ct at copper and climb all the way over to leadville.
    Last July i was riding up wheeler (ok maybe i was hiking) and saw people skiing down at 7 am.
    I don't think i will see that this year.

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    I climbed up from the other (Copper Mt) side last summer and there were a few push sections. the altitude definately will be felt up there !!

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    More pics from Wheeler Pass:

    More pics! Woulda had more from the last half of the trip but my phone died right after we reached our peak altitude of 12,500ft.










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    Very nice Gentlemen!

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    Nice!
    (But no pix of Francie's?)

    I was a few ridges south with the family.
    (sorry for horrid flip phone pic - I am of course, much more handsome in person)



    Next time you are up there, head west for a few hundred yards on the road where the trail crosses it (pic 3), and you will come across an amazing field of wildflowers, and I know how you like flowers.
    One of the best of I have seen in all my time getting high in CO. (lulz)
    Will see if I can dig up a pic later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaingoatepics View Post
    Originally I was looking into doing something really stupid this weekend
    Wow, I'm glad somebody does these things, if nothing else, take solace in the fact you inspire others to do such stupid quests

    That's just plain awesome.

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    It's a great ride, but maybe not a ride that gets repeated very often by the same rider.

    I took some friends on Miner's Creek-Wheeler Pass-Copper-Peaks about 15 years ago. There was a lot of grumbling. Seems like your companions were more up to the challenge. I haven't been back to Miner's Creek but I'm glad I did it. Peak 9 road is so much easier.

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    Why does bobby look like the the bionic man? Apparently the lack of oxygen is giving him super powers.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Wheeler Pass-bobby.jpg  

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    That is just plain awesome. I really need to hit up the high country!

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    Great pictures! Looked pretty brutal and fun. Nobody logged any GPS/miles? Good times.

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    Wheeler trail going south down to the Crystal Creek Drainage is very doable but a real brake burner. The climb from the jeep road "over the hump" is cleanable too.

    I rode with a group of friends from Copper to Kokomo today and the trail is in great shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrasher View Post
    Great pictures! Looked pretty brutal and fun. Nobody logged any GPS/miles? Good times.
    Yeah! Miles? .gpx?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    Yeah! Miles? .gpx?
    About 28 miles or so...chill pace...mucho stopping for views and such


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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm View Post
    Wheeler trail going south down to the Crystal Creek Drainage is very doable but a real brake burner. The climb from the jeep road "over the hump" is cleanable too.

    I rode with a group of friends from Copper to Kokomo today and the trail is in great shape.
    That's ok. I like brake burners. Jones Pass tomorrow as a sunrise treat and we'll be doing the Searle>Kokomo>Ptarmigan Loop on Saturday

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaingoatepics View Post
    I'm not sure why but I have yet to do this ride. Soon, very soo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm View Post
    I'm not sure why but I have yet to do this ride. Soon, very soon.
    Even with the ride a bike, hike a bike, ride a bike it starts off with.....It's in my top 3 high country rides....ever!

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    Oh great wise MGE, the man, the myth, the legend...
    Did you consider taking the CT back up and over 10 mile back to Peaks back to Frisco?
    I am but a mere mortal at most, so I am asking this because it seems more fun than the bike path, not as a slight or a know it all? Or was another 1200'-ish climb at that point out of the question?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIANTkiller View Post
    Oh great wise MGE, the man, the myth, the legend...
    Did you consider taking the CT back up and over 10 mile back to Peaks back to Frisco?
    I am but a mere mortal at most, so I am asking this because it seems more fun than the bike path, not as a slight or a know it all? Or was another 1200'-ish climb at that point out of the question?
    I think my wife exaggerated my size to you if I am the myth and legend

    I still wanna do that. I was being kind to Hirschmj who I think was done with the ride before we reached the Pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIANTkiller View Post
    Oh great wise MGE, the man, the myth, the legend...
    Did you consider taking the CT back up and over 10 mile back to Peaks back to Frisco?
    I am but a mere mortal at most, so I am asking this because it seems more fun than the bike path, not as a slight or a know it all? Or was another 1200'-ish climb at that point out of the question?
    Lots of pushing to go that way. The top of the Ten Mile is a spectacular place to be and some of the trail is very high quality, but a lot of it is kitty litter, loose baby heads and deeply rutted. To me it's more of a novelty ride.

    Going all the way down to Copper is a great descent and the 10 - 15 big ring minutes or so on the bike path IMO isn't a big deal.

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