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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

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/goatshell/7484553460/" title="P1080245 by Goat in a Turtle Shell, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8165/7484553460_510fa7d137_c.jpg" width="800" height="513" alt="P1080245"></a>

    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

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/goatshell/7484551658/" title="P1080247 by Goat in a Turtle Shell, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8024/7484551658_29e53f5789_c.jpg" width="619" height="800" alt="P1080247"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/goatshell/7484548846/" title="P1080250 by Goat in a Turtle Shell, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7249/7484548846_c7f0570cc3_c.jpg" width="800" height="458" alt="P1080250"></a>

    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

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/goatshell/7484531824/" title="P1080266 by Goat in a Turtle Shell, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8017/7484531824_5240d359d2_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="P1080266"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/goatshell/7484528226/" title="P1080268 by Goat in a Turtle Shell, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8150/7484528226_7bd2eeef0f_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="P1080268"></a>

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

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/goatshell/7484541856/" title="P1080258 by Goat in a Turtle Shell, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7111/7484541856_9382071e42_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="P1080258"></a>

    finally we reach a flatter, downhillish stretch

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/goatshell/7484517536/" title="P1080275 by Goat in a Turtle Shell, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7269/7484517536_b49d1135e0_c.jpg" width="800" height="507" alt="P1080275"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/goatshell/7484520642/" title="P1080273 by Goat in a Turtle Shell, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7255/7484520642_02e61ab731_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="P1080273"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/goatshell/7484515404/" title="P1080277 by Goat in a Turtle Shell, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7130/7484515404_b73d345c64_c.jpg" width="800" height="339" alt="P1080277"></a>

    ohhh, I see the pass

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/goatshell/7484522210/" title="P1080272 by Goat in a Turtle Shell, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7263/7484522210_58805601a8_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="P1080272"></a>

    The final climb to the pass hurts a bit

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/goatshell/7484508000/" title="P1080283 by Goat in a Turtle Shell, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7108/7484508000_42706225c8_c.jpg" width="800" height="516" alt="P1080283"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/goatshell/7484503162/" title="P1080288 by Goat in a Turtle Shell, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8144/7484503162_8133f24f03_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="P1080288"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/goatshell/7484500230/" title="P1080290 by Goat in a Turtle Shell, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8014/7484500230_266196e290_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="P1080290"></a>

    Wheeler Pass

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

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/goatshell/7484558738/" title="P1080294 by Goat in a Turtle Shell, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8015/7484558738_ce698b0c0f_c.jpg" width="800" height="516" alt="P1080294"></a>

    Hirschmj rockin it

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/goatshell/7484557374/" title="P1080295 by Goat in a Turtle Shell, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8014/7484557374_141df3006a_c.jpg" width="800" height="574" alt="P1080295"></a>

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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.
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaingoatepics View Post
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    and then the real slog began....man this hike a bike would make a killer descent
    Why yes... yes it does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaingoatepics View Post
    There are no achievements on this ride.
    You are hereby sentenced to the Strava box of shame, until you either bag that KOM or impale a hiker from Kansas.

    No, seriously, nice post!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydude View Post
    Why does bobby look like the the bionic man? Apparently the lack of oxygen is giving him super powers.
    Yep...I agree bobby looks quite mechanized there...I guess the lighting just worked out perfectly.

    But he, for sure, has the yeti stance....
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    I've done this. I'll never do it again. There are far better undisturbed high country rides without the HAB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drunkenbikesnob View Post
    I've done this. I'll never do it again. There are far better undisturbed high country rides without the HAB.
    Thats alright. Some people get hike a biking, some don't. Hike a biking keeps the riff raff away and I'm perfectly ok with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaingoatepics View Post
    Thats alright. Some people get hike a biking, some don't. Hike a biking keeps the riff raff away and I'm perfectly ok with that.
    Like I said. You can get some nice HC rides without the HAB. One of those is very close to where you were. You would not find another soul around you.

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    Super Sasquatch approves of this ride. Maybe backwards next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drunkenbikesnob View Post
    Like I said. You can get some nice HC rides without the HAB. One of those is very close to where you were. You would not find another soul around you.
    Give it up KC - oh, oops - - - I mean drunkenbikesnob.
    The Goat actually likes HAB.
    He is a freak of nature like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIANTkiller View Post
    Give it up KC - oh, oops - - - I mean drunkenbikesnob.
    The Goat actually likes HAB.
    He is a freak of nature like that.
    I am confused by your message. I am much more handsome than KC.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GIANTkiller View Post
    Give it up KC - oh, oops - - - I mean drunkenbikesnob.
    The Goat actually likes HAB.
    He is a freak of nature like that.
    That dumba$$ WKD-RDR apparently likes HAB too. What a rube...


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    Quote Originally Posted by drunkenbikesnob View Post
    Sweet! I know this, but you are skirting the legality. Still, another reason why these types of areas need to be open to mountain bikers. What good is having a trail that disappears because nobody is using it?
    and legal on the map...ummmmm...single track.no, no, no..barely a track...(btw: still legal)



    I know of other rides in the area that are just as spectacular and rarely used and less hike a bike. Doesn't mean this one shouldn't be done, it just needs the Goat's lovin too.

    But hey, since I'm the only one between you and me posting some actual passion of our two wheeled love instead of trying to be the regular douchbag we meet everyday, I might post some photos of those one day too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    That dumba$$ WKD-RDR apparently likes HAB too. What a rube...

    Yeah baby, that's cause he is a man's man mountain biker.

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    Last Friday I was at Peak Bikes in Golden talking to one of the employees. At 60+ he's doing the Breckenridge 100 next weekend. Curious I looked up the route. As a flat lander WI mtb- er staying at Copper for the week, I was shocked that the race went over Peak 9 from Breckenridge to Copper. Now I see this thread and you guys doing same for fun. Hats off to you guys. Seriously impressed.

    And I will never again piss and moan on our diddly little climbs. Tho' it did make me smile when the guy said "WI, huh, some of your trails are really gnarly"
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    i think i'll ride over wheeler tomorrow

    it's been a few years since i've been up there

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    Quote Originally Posted by drunkenbikesnob View Post
    I am confused by your message. I am much more handsome than KC.

    moar lulz, plz

    especially the identification FAIL lulz

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    That dumba$$ WKD-RDR apparently likes HAB too. What a rube...
    Wasnt so much the HAB as it was discovering we went off the route and on a trail that climbs some random 13er, instead of around the dam thing on CT.

    These things happen when Skurred leads.
    the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR View Post
    Wasnt so much the HAB as it was discovering we went off the route and on a trail that climbs some random 13er, instead of around the dam thing on CT.

    These things happen when Skurred leads.
    Teh moar altitude, teh bettur!

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    Always love the High Country pics. One day I will have my own!

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    We did the Burro>Wheeler>CT(miner's Creek)>Peaks last year. The slog from the west side descent towards Copper back to the ridge is a major bear. Felt like close to twice the length as the hike above Francie's. Once you do regain the ridge, you traverse a few miles of good high alpine, and descend Miner's Creek, which was rooty, steep, and awesome.

    I had a great time, and its cool to traverse pretty much all of the Ten Mile Range, but there was too much hiking to be able to convince a friend to ever go back with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    Teh moar altitude, teh bettur!
    So True!

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    forgive my ignorance, HAB-high altitude biking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roland45s View Post
    forgive my ignorance, HAB-high altitude biking?
    Hike A Bike

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    I have a similar pic
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