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    Winter 2016/17 Trail Conditions!

    Ok the Spring 2016 thread is getting a bit old...and we finally have something other than "insanely dry and dusty" to report!

    Night ride 10-11pm at Doudy Draw (23 degrees at the car at 10pm), more snow and ice than I expected, get going early or the usual mud patches will start getting sloppy. Some will just dry out since the soil is so dry, but there'll be some mud (got a few minor mud drops on the bike even this late). Studded tires could be nice (if you happen to have them handy), otherwise just watch your speed/watch for ice.

    Springbrook north:
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    In the trees (note the long ice puddle):
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    Doudy Draw trail nearing the top:
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    First storm = first 20 car pileup of the year!

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    Lyons report - not as much melted out yesterday as we'd hoped. Picture Rock is still a little snowy. Hall is thawing out nicely though.
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    Anyone hit Buff Creek since Thursday's storm?
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    Curious about Buff as well.

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    Thanks for the update and photos. Glad I postponed tomorrow's Springbrook / Doudy Draw ride.
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    MW/Dakota Ridge stunk today! 😉
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    Heading there now. I will let you know around noon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coyotegulch View Post
    Heading there now. I will let you know around noon.
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    Rode Buff Creek starting about 7:45 AM. 60-65% hero dirt. 35-40% ice, snow, slush all easily passable and worth the drive. Used the fat bike, but any bike would do.

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    Thanks CG. Let's see what Tuesday's storm drops...

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    Apex Sat 11/19 3PM - Argos/P&S/Gstake largely hero plus packed snow spots, Apex still snowy. Many tracks shown by the time I showed.

    White Ranch Sun 11/20 1PM - Bottom flats mixed slop/slushy/dirt to fence post plus another 200 yds, Belcher dry, Mustang surprisingly good dirt plus some slight slush.

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    As reported, Buff Creek is very rideable. There's still snow and slush but the mud in shady or north-facing sides of the trails doesn't turn into derailleur-destroying peanut butter, and cleans easily post-ride.
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    Mule Deer loop at Golden Gate is half dry, half shallow snow/slush/damp sand. Barely any mud, wouldn't even register as mud in wet season, but your bike won't be spotless. The slush will probably become some nasty ice overnight, then they expect a couple more inches Monday night/Tuesday. I'd bring "skinny" (aka 2-inch-ish) studded tires. The whole front side is pretty much perfect damp dirt. You could easily do out-and-backs each way on the loop from the pond trailhead and never even touch snow.

    Here's some photos near/at the top of the loop, this is about as "deep" as the snow gets:

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    Mt Falcon, Sunday 11/20 around 1 PM. 70% bone dry. 20% packed snow. 10% wet snow/mud. Very rideable. Most of the exposed bits on Castle Trail were perfect. Only rode up from the bottom to the top of Tower Trail then back down. Didnt do Parmalee becuase its almost all in the shade and we figured it would be really wet.

    Bike got pretty splattery, but no thick mud or anything like that.

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    On Monday 11/21 Halls Ranch in Lyons is bone dry / hero dirt. Actually I don't remember better conditions on upper loop.

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    Monday afternoon, NTM was 90% dry, 9% hero dirt, and 1% heroine dirt. It's raining right now in Golden, however. Doesn't look like much, but we'll see,,
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    Betasso is now open through the weekend (it had been scheduled to be closed Mon-Wed). Of course tomorrow is Wednesday so no bikes. It generally takes moisture better than most other options (Walker, Golden Gate also both do well since they're mostly granitic/sandy).

    Here's the tweet (on their home page, scroll down it's on the right): Betasso Preserve

    Due to weather and mechanical issues #Betasso will be open through Sunday. Have a great Thanksgiving. #boco_trails

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    No measureable precip in Lyons - trails are in great shape! (hall and heil)
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    Anyone know if oil well flats is snow free and if verizon works there? Wife is on call this weekend but we want to get a ride in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Streetdoctor View Post
    Anyone know if oil well flats is snow free and if verizon works there? Wife is on call this weekend but we want to get a ride in.
    Going down there today. According to this it's good-to-go;
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    Oil Well was in great shape today.
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    Hey guys, need quick input for tomorrow - is buff creek rideable?

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    Rode Pic Rock for the first time since spring yesterday.

    Traction was dirt perfect, you couldn't slide your tires if you tried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Msingh View Post
    Hey guys, need quick input for tomorrow - is buff creek rideable?
    Yes it is.

    Join the 303 Trail Monitor page on Facebook (if you have a FB account, that is). There's a lot of BS you have to wade through, but most all the trails get real-time updates on conditions when it matters.

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    How's Batasso? I'm hoping to ride tomorrow.


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    Deer Creek and Rattlesnake Gulch are perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Msingh View Post
    Hey guys, need quick input for tomorrow - is buff creek rideable?
    Rode the IMBA big loop with scraggy and green mtn extras today, all good fun. Some snow areas but all rideable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smileyboy View Post
    How's Batasso? I'm hoping to ride tomorrow.


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    Looks good according to this recent update. Think I'll hit it up tomorrow since Benjamin is going Clockwise!

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    Did Hall Ranch today. Conditions were good.

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    How's West Mag looking?
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    Snowy? Eldora got a foot last week, so hopefully you're asking about fat bike conditions.


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    Quote Originally Posted by smmokan View Post
    Snowy? Eldora got a foot last week, so hopefully you're asking about fat bike conditions.

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    Oh man, I didn't know that. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smmokan View Post
    Yes it is.

    Join the 303 Trail Monitor page on Facebook (if you have a FB account, that is). There's a lot of BS you have to wade through, but most all the trails get real-time updates on conditions when it matters.
    Do you happen to know how long it takes for membership requests to be approved?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GRAVELBIKE View Post
    Do you happen to know how long it takes for membership requests to be approved?
    Took a day for me to be approved (last week!), but I haven't heard anything from the fatbike FB group (and it's been almost a week I think). I finally joined FB, but just to get trail conditions!

    Speaking of which, Sourdough trail from the South end up to Brainard was great on a fatbike yesterday on the way up (in the middle of the storm!), but by an hour later on the way back it was getting enough drifts to wash out (and my track from earlier had mostly disappeared). Probably drifted to unrideable by midnight last night (80mph gusts forecasted)...and without the Thanksgiving weekend hiker/snowshoe crowds who knows how long until it gets packed in again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by locoyokel View Post
    Took a day for me to be approved (last week!), but I haven't heard anything from the fatbike FB group (and it's been almost a week I think). I finally joined FB, but just to get trail conditions!

    Speaking of which, Sourdough trail from the South end up to Brainard was great on a fatbike yesterday on the way up (in the middle of the storm!), but by an hour later on the way back it was getting enough drifts to wash out (and my track from earlier had mostly disappeared). Probably drifted to unrideable by midnight last night (80mph gusts forecasted)...and without the Thanksgiving weekend hiker/snowshoe crowds who knows how long until it gets packed in again...
    I've found it really hard to find "fresh tracks" on most of the trails in the front range. I bet it's good to go already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Streetdoctor View Post
    I've found it really hard to find "fresh tracks" on most of the trails in the front range. I bet it's good to go already.
    Really? I've found the opposite problem last couple winters, really hard to find trails that were packed enough to ride. Guess I need to go to more traveled areas more often...

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    Winter 2016/17 Trail Conditions!

    Quote Originally Posted by locoyokel View Post
    Took a day for me to be approved (last week!), but I haven't heard anything from the fatbike FB group (and it's been almost a week I think). I finally joined FB, but just to get trail conditions!...
    If you joined 303 then you are about to get a whole lot more than trail conditions. Vacation photos, snake photos, go get some photos, mud photos, being told how to ride, reports of $10k bikes not locked up being stolen from in front of bars, up to the minute reports on green Mtn, ........it is exhausting.


    ETA- Chimney is dry except for a 20' dirty ice spot near the top. EF has 3 dirty ice spots. The very top, the short descent between the two climbs and from the bridge to the gut. The gut from EF down has a few ice spots until PnS then it's all dry.



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    Quote Originally Posted by locoyokel View Post
    Took a day for me to be approved (last week!), but I haven't heard anything from the fatbike FB group (and it's been almost a week I think). I finally joined FB, but just to get trail conditions!

    Speaking of which, Sourdough trail from the South end up to Brainard was great on a fatbike yesterday on the way up (in the middle of the storm!), but by an hour later on the way back it was getting enough drifts to wash out (and my track from earlier had mostly disappeared). Probably drifted to unrideable by midnight last night (80mph gusts forecasted)...and without the Thanksgiving weekend hiker/snowshoe crowds who knows how long until it gets packed in again...
    Thanks for the info. I sent a request a few days ago, but so far nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poonamibaxter View Post
    If you joined 303 then you are about to get a whole lot more than trail conditions. Vacation photos, snake photos, go get some photos, mud photos, being told how to ride, reports of $10k bikes not locked up being stolen from in front of bars, up to the minute reports on green Mtn, ........it is exhausting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GRAVELBIKE View Post
    Oh man, I didn't know that. Thanks.
    I haven't been up there for about 10 days, but it was fat bike perfection on the Sunday before t-giving. I know they've gotten some more snow, but I wonder if it's still fat bike goodness for this weekend. I'd like to get one more hobbit loop in before I wait till June.
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    Which direction/route are you guys taking on west Mag?

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    Will Betasso be more ice than snow on Sunday?
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    what did things look like today?

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    Inch or so of fluffy snow at Hall RAnch in Lyons today but mostly burned off by now. Same with Heil Ranch. Expect a few wet spots but in general good to go!
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    Rode Heil (picture rock and the small loop), like a half inch on the climb, it was gone when I went down... Should be all good to go by tomorrow. Today was a good day if you don't like crowds !
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    Oil Well Flats is mostly in good shape. Light snow in shaded areas makes things interesting in rocky sections, but it's all ridable. Island In The Sky is good-to-go.

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    The sun is coming out in Lyons so Hall and Heil are become a "ride when frozen" affair. There is a lot of snow to melt.

    Peaceful Valley, on the other hand, has tons of new snow and is in process of getting packed out. Time for fatties!
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    Just got back from an early morning ride at Heil. After riding up Wapiti I rode down to Wild Turkey but none of the weekday fatbikers had been there, so I turned around and did the Ponderosa loop.



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