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    Eagle is as good as it gets!!

    The rains have made fore some steller trails ....... come get em
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    Rode there today and the non motorized trails were great. Climbing those steep sections up Abrahms was no problem (aside from wimpy legs and lungs ) The trails that have shared moto use are quite a bit more chewed up and dusty but that's to be expected. I always get kind of turned around once I get into that tangle of trails above the top of Worlds greatest DH. Exploration is part of the fun though. Having to climb out that little steep section of trail to get back to town is cruel! (a local told us that the exit out the bottom of the gulch is closed off until an easement is hopefully worked out with the property owner)

    Eagle is a favorite spring trip for Summit Co riders for day trips when our trails aren't quite ready yet.

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    Hit catwalk today except for on short snow patch it was all GOOD!

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    So is there a map that you can download for the trails? I am hopeful to ride there this Friday on our way to Fruita. Any info about this would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yetirich View Post
    I am hopeful to ride there this Friday on our way to Fruita.
    The good news is the trails were practically empty today in Fruita......


    Cant imagine what it will look like next weekend, good thing I'm going golfing Sat!

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    Cobi,
    Not a big 18Rd guy at all. It's fun and all but would rather get in some riding out at Loma or Rabbit Valley areas.

    That way if I get hurt, nobody will run me over.
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    My golfing just got cancelled. Looks like I may be trying to hit something this weekend as well. Western Rim sounds enticing or maybe I'll actually go check out the fest. I've lived here since 92 and never gone! Or course I've only been mtn biking for about 4 seasons now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yetirich View Post
    So is there a map that you can download for the trails? I am hopeful to ride there this Friday on our way to Fruita. Any info about this would be great.

    TIA
    Interested in a map as well. Sure looks nice and might be worth a trip out to Eagle this weekend. Where do you start? Recommended rides for a quick weekend trip?

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    Stop by Mountain Pedlar in Eagle, they have the goods!

    Link below has the Map of published trails, there are also some hidden GEMS

    mountainpedaler dot com , under trails

    Sorry I can't post the direct link because I only have a lame 7 post

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    What are the more challenging trails in the area? In the downhill direction to be specific.
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    Eagle Map

    This is huge so click the link.

    http://www.mountainpedaler.com/Image...rails_2009.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drop the Seat View Post
    Eagle Map

    This is huge so click the link.

    http://www.mountainpedaler.com/Image...rails_2009.jpg
    Awesome info. I've not ridden Eagle much, but intend to, soon.

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    I'm headed to Eagle with a group of guys (from Boulder/Denver) this weekend. I have the Mountain Bike Eagle Book, by Bob Turitz. Does this sound like a good plan:

    Saturday: West Eagle - maybe Abrams>Mikes Night out>World's Greatest.
    Sunday: Boneyard area

    We'd like a full day on Saturday, but don't want to totally wreck ourselves. And a full day now isnt much more than 4-5 slow hours.

    Any suggestions appreciated!

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    Your plan for Saturday is a pretty full day, but if you have enough gas after World's Greatest, cut a hard left back up a gully and take Tick Alley to the top and do Elk Drop to Star Wars, and take Pole Rd back out. You'll probably want directions from the local shop if you don't have a good book detailing this route. When you get to the moto area at the bottom, it can be a little confusing, as can finding the turn off to Star Wars (easy to miss).

    Depending on conditions on World's Greatest, I sometimes prefer Elk Drop/Star Wars/PoleRd - you can get there from the bottom of Mike's as well. If doing this, I'd recommend Mikes -> Catwalk -> Easy Rider -> (back up double track) -> Elk Drop -> Star Wars -> Pole Rd.

    You can also look for the Plunge (steep fun!), rather than taking Pole Rd out, but it's tricky to find, due to all the moto routes. It's easy to drop off the "peaks" too early, which will put you on the wrong side of the deeply shrubbed steep ravine from Pole Rd, with no way out but a nasty juniper bushwhack down and back up the ravine, or hike-a-bike back to the top of the "peaks" (speaking from experience - I did the bushwhack).

    For some reason on the map that was posted, Elk Drop is mis-labelled as Fast Times.

    Unfortunately the motos can do a lot of damage to the Eagle trail system, especially with the soft dirt and the lack of precip we've had this year - lots of deep ruts scattered throughout as of the weekend before last.
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    Please pardon my ignorance but is this the Eagle close to Vail?

    From GA but will be in Carbondale for around 30-45 days starting early June.

    My family will be with me and we do destination mtb camping on the weekends so I'll be riding close to the camper but the weekday afternoons can be free to ride solo and if I remember correctly Eagle is only about and hour or so east.

    Input appreciated.

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    Yes, Eagle is just west of Vail. You could get off of I-70 in Gypsum, maybe 45 minutes from Carbondale.

    Carbondale also has lots of good riding for your afternoons.

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    I've ridden quite a bit of carbondale/snowmass/aspen area and looking to ride lots.

    Thanks for the input now I can get a map and explore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue08 View Post
    Please pardon my ignorance but is this the Eagle close to Vail?

    From GA but will be in Carbondale for around 30-45 days starting early June.

    My family will be with me and we do destination mtb camping on the weekends so I'll be riding close to the camper but the weekday afternoons can be free to ride solo and if I remember correctly Eagle is only about and hour or so east.

    Input appreciated.

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    Hey Greg - yep, you are thinking of the right place. I'm not sure about distance, but you're thinking correctly!

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    I have a meeting in Silverthorne tomorrow. Anyone want to show me a good 1.5-2 hr ride tomorrow afternoon on my way back to Basalt? PM me

    I have never ridden these trails and would love to see the goods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobi View Post
    The good news is the trails were practically empty today in Fruita......


    Cant imagine what it will look like next weekend, good thing I'm going golfing Sat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cobi View Post
    The good news is the trails were practically empty today in Fruita......


    Cant imagine what it will look like next weekend, good thing I'm going golfing Sat!
    Maybe My memory is just bad, but it seems like all the trailheads are especially busy this spring. Luckily, crowded parking lots doesn't always equal crowded trails.

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    Last nights rain made for an awesome track today. Boneyard and Ice Rink were low dust and almost tacky

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    Ealge keeps getting more fun every time I visit. I went down Easy Rider which was super fast and fun, then I have no idea where I went from there. I think I went to The Plunge down to Hocket Gulch mixed in with a little Fast Times?

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    Hey Drop the Seat, Nice Video.

    The 1st part looks like Star Wars and the 2nd part is the Plunge.


    Saturday I hit Abrams Ridge, Scratch, Cat Walk, Mike's night out, Scratch, Worlds greatest and schoolhouse rock.
    Sunday it was, The Wall, Riddle, up hardscrabble road, Wolverton Springs then down Pipline.

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    Any good trail trail conditions update webpages for Eagle County?

    Mtn pedaler trail conditions page is not active yet it appears and thought there used to be a ECO page but cant find it anymore. Also Vail velo is no good.

    Trying to gauge when the higher mtn stuff will start to open up. I need me a two elks day trip soon.
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    Rode Boneyard for the first time yesterday - I'm hooked.

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    Love Boneyard! Great after work ride.
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    I did a loop today and I'm wondering what the mileage was....thought maybe someone in this thread might know...Abrams Ridge to scratch to cat walk up the service road up the steep part to Mikes night out back down scratch to worlds greatest to elmers to school of rock...

    anyone? felt like a long ride! Great trails though, Eagle folks have it made!

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    Quote Originally Posted by element1 View Post
    I did a loop today and I'm wondering what the mileage was....thought maybe someone in this thread might know...Abrams Ridge to scratch to cat walk up the service road up the steep part to Mikes night out back down scratch to worlds greatest to elmers to school of rock...

    anyone? felt like a long ride! Great trails though, Eagle folks have it made!
    20-30, likely right at 25. That is a great ride, haven't been over Mike's yet this year myself.

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    New Ice Rink trail is siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick!!!!

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    Eagle is as good as it gets!!

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    New Ice Rink trail is siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick!!!!
    New?

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    Yeah, they brought in the trail design people on the down-low and pimped the trail, total new setup.

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    Ha! Funny, I was riding in Eagle today and after riding a bunch of other stuff I decided to add some milage to my ride and check out the re-route. (they were working on it last time I was in Eagle in the spring)

    So, not knowing that is was redone as a mongo berm, downhill flow kind of trail trail I rode started riding up it. I didn't go very far before it became obvious to me that the reroute design was shall we say heavily weighted with DH flow in mind. I didn't run into anyone coming down till I was 2/3 of the way to the top though so I figured what the hell and I kept going. Tough but doable climb.

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    Eagle is as good as it gets!!

    Is it just the lower secrtion? I always loved the gnarlyness of the upper section. Haul balls through loose and roots, spending half the time in the air. Does it still have that character at the top coming down from the Boneyard? The lower section was always definitely asking for a flow-oriented reroute. The terrain at the bottom is money for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lindahl View Post
    Is it just the lower secrtion? I always loved the gnarlyness of the upper section. Haul balls through loose and roots, spending half the time in the air. Does it still have that character at the top coming down from the Boneyard? The lower section was always definitely asking for a flow-oriented reroute. The terrain at the bottom is money for that.
    Pretty much redone as a flow/berm singletrack except about 1/4 mile of double track and the very top. It's steep in places, but not particularly technical in terms of rock. There are numerous jump type features - although nothing big - built into it. I cleaned the whole thing going up, but there were a couple spots that I barely made. I saw one marked, designated advanced "alternate" route near the bottom but I didn't go that way.

    It's definitely fun and should be sustainable, but it's not like the old route.

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    Eagle is as good as it gets!!

    Bummer. I guess I'll check it out just the same. Thanks for the beta. Planning on riding Sunday.

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    Never been riding in Eagle, but how is it as an alternate to the Fruita/Moab desert this time of year? Is it too cold (unless we have a warm spell)? Or is it a good option?

    I have an open weekend on the 19th but no extra days off, and wondering if Eagle might be a good camp/bike destination. Or should I just suck it up and drive all the way to Fruita?

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    New pool/ice rink reroute:

    To be honest, I really miss the speed and gnarliness of the old trail. I wish they had done a flow reroute on a more boring trail, or as a spin-off from the original.

    The reroute is sort of fun and definitely has unique character, but the upper section, BEFORE the huge berms, it feels a bit too twisty and not that flowy - you really have to pedal hard in between turns to have any feeling of speed - which feels weird for a trail that is more or less all downhill. About halfway down, you can finally raise the speed a bit, but you still can't just let 'er rip.

    IMO, Elk Drop/Star Wars has a better flow to it at speed. You can really rip on that trail. Maybe pool/ice rink is just too steep to get a real back and forth flow going and just works better pointed down?

    That said, I'd like to follow one of the designers down it. Maybe I'm just doing it wrong, and maybe it gets better once you really know the trail well, but I think the main problem is that I LOVE to ride FAST, and the trail wants you to ride fast-ish.

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    I had not ridden the old pool and ice rink trail but I quite liked the new trail. Not super fast but really flowy and bermy. It is evident that lots of love was put into that trail.

    What are some other favorite loops out in Eagle? I have ridden Abrams to Worlds Greatest. I liked it.

    I am thinking of trying this soon. Elmers ? Tick Alley ? Elk Drop ? Star Wars Ride | Town of Eagle ? Recreation and Tourism Website.

    Any other advice or trail/loop suggestions appreciated!

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    Eagle is as good as it gets!!

    Abrams to Worlds to Tick to Elk/Starwars is my go to loop out there. Wrong time of year but Mikes Night is awesome too. Finish it with either of the above. Pipeline is fun, but not a lot of singletrack for the effort. Thats the next place they should build, if possible.

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    Yeah, Pipeline is kind of a haul for a pretty boring flow-less mostly straight singletrack that ends really quick and dumps into a straight double-track. I agree that this could be re-worked into something exciting. I think Bailey's could be re-worked to flow around that draw instead of just the straight shot too.

    I haven't been on the higher up stuff in a while, but I would guess it is still good to go for now.

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    Any trail beta after the rain/snow? Is there an site that gets updated by chance?

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    Haymaker is 90% real good 10% gu and snow. All of our other trails are snow and mud. If you ride early when the trails are frozen most of the lower loops can be fun and fast.

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    @mrniceguy, check out Mountain Bike Eagle | mountainbikeeagle.com. It is sort of regularly updated, but if you like them on Facebook you can get better info. Eagleoutside.com has some trail info too, but I don't think it is updated very often (users can post conditions, but I don't think it happens much). If you follow them on FB, it funny, I think they outsourced their social media to some horrible company that writes these awful generic posts, maybe from India. It would be entertaining if my property taxes weren't paying for it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RideEagleCO View Post
    @mrniceguy, check out Mountain Bike Eagle | mountainbikeeagle.com. It is sort of regularly updated, but if you like them on Facebook you can get better info. Eagleoutside.com has some trail info too, but I don't think it is updated very often (users can post conditions, but I don't think it happens much). If you follow them on FB, it funny, I think they outsourced their social media to some horrible company that writes these awful generic posts, maybe from India. It would be entertaining if my property taxes weren't paying for it...
    Thanks RideEagleCO, I called the bike shops and they have said its pretty much no go. I wonder if Eagle is done for the season? (It is my first year up here)

    On a side note I have been riding Berry Creek in Edwards. It is south facing and has been pretty good to go if anyone is itching to ride.

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    Counting down the days until we are fully open. Damn this on and off snow. How are the lower trails looking? Just got the bike fixed up ...
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    I'm wondering that too. According to mountainbikeeagle.com, it looks like there's a winter wildlife closure until 4/15. Anyone know if there'll be any dry trail once that restriction is lifted?

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    Rode Haymaker yesterday, all except the far loop are exempt from the closure, and it was 100% good to go, no greasiness. That could change with this next storm, so get out today! If you see a fat guy on a black and yellow Tallboy (for sale, too) that's me, say hi.

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    Weather (knock on wood) looks great for tomorrow in Eagle. Been on the roadie the last two months here in Breck and dying to get on some dirt. Maybe a quick trip on the 70 is in order.

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    These trail pix are killing me. We still have a mf'ing metric sh*t-tonne of snow in da 'boat. However I did get to ski on the last day of the season in 4 inches of fresh snow. Nice snow, at that.

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