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    Western Slope trail conditions and links

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    Doctor Park?

    It says "Not recommended" on the MTB HoF website, but they didn't always have timely updates in the past. Any chance it'll be rideable this Monday, 5/31?

    If not, could anyone recommend good singletrack in the Gunnison area that isn't at Hartman? I'll have had my fill Sunday. Bringing my XC bike for the race, and my 6" bike, just in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perioeci
    It says "Not recommended" on the MTB HoF website, but they didn't always have timely updates in the past. Any chance it'll be rideable this Monday, 5/31?

    If not, could anyone recommend good singletrack in the Gunnison area that isn't at Hartman? I'll have had my fill Sunday. Bringing my XC bike for the race, and my 6" bike, just in case.
    A friend of mine ran up it last weekend, didn't run into snow, but many down trees. I would consider Needle Creek and Sun Park. Stand Hill in CB is dry along with some stuff up Cement Creek.

    As of 5/29 Doctor's park had 3ft snow in the trees, downhill is dry.
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    Breckenridge?

    Is the Bakers Tank trail snow-free yet?

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    Here's more on Telluride:

    http://www.telluridesmba.org/

    The Bike Park is open, Village Trail is open, Prospect Trail is closed until July 1 for Elk Calving.

    http://www.mountain-village.co.us/index.aspx?nid=378

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    I might be up in the Vail area this weekend. I would love to hit up one of my favorites while I am up there. So does anyone know if Meadow Mountain in Minturn is ridable yet? Or know where I might find any information as to whether or not is it ridable yet? Thanks in advance for any beta and sorry if I missed any current info that was posted elsewhere.

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    401 climb from Scofield Pass to the top has been cleared of the down trees 6/5

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    thanks very much to whomever cleared those trees!

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    As of 7-15, the Raggeds trail off McClure Pass has 100 or more downed trees if anyone is thinking of giving that one a go...

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    So who rode GJ/Fruita this weekend? How are the trails holding the water? I had to cancel my ride yesterday to install a garage door opener instead.......

    My brother and nephew are arriving in state today and want to get a few rides in hopefully. I was planning to hit 18rd for sure, and then maybe LL or Koko another day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobi
    So who rode GJ/Fruita this weekend? How are the trails holding the water? I had to cancel my ride yesterday to install a garage door opener instead.......

    My brother and nephew are arriving in state today and want to get a few rides in hopefully. I was planning to hit 18rd for sure, and then maybe LL or Koko another day.
    My wife rode Loma yesterday morning and they said the trails were in great condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbmtbr
    As of 7-15, the Raggeds trail off McClure Pass has 100 or more downed trees if anyone is thinking of giving that one a go...
    Dang. I better pack the long saw this weekend.

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    Prime time in Eagle.

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    Horse gulch trails in Durango are good to go if you stick to the south facing slopes and stay out of heavily treed areas. there are couple muddy spots here and there, but they are easily carried around.

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    Hartman Rocks.

    I called the BLM this morning, they said Hartman Rocks is open to MTB at 1 pm today.

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    Gonna Visit

    Will be in the Cortez area for biz week after next from Arizona. Weather looks good, how is Phil's and Sandy Canyon? If I can only ride one, which one?

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    Eagle is ON

    All lower trails are prime!!

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    Rain/snow for Eagle today so Eagle is no longer prime

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    FYI, Monarch Crest and 401 are still under snow.

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    Cortez

    Will be in the Cortez area for biz week after next from Arizona. Weather looks good, how is Phil's and Sandy Canyon? If I can only ride one, which one?

    Thx boyz and girls....Pm me when you get to Phoenix and i will help you out...
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    What are the conditions like around Cortez in the first few weeks of May? I've been wanting to come to Cortez and I have the week of May 9th to do so if the trails are good. Assuming the weather is good, is there anything in particular (like big events) that I should worry about? I'm from Wisconsin and I need to get some riding in elsewhere while I wait for our trails to dry out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by circusubet
    Will be in the Cortez area for biz week after next from Arizona. Weather looks good, how is Phil's and Sandy Canyon? If I can only ride one, which one?

    Thx boyz and girls....Pm me when you get to Phoenix and i will help you out...

    I rode sand canyon last night - and the trail was in perfect condition

    I started it as the sun went down so saw some of the ruins along the way before ,the sun went down - then it was a hoot as a night ride

    I'd recommend you ride that trail rather than phils - if you like non manicured singletrack
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    Conditions in Leadville---end of June/early July

    Hey guys, I'm thinking about a trip to Leadville the last weekend in June and possibly July 4th weekend...is most everything rideable by then? Would like to hit up the colorado trail for sure and the trails up behind the college...any advice would be helpful! Thanks!

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    Is Snowmass Rim trail rideable/dry?

    Does anyone know if the Rim Trail in Snowmass or some of the other Aspen area mt bike rides, are dry and rideable now??

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    Hard to say what will be dry by then. The northern and central Colorado Mtns have a near record snowpack and a late start to the meltout. That said, it's been mostly dry and warm for the last couple weeks and it's melting fast, but there is still a lot of snow to melt before any of the high alpine trails are good to go. Lower elevation stuff is opening up quickly though. In the least, I'd say expect snow drifts and some walking due to snow and mud on trails above 11,500' by then, especially on north aspect slopes.

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    Yes, all 20 minutes of it. The other 30 minutes of riding doesn't open until the 20th.

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    did you happen to check the sticky? it has links!
    Western Slope trail conditions and links

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    You could try the new Droste Trail, it's open and dry. Smuggler Mtn is mostly dry but has snow in the shadows, it's still early for high mtn trails.

    Prince Creek and Red Mtn are good to go.

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    Crested Butte Conditions

    Hey all, Steamboat is melting out fast, and i wondered how things were melting out down in CB. I was planning on comming down for the MSC and racing the awesome Deer Creek epic XC, but wonder if the snow will be gone in order for that high mountain course to be used.

    Any updates?

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    401 will be a while. Not that I care, the skiing has been awesome. In other Crested Butte trail news, the Upper trails are open, Strand is pretty much there, and people have been raving about the new Lupine trail. Pics from 6/7/11




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    Holy crap there's a lot of snow! Last year on the third weekend of June, we did Deer Creek and it looked like the Sound of Music covered in Lupine flowers. So that second picture (not Schofield pass), is that Deer Creek????

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    You can see Schofield Pass road in the 2nd picture, 401 traverses the hillside above that.

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    Just rode Aspen-Droste-Rim-Highline-Aspen, all are in excellent shape. The Droste trail is a brand new trail and they did a hell of a job, moved an incredible amount of dirt to get that open in a short time!

    It was a nice loop, 30 miles, 3700 vert, you could cut off some pavement by parking at Buttermilk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watertight View Post
    Just rode Aspen-Droste-Rim-Highline-Aspen, all are in excellent shape. The Droste trail is a brand new trail and they did a hell of a job, moved an incredible amount of dirt to get that open in a short time!

    It was a nice loop, 30 miles, 3700 vert, you could cut off some pavement by parking at Buttermilk.
    I thought Droste trail was pretty decent as well. It'd be really nice if they could put in some singletrack to get down the Aspen side and also to connect Tom Blake to the existing singletrack somewhere in the middle.

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    pretty sure more is in the works, they just cranked out that main trail so people could get on it. The steep loose sections on the Aspen side are def getting some more switchbacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watertight View Post
    pretty sure more is in the works, they just cranked out that main trail so people could get on it. The steep loose sections on the Aspen side are def getting some more switchbacks.
    Oh I know, I just see those as the next best trail options. And some berms on the Snowmass side once it gets packed down.

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    any ideas whether the CT from Hotel Draw to Corral Draw and Corral Draw down to Hermosa Creek are rideable?

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    Hi,

    Any updates on the 401? Is the upper half still completely under snow or just certain parts? Will the wildflowers be out by late July or should I push my trip into August?

    Thanks

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    Any idea on trail conditions for the Government Trail?

    Also, which way is it easier to ride? Aspen>Snowmass or Snowmass>Aspen?

    TIA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker View Post
    Hi,

    Any updates on the 401? Is the upper half still completely under snow or just certain parts? Will the wildflowers be out by late July or should I push my trip into August?

    Thanks
    Snowy you can checks here look at the paradise web cam and zoom to schofield pass preset. August may be better

    Quote Originally Posted by jddjirikian View Post
    Any idea on trail conditions for the Government Trail?

    Also, which way is it easier to ride? Aspen>Snowmass or Snowmass>Aspen?

    TIA.
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    Government trail is muddy in spots but good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knumbskull View Post
    Government trail is muddy in spots but good to go.
    As is Sunnyside, Hobbit, etc.

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    I'm in the midst of planning a trip to ride CB/Gunnison/Monarch Crest areas the last week of July: 7/25-7/29. I can see from the link above that 2 of the CB rides I was hoping to do-401 and Reno/Flag/Bear/Deadman's are still not recommended. I assume Monarch Crest is not open yet either? Would anyone with knowledge of the area care to gauge if those trails will be good to go by 7/25? I'm considering other options like visiting CB in early September and focusing more on Gunnison/Durango/Cortez if the snow levels this year put a monkey wrench in the high altitude riding through the end of this month. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ride_today714 View Post
    I'm in the midst of planning a trip to ride CB/Gunnison/Monarch Crest areas the last week of July: 7/25-7/29. I can see from the link above that 2 of the CB rides I was hoping to do-401 and Reno/Flag/Bear/Deadman's are still not recommended. I assume Monarch Crest is not open yet either? Would anyone with knowledge of the area care to gauge if those trails will be good to go by 7/25? I'm considering other options like visiting CB in early September and focusing more on Gunnison/Durango/Cortez if the snow levels this year put a monkey wrench in the high altitude riding through the end of this month. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
    You can do an out and back on 401 right now, the snow is going quick up there with the warmth/rain we've been getting. Higher up on Schofield near emerald lake it's a different story...let's just say you'll be walking the bike through a lot of snow and the uphill through the woods still has snow on it, definitely would not be fun and not recommended.

    Reno/Flag/Bear/Deadman's...I talked to a guy who said that it's rideable, but there's going to be some mud and snow crossings, but that it's just about ready.

    I would say in another 2 weeks when you get here conditions for those higher rides will improve considerably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ride_today714 View Post
    I'm in the midst of planning a trip to ride CB/Gunnison/Monarch Crest areas the last week of July: 7/25-7/29. I can see from the link above that 2 of the CB rides I was hoping to do-401 and Reno/Flag/Bear/Deadman's are still not recommended. I assume Monarch Crest is not open yet either? Would anyone with knowledge of the area care to gauge if those trails will be good to go by 7/25? I'm considering other options like visiting CB in early September and focusing more on Gunnison/Durango/Cortez if the snow levels this year put a monkey wrench in the high altitude riding through the end of this month. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
    Re: Monarch... did Monarch pass to Marshall Pass 2 days ago and other than three small spots where we had to hike-a-bike over snow, it's in great shape. All told it took 2.5 hrs to do out and back.

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    BDk and Kardy, thanks for the input. Hopefully 2weeks time will allow things to dry up, etc. Wasn't aware until I started planning this trip that Colorado got hammered with snow like parts of Utah did this year. Kardy- If I have one day to enjoy riding the Monarch Crest, is there a preferred/"classic" route and if so, is that version likely to be good to go in a couple weeks? Thanks, M.

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    Curious how bad the stream crossing is on Doctors? Is it safe to traverse solo? I don't mind getting my feet wet. The links for conditions at CB appear to be down.
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    Two weeks ago it was above the knee and safe to do solo. That descent is one of my favorites anywhere! I'd recommend taking your shoes off and walking the crossing. But is you want to try and ride it, more power to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knumbskull View Post
    Two weeks ago it was above the knee and safe to do solo. That descent is one of my favorites anywhere! I'd recommend taking your shoes off and walking the crossing. But is you want to try and ride it, more power to you.
    Very cool - thanks. Its been on my list for a number of years. Was planning on that and Deer creek over the weekend. Is a 29er HT sufficient, or do you recommend suspension?
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    Never ridden deer creek so I can't comment on thaat. However for Doctor's park a hardtail is fine/ There is a bunch of smooth flowy descending and a few ledgy tech sections that would be fine on a hardtail. You can try and ride it faster and link together a few drops on a FS. Either way you will have a blast.

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