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    Where is the best place in Durango to ride. . .

    . . .For a flat lander. More specifically, I'm from Ohio and am going to be in Durango for an afternoon. The thing is, that after noon is going to be on my second day at altitude above sea level. What would be a good trail to ride for me? Something not too crazy aerobic, but still technical (I love technical). Would Purgatory be a good option? I'm going to have a 5 inch HT with me.

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    This would be my recommendation,,I am originally from ohio as well

    http://www.spokejunkies.com/reviews/...ge=junctioncrk

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    Thanks spokejunkies for all the geat rides. See you next year Tybo.
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    The only thing is, I'm coming from sea level to altitude, and I've been sailing for the last few weeks, so my arobic fitness isnt as good as it should be/usually is.

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    I'm thinking sand Canyon. Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ca7erham
    The only thing is, I'm coming from sea level to altitude, and I've been sailing for the last few weeks, so my arobic fitness isnt as good as it should be/usually is.

    ca7erham- you are "thinking" about this in the wrong way. When in Rome do as the Romans. I'm from about 1kft above sea level and have been traveling to Durango for over 10 yrs now. If you are in Durango and you do not partake in the beauty and majesty that is the CO Mtns then you are missing out. I wouldn't necessarily recommend some back country excursion but the climb up to Gudy's Rest from the end of the CT is awesome. If you are feeling ok, then continue on to Dry Fork->Hoffeines and back. At a very mellow pace it would be about 3-3.5 hrs. My wife (who does not ride) and I did it 1 yr in about 4hrs. "Normal" pace has it around 2.5hrs.

    So my polite suggestion is that if you are going to the Sushi bar....don't order the chicken fingers. You'll be fine.

    The 3 of us stop for a photo at Gudy's Rest which overlooks the last bit of singletrack on the Colorado Trail


    Oh...some other suggestions would be Animas City Mtn or Horse Gulch. But Junction Crk trail head (CT) up to Gudy's Rest and around would be the easiest to find and navigate.

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    We're going to be in Lake City for the two weeks, just we're making a quick sweep through Durango (I may be riding Monarch later in our trip), so I'm not worried about missing out. Plus I just found out that my 52 YO father will be joining me for the ride, so I'd really prefer to stay with in the parameters I set out earlier (Plus I can plan more Durango area rides for next year)

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    But I will look into the trail that you mentioned.

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    Well, I looked around a bit and decided that based on time and what everyone else wants to do (one car for 5 people, only 2 of whom want to ride), a good number of the places are too far out. I'm looking at Dutch creek (http://www.spokejunkies.com/reviews/...age=dutchcreek) or Champion Down (http://www.spokejunkies.com/reviews/...nebec_champion)

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    Its sounding more and more like the only thing the others are open to is Purgatory. How are the trails there?

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    Sheesh,Man up already!! ,plenty of 60/70 yr olds do this ride on a regular basis.
    It's Colorado for crying out loud,your gonna climb no matter WHAT you ride.Listen to SJ's advice,take your time and enjoy the scenery.You and your dad will be happy you did.
    It will make the beer taste even better!
    PS Dutch creek is MUCH HARDER than dry fork,etc...

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    Really? Thats exactly the opposite of what the review says. I've got no problem with the techy stuff, its a crazy amount of climbing that I'm worried about.

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    You both would be sucking wind on Dutch. And that's not just on the hike-a-bike parts. Oh yeah, and the afternoon exposure up there is much worse.

    Do the Hoffeins Loop clockwise from the Lightener Creek trailhead. Do it slowly and take the short out-and-back to Gudy's for the view back to town.

    I saw a family from Texas -- kids, parents AND grandparents -- doing this loop the other day. It was tough for them, but they were havinng a blast.

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    I would suggest pacing yourself. Keep your breathing rate in check and your heart rate. If you have to, stop and rest. Fuel up properly before and during the ride. I'm 50, I'll be hitting up Durango really soon, for some fishing and some riding. It's not a race, let your breathing rate dictate your pace. Nothing wrong with going slow, stopping and enjoying the scenery all around you.

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    Dutch via a shuttle is easy(and a very long shuttle) but via Jones and Pinkerton/Flagstaff is much harder than the Jctn Creek lollipop i recommended...for a shorter ride see the hoffeins version of that ride(from lightner creek) as others suggested

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    Thanks, I should have said that we intended to shuttle (Is it doable by minivan?) as there is supposed to be some hiking in the area for others.

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    If i remember correctly elbert creek road is pretty mellow...youll prolly be fine

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    Thanks a bunch, thats sounds like the way to go. We're leaving tonight cant wait for the whole adventure.

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    I'm headed to Durango in October with my wife. Has anyone done the ski mountain? Is there stuff up there for non-hucking, trail guys/gals? I plan to rent a bike and I think it would be fun to take the lifts up and see the scenery in downhill manner. Also headed to Ouray for a few days. Any suggestions on non-technical rides up there?

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    I don't think any lifts will be running in October. In fact, Purgatory will be a ghost town, for the most part. Try riding up Horse Gulch, in town.

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    Cool. Thanks, Sandbagger. I'll see what I can dig up when I get there.

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    If you have two cars, shuttle to the top and ride Dutch creek to Hermosa creek.. It is near the top of Purgatory and is mostly down. A bit technical, but a great ride. Despite not being acclimated at all, I did fine.

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    If you consider that, just pay attention to the weather. Once you get into October at 9,000', blizzards are not uncommon.

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    I rode part of that and I will say that it is a good trail, but it is very different riding then the area near Purgatory.

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    You people are wasting perfectly good vacations wienering about the stupid altitude. You're comming to an awesome mtn. biking destination and all you want to ride are easy trails. You might as well rent a texas wheel chairs and go cruise the jeep roads. At least then you'll get to see a few things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bones get broke
    You people are wasting perfectly good vacations wienering about the stupid altitude. You're comming to an awesome mtn. biking destination and all you want to ride are easy trails. You might as well rent a texas wheel chairs and go cruise the jeep roads. At least then you'll get to see a few things.
    I was in Durango for one day. I was worried about altitude. And rightfully so. I'm glad I found a ride that had a downhill trend. But If you're going to be there for more then 3 days, you'll get used to it. And believe me, the day I spent wasnt even close to a waste. Nice rides around the lake city area, which is where we spent most of the trip. And seeing as our trip was one where we just happened to bring along bikes, I'm even happier. Sorry we're not all as good as you texans.

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    What are Texas wheel chairs got to know?
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    Probably just a huge annoying and loud wheel chair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tybo
    What are Texas wheel chairs got to know?
    Texas Wheel Chair = ATV

    I know you've ridden DGO forest service roads and such, they are hard to miss.
    Smelly, loud and usually carrying 1 or 2 sacks of fat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbrossman
    Texas Wheel Chair = ATV

    I know you've ridden DGO forest service roads and such, they are hard to miss.
    Smelly, loud and usually carrying 1 or 2 sacks of fat.
    And when they flip, the lardasses on board blame everything on a "low tire"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ca7erham
    I was in Durango for one day. I was worried about altitude. And rightfully so. I'm glad I found a ride that had a downhill trend. But If you're going to be there for more then 3 days, you'll get used to it. And believe me, the day I spent wasnt even close to a waste. Nice rides around the lake city area, which is where we spent most of the trip. And seeing as our trip was one where we just happened to bring along bikes, I'm even happier. Sorry we're not all as good as you texans.
    You missed my point all together.
    Comming to Durango and searching out the easiest trail is like going to the beach and staying away from the water. You're kind of missing out on most of the fun.
    You really should've taken the "go at an easy pace and enjoy your surroundings" advice. Granted, I love Dutch Creek trail but I wouldn't dream of riding it without first climbing up Jones Creek and then slogging over Pinkerton Flagstaff. You rode a nice section of trail but you missed out on about five other trails that would've blown you away even more by restricting yourself to the easy downhill stuff.
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    Honestly, if I'd had a few more days, I would have loved to, but on top of top of everything else, if you read the first thing that I said, I only had a few hours. I wanted to optimize my oppertunities for entertainment. But the good news is, it sounds like there will be far more time spent in the area next year. And for the record, I dont really like the whole idea of going downhill without earning it.

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    " Granted, I love Dutch Creek trail but I wouldn't dream of riding it without first climbing up Jones Creek and then slogging over Pinkerton Flagstaff. "


    all well said. I'm only there for 4 full days and will be packing in as many miles as possible.....probably too many.

    Bonesgetbroke, I want to do a Hermosa loop by going up Jones creek, pinkerton, to elbert creek road, then out 578 to hermosa. You ever do this loop? I can go slow and steady and endure some pain, but is this one where I'll get out in the middle somewhere and say "WTF am I doing!"

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    The ride you are looking for in this area of the valley is called "Jones-Dutch".
    Basically, you're going to climb up Jones Creek trail to Pinkerton Flagstaff. PF is a mixed bag of tech downhills and hike-a-bike climbs (due mostly to motos fuking up the trail). Get off PF at Dutch Creek and descend the sweet 7miles down to the lower section of Hermosa Creek trail which will take you directly back to your car.
    Forget the forest service roads unless you're riding Blackhawk or one of the other rides on the north end of the Hermosa Creek drainage.
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    cool. thanks for the route suggestion.

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