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    Archuleta<<<Rewind<<<

    What a fantabulous day! We had a tough crew yesterday ...and it went with the territory. No one tracked this ride, and Gregg will swear that he wasn't even breathing hard, but I wanna say close to 4000' and roughly 27 miles. It felt like it.

    The nitty gritty:

    I think that I liked the ST to access the upper double track...YMMV. If you like pain, then the double track is the way to go. It has all of the steepness of the ST, but it's buffed out and every single bit of it is rideable...if you dare! That's what makes it tough. Your not fooled into thinking that you can clean the sections on the ST You can burn yourself out quick on the DT.

    Anyway, I was in no way disappointed. The ride is just as spectacular
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    That looks great!

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    Sooooo....

    After you top out coming up and over a tall saddle, the Archuleta Valley really opens up. You quickly make your way down to where the ST meets TR124 and still continue to climb to the upper meadow.

    Stunning views were on the menu
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    Natural features...

    There's a lot on this ride!
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    Guns

    I am not a big fan of guns, but when your in such a remote area, WTH
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    Appreciation

    This truly is gods country.
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    Great pics Bryan. Thanks for such a fun day. My legs feel it today.

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    Damn B, It looks like it was a great time. I wish I could've talked myself into making the trek up there.
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    27 miles. It felt like twice that. But well worth it. Definitely the toughest 27 miles I've ridden. Thanks for guiding Brian.

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    Nice pics. Was hoping to see if you made it up closer to any of the fall that were there last year.

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    Gregg, thanx for coming out. Always good to hang with the northerners. Time to bust out the skis,,,eh?

    Eric, yes, you missed a fantastic ride. There's always next year!

    Pat, again I thank everyone that showed up. I really enjoyed to company and I especially got a kick out showing you guys /gals a little taste of heaven.

    Crux, what fall?

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    Feelin Blue

    Climbing with the hunters


    Eyes up here!


    Railing the double-track



    lots of water & mud


    Up & Over


    Hike-a-bike conga line


    Onto the single-track


    Some switch-backs


    Last light
    See the trails, be one with FOO-MTB.
    Slow-core. -.. .-. .. -. -.- .... --- -- . -... .-. . .--

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    Man those pics are great. I really need to get myself a better camera. Thanks again y'all it was a great day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric B
    Damn B, It looks like it was a great time. I wish I could've talked myself into making the trek up there.
    Yeah me too. Did you get the sand out of there?

    I would have loved to do this ride, instead I pushed my bike up the steepest frikkin moto trail you ever seen. But there was some DH involved...

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    The ride is not that difficult to navigate. You can explore and never get the feeling that your "lost". At any time you can climb to a high point to get your bearing. Once you find the ST (Chama River Trail) above the fallen debris field it becomes pretty obvious. I could get you directions if your not adventurous enough.

    I would love to see more bikers on this trail. It gets so beaten by horses. Matter of fact almost everyone we ran into were pretty stunned that we would "ride" this stuff.

    "I've been coming out here for 10 years and I ain't never seen no bikers"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn. Biker123
    Crux, what fall?
    Doh typo on my part. Was thinking waterfalls.

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    Not yet. It is quite a journey, and steep as hell! One of these days though.

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    Looks like an awesome ride. Definitely on the list for next year. Add in the CDT trails that DaGoat has posted about and it will be and epic weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jemezc
    Looks like an awesome ride. Definitely on the list for next year. Add in the CDT trails that DaGoat has posted about and it will be and epic weekend.
    There are at least a hundred or so miles of trails that I know about up there. I'm going on year two and still have a few "todo's".

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    Perfect place for some bike camping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crux
    Perfect place for some bike camping.

    I thought so too! Perfect, as long as its not hunting season.

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    Sweet pics, looks like I need to get up north and ride.
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    Looks like you guys got in the last tracks up there. Looking at the radar, there is lots of snow in the high country up there. Looks like even the Sandias may have got some on top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbike52
    Looks like you guys got in the last tracks up there. Looking at the radar, there is lots of snow in the high country up there. Looks like even the Sandias may have got some on top.
    It was a great summer....
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    It was a great summer for mtbiking. Lots of miles, some new drops and logs under my belt. Its not over yet

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