January in Colorado!
January 27th? Really? Well, I guess this is the future of Winter in Colorado. In my almost eight years of living here, I cannot remember North Table Mountain being this dusty in the middle of Winter. I'm not complaining. It's beautiful. I just want to know if I should start buying my beach front furniture now.
It did provide a great opportunity to show off the new trails. Now there are nearly 14 miles of dirt, right out of my driveway.
<a href="http://www.schnauzers.ws/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/P1020280.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-1844" alt="P1020280" src="http://www.schnauzers.ws/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/P1020280-800x508.jpg" width="800" height="508" /></a>
The new trails provide a much more "relaxed" ride up than the old service roads. It's actually a very enjoyable climb. I just have to get used to riding things in the opposite direction that I have done for years.
<a href="http://www.schnauzers.ws/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/P1020265.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-1845" alt="P1020265" src="http://www.schnauzers.ws/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/P1020265-800x543.jpg" width="800" height="543" /></a>
Taking it all into view.
<a href="http://www.schnauzers.ws/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/P1020270.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-1847" alt="P1020270" src="http://www.schnauzers.ws/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/P1020270-800x515.jpg" width="800" height="515" /></a>
The new North Table Loop trail. A lot of hard work went into making this happen. They had to move boulders so that they wouldn't slide down to houses below.
<a href="http://www.schnauzers.ws/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/P1020269.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-1846" alt="P1020269" src="http://www.schnauzers.ws/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/P1020269-800x480.jpg" width="800" height="480" /></a>
I was playing around with some filters and brought back a little 1970's 35mm action. *I miss my old OM 10.
<a href="http://www.schnauzers.ws/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/P1020273f.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-1848" alt="P1020273f" src="http://www.schnauzers.ws/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/P1020273f-800x557.jpg" width="800" height="557" /></a>
This was probably the only time we didn't see anyone else on the trail. *New trails mean more people and it was CROWDED!
<a href="http://www.schnauzers.ws/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/P1020274.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-1849" alt="P1020274" src="http://www.schnauzers.ws/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/P1020274-800x492.jpg" width="800" height="492" /></a>
Yes, January at nearly 7000' above sea level in the Northern Hemisphere. Just plain perfect!
<a href="http://www.schnauzers.ws/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/P1020275.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-1850" alt="P1020275" src="http://www.schnauzers.ws/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/P1020275-800x469.jpg" width="800" height="469" /></a>
Even the climbers were out enjoying the day. It did cause a little bottleneck on the trail below. Kind of like rubbernecking on a freeway, but with a much better view.
<a href="http://www.schnauzers.ws/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/P1020278.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-1853" alt="P1020278" src="http://www.schnauzers.ws/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/P1020278-800x452.jpg" width="800" height="452" /></a>
I wonder what the week will bring?
<a href="http://www.schnauzers.ws/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/P1020276.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-1851" alt="P1020276" src="http://www.schnauzers.ws/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/P1020276-800x506.jpg" width="800" height="506" /></a>
It's going to really suck come summer... when fire season hits.
"Someone must have put alcohol in my beer last night." ~ Mr. Richard Baty, Esq.
We are covered up here in southern CO: Durango. Even Moab has snow so I had to drive to Sedona to find dry dirt and even they had snow on some trails. You're lucky to have dry dirt, but like Nate said, Fire season is going to be rough like last year if conditions stay warm and dry. Last night we received 16" of heavy wet snow in the San Juan's, while Durango got more than 1" of rain. Rain in January?? We just had the coldest weather Durango has seen in 50 years so who knows what the the rest of the season will be like?
Snow baby; winter storm warning today. Cleaned the mud off the fat bike and am ready to get back onto pure, white, clean snow!!! May have to ride Slime Gulch on my lunch break today.
Originally Posted by slimat99
I was in the front range all as last week ... gross.
Craig, Durango CO
"Lighten up PAL" ... King Cage
Ha! My Colorado and your Colorado are far different! I had more than a couple friends go to the Front Range for better weather. It's been super cold on the Western Slope! But now it's raining... In January...
Eat your veggies
Nice pics. Funny that over here in SLC, we've had a solid amount of snow on the ground in the valley since Dec. 24th, with another 4" or so forecast for tomorrow morning. Which is a the longest we've had snow on the ground since we've lived here -- usually the snow is gone with in a few days of the storm.
But last year this time, I was riding dry trails in the foothills and such. Just goes to show, you never know ...
'11 Specialized Enduro Expert for the trails
'13 Felt Z4 for the road
Avalanche warning in the San Juan's right now. Snow is piling up as I type.
I rode Green Mountain yesterday. I'm 39 and have lived in Denver my whole life. I've never seen Green Mountain dry with NO patches of snow anywhere in late January. Denver is getting snow rght now though.
2012 Rumblefish Elite, 2015 Minnesota 2 Fatbike, 2010 Superfly 100 Carbon, 2014 CAAD 10 roadie
Rode Devil's Backbone/Horse Tooth in Fort Collins on Saturday. Came down from Cheyenne. Perfect temp to ride.
Scary, but good dirt lately
This was from Sat deep into Indian Creek
Nice pics Mitch
January in Eastern Colorado. The best slope is a whole different animal.
Nice pics Schnauzers, that is pretty much how the front range looked when I was there last week. Sadly, I didn't have any bike with me
Originally Posted by BeanMan
As Bean suggest, we have slightly different conditions in SW Colorado, arguably the bestern slope. This is in Durango's famous Test Tracks area, at about 7,000'
Craig, Durango CO
"Lighten up PAL" ... King Cage
I rode January 24th & 26th down in Fort Collins/Loveland and was amazed that I was riding, let alone in shorts, in January. The trails up here in southeastern Wyoming are still kinda snowed in, but we definitely haven't gotten the snow that we should've/need to yet. Definitely worrisome for this summer.
Ha, I think I saw you guys headed up Cottonwood Canyon when I was waking the dogs with my wife. It was crowded, but then again... 60 and sunny does that.
The new trails out there are a definite improvement in the fun climbing department - much appreciated.
As I'm sure you know, it now looks like this... much less crowded though.
It was a busy day on the mountain. I think we chatted a bit, then again it's what makes my hour long rides into three hours. South Table is undergoing a retro-fit starting this year.
Originally Posted by Pisgah2000
Right on! Glad to see the pics!
Do you guys do group rides up there or in the area often?
Originally Posted by schnauzers
New trails on South Table Mountain sound like fun.
awesome pics. definitely want to take a trip to colorado for about 2 weeks to hit some trails in the truck and mountain bike!
That is how Northern Utah looked like last winter, looks like be are back to normal this year and getting lots of snow! I am itching to ride. Looking to go to Southern UT soon.
I gave you grief about not wanting your Cal pictures of warmth and green until I saw some white ranch snow pics, you come back and bring the weather with you. It's all your fault you know.
Originally Posted by Hernando Gutierrez