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    Riding up to 14K feet

    Wanted to share our trip to Mt Evans this past summer. I figured it would be a good share to start me off in this forum. My friend Carlos is an avid bike rider. This guy will put in 70miles one day and get up the next day and put in another 70miles.

    He had never been up to 14K feet to I told him, well why dont we just ride to the top of Mt Evans here in Colorado? It shoudl be fun I said............. Lol. At first I had told him well we can park at summit Lake and bike 4 miles up to the top parking lot. When I told him 4 miles he just laughed. So then I said, ok lets start from Echo Lake and make it a 30 mile Round trip. He seemed to like that idea a little more.

    We met up at Idaho Springs at 6am and had some breakfast. We started peddaling at 7:30am





    It was a bit chilly, around 40 degrees when we started heading up but once the sun came out it was very nice.

    Finally getting a view of our goal, first thing I thought was ... Holy Crap is that snow?









    The 1st part of the trip was done. We had done the 1st 9 miles up to Summit Lake.... Only 5 more miles to go, should be easy right? I wont lie that last mile kicked my @$$ !!







    More views from the road to Summit Lake.





    Only 3 miles to go!



    Carlos getting to the summit Parking lot





    Woo Hoo we made it !!







    Views from the summit






















    After we rested for about 30 minutes we headed back down..... Ohh man it was so amazing! 15miles of pure downhill. I could see the hate of people walking down the mountain when I was just cruising down in my bike at moments not even holding the handlebars, just sitting there enjoying the views.... Lol

    Got to Summit Lake in 20min and down to Echo in 1hr








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    Great stuff!

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    Chalk one up for rim brakes at altitude!
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    Dang, good job. I have trouble putting one foot in front of the other at that elevation. Awesome picture of the mtn goat, too. Bet he bums cigarettes off the tourists and makes them pay for picturesque poses. Now tell your friend to ditch the gorgeous road bike & go hit some dirt! He has the leg and lung conditioning all ready to go to ride some trails.
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    Aloha, great stuff. Rode up there a few years back as well (on my mountain bike like you did). Great accomplishment.

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    Pretty amazing!
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    Wow breathtaking views!

    Love that goat!

    The payoff is the ride down.... weeeee!
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    Very cool outing, but what's all that black stuff on the ground?

    White Mountain Peak in CA will put you above 14 on all dirt with no cars. What other fourteeners can be MTB'ed off? Are there any?

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by She&I View Post
    ...What other fourteeners can be MTB'ed off? Are there any?
    Pikes Peak
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    In Colorado most 14ers are in Wilderness areas, meaning the only way to access them is hiking.

    Pikes Peak is also a good one, but Im leaving that one last. Ive hiked 15, 14ers. about 29 more to go.

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    Mt Bross, Mt Lincoln, Mt Antero can all be ridden to or almost to the summits on jeep roads.

    Pike Peak is a graded dirt/semi paved rd. You can also ride the Barr trail up/down Pikes peak.

    Tom Danielson holds the Mt Evans hillclimb record of 1:41:20. That's from Idaho Springs. 27 miles 6700' climbing.

    I try to do it every year but have lamed out the last couple.

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    Mt Bross is technically closed to the public, but yes people do still climb it all the time.

    Holy crap... 1:41....!!! Thats amazing!

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    For sure, when I rode it, took me a few hours to ride up and I think about 45 minutes to haul it down. The views were amazing! I have to go and look for pictures.

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    Post them up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm View Post
    Pike Peak is a graded dirt/semi paved rd. You can also ride the Barr trail up/down Pikes peak.
    BTW, the Pikes Peak Highway is paved all the way to the summit now.

    Nice pics!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlakoGT View Post
    Post them up!
    These were from my trip to Breck in 2008. In my earlier post I said it took 45 minutes, I think it was more like 20 minutes. Ooops. All in all, it was a great ride.

    The drive out from Breckenridge.
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    The start by the sign.
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    Wildlife beside the road.
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    More wildlife beside the road (I think).
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    The climb, it just keeps going and going.
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    We just keep cranking along...........
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    The views just keep getting better and better.
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    We eventually make it to the top. The requisite group picture.
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    A panoramic from the top.
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    And dinner afterwards. YUM!!
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    Great pics guys!

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    thats the highest paved road in north america (mt evans). Nice work. Lots of goats on that road......

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmats View Post
    We eventually make it to the top. The requisite group picture.
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    Hey, it's the BC Crew! I'm sure the collection included a summit photo of Bob's ass. I'm glad you kept that one to yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimN View Post
    Hey, it's the BC Crew! I'm sure the collection included a summit photo of Bob's ass. I'm glad you kept that one to yourself.
    Yup, I restrained.

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    We are luckily in So-Cal to have a legal dirt access to the 14,246ft White Mountain to pedal up.
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    I rode Mt Evans in 1985 during a trancontinental trip from Seattle to Georgia. Okay, we stashed all our camping gear at Echo Lake so we didn't climb to the summit with fully loaded touring bikes - but we did pedal up every one of those 14,264 feet since we had dipped our wheels in the Pacific Ocean at Copalis Beach a few weeks earlier!

    Thanks for posting this thread. The pics bring back some good memories...

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    Wow... that must of been a great trip. You should post up a trip report on it or share a link if you already have one.

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    The fun way off Pike's Peak.





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    Aloha, so there is a trail coming down Pike's Peak? I heard over the years it was not rideable or legal.

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