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    Mid June too early for CB?

    Flying into GJT June 10th to 20th. I wish it were later but these are the vacation dates I've been dealt. Our tentative plan is to hit up GJ/Fruita, Moab, Durango, and what lies between in that order. Being that a significant portion of the trails on people's top ten are in crested butte I just want to make sure I'm not making a mistake by skipping it. So what do ya say? Should I forgo any of the above and head over to Crested Butte?

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    Hard to say because there's a lot of weather yet to come but you would generally not expect to be able to ride a lot of the trails in CB (or any of the high country towns) in mid June which is usually pretty sloppy in the high country. It varies a lot year to year though so if it's a dry warm spring things may open up quite a bit.

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    Most of the trails that show up in peoples' "Top 10" will likely not be ready to roll by mid-June as zrm has pointed out. Schofield (the start of 401) is reporting over 100" settled snow depth.

    Of course, it could get unusually warm and the spring could be unusually dry... but I wouldn't count on it.

    Oh - Fruita and Moab are likely to be HEINOUSLY hot in mid-June. Just be aware...

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    Oh - Fruita and Moab are likely to be HEINOUSLY hot in mid-June
    I don't know what your definition of heinous is, but this is last year's stats for June, 2010.


    Given the data, June started out with highs in the 70's and the highest high was 101. Widely varied, as with the rest of Colorado.

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    somtin tells me skittles doesn't live to close to CB, but I sure his girlfriend from Canada does.

    Schofield is up at 10,700 and he is right in saying 401, Double Top, Dyke, Reno,Flag,Bear, won't be rideable. If the temps stay the way they are you might be able to ride lower 401 up and back from the trailhead, Deer Creek might be ready, Strand/Ferris Creek might be ready, Hartman's Rocks in Gunni will be going off, up and back on Doctors Park from Taylor might be ridable. You can certainly put together some solid rides.

    Keep an eye on the weather and temps. This however trumps all of what I said... Stay off the trails if they're not ready. A few muddy spots is one thing, but riding trails with snow and long stretches of water on them is not cool, and in CB grounds for floggin or at least having your girlfriend hit on at the Brick... repeatedly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by screampint
    I don't know what your definition of heinous is,
    It's like the Supreme Court on porn - "I can't tell you what it is, but I know it when I see it."



    And while sure, it's possible that it will be perfect weather in mid-June in the desert for riding... I wouldn't count on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SicBith
    somtin tells me skittles doesn't live to close to CB, but I sure his girlfriend from Canada does.

    Schofield is up at 10,700 and he is right in saying 401, Double Top, Dyke, Reno,Flag,Bear, won't be rideable. If the temps stay the way they are you might be able to ride lower 401 up and back from the trailhead, Deer Creek might be ready, Strand/Ferris Creek might be ready, Hartman's Rocks in Gunni will be going off, up and back on Doctors Park from Taylor might be ridable. You can certainly put together some solid rides.
    That's an awful lot of "might be's"... even for you.

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    You say tomato, I say tomato... Wait, that doesn't work so well with the written word....

    I think the point is, June is a transitional month. If it ends up being a cool wet spring, a mix of desert and foothill rides would be best; if it's a hot spring, then the high country comes into play. And what you're used to can be a factor (I'm a desert rat, I can handle heat). Don't you just love Colorado?

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    Quote Originally Posted by screampint
    You say tomato, I say tomato... Wait, that doesn't work so well with the written word....

    I think the point is, June is a transitional month. If it ends up being a cool wet spring, a mix of desert and foothill rides would be best; if it's a hot spring, then the high country comes into play. And what you're used to can be a factor (I'm a desert rat, I can handle heat). Don't you just love Colorado?
    Yes - being a desert rat definitely helps... you can definitely "make do" with June... and being the OP's been "dealt" his vacation, he'll have to make do. Not ideal... but there are definitely worse months to have to vacation here.

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    Well....I have 4 days to myself this spring/summer as my wife and kids take a vacation to her home-town...and it happens to be in early June. It doesn't matter what the weather is (as long as it's not during a monsoon)....I'll be headed to GJ and Fruita to ride on some awesome desert trails. If it's HOT, well, then those post ride refreshments will taste all the better. Can't wait!

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    Thanks for all the good info. I think I'll hold out for a little while on any reservations and see just what the weather brings.

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    Any thoughts on whether Reno/Flag will be dry by June 24th? I know it was completely dry by mid-June last year, but this year is way different.

    Now that I look at the elevations, I'm thinking no way, but I'll leave the question out there.

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    My 2 cents

    If you need to plan in advance, plan for Fruita and Moab. Ya, it might be hot but you can get around that by riding early and up in the La Sal mtns in Moab. I rode CB on July 4th last year and there was still segments of snow (small though) The best ride in Moab, "The Whole Enchilada" should be ready by then. I go to Moab quite a bit and have hit Fruita and Grand Junction up quite a bit. All make for an awesome trip. The Ribbon Trail in Grand Junction connected to the Lunch Loops is an awesome ride. Check out my ride reports to help get a feel for the different rides in those areas and others.

    http://24hrbikeshop.com/Ride_Report.html

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    I'll be in Crested Butte most of the summer and I have friends there now. From what I understand it is and will still be pretty snowed in. With Fruita, Durango, and Moab, you'll have more than 10 days worth of riding to do anyway.

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    According to SNOTEL data, Schofield pass currently has 91 inches of snow.

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