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Old 03-10-08, 11:43 AM   #1
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Colorado trail guides?

I have two questions. Only one is bike related.
So, I moved to Colorado back in April and have been mostly road biking. I have the DBTC map and it's pretty good. I bought a new mountain bike recently and am looking for some trails to ride. Can someone recommend a good map or web site where I can find some good trails and descriptions?
Now my second questions is like my first except it pertains to Hiking. I'm looking for some good hiking trail guides. NoT day hiking, more like 3 or 4 day overnight hikes. I moved here from RI and have some really good books for New Hampshire, Vermont, Mass. The AMC trail guides and maps are very descriptive, listing terrain, mileage, tent sites, water sources. It's really easy to plan out a multi day hike.
I'm looking for the same type of thing for Colorado.
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Check your local library. Check your local REI store or outdoor store or bookstore. Check the bookstores at national parks/ monuments if you're close to one. Lots of info out there for Colorado.
When we lived in Fort Collins, the Forest Service office there had a lot of hiking info- that's been several years, though; it may be online now.

Also look at the "climbing" books. I've got a little book by Gerry Roach on Classic Hikes and Climbs in Rocky Mountain National Park. I'm not a climber, but that book includes a lot of walk-up routes as well, and is handier than it first appears.
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Lots of books will fill your needs - REI is a great suggestion.

A few of suggestions for areas/routes:
Start in Waterton Canyon near Chatfield Reservoir on the eastern end of the CO trail and hike it to Copper Mountain. You can do postal food drops along the way to lessen your load.

Map out a 10th Mountain Hut system route that'll take advantage of the luxuries of hut camping. I really like this because you can travel a little lighter and rest in luxury. You can also mountain bike between huts - but you're asking about hiking not biking.

Start in the Aspen area and hike up Castle Creek to the Conundrum Hot Springs. Camp there the first night. Then continue over the pass and down to Crested Butte. Camp there. Hike back the same way for another soak in the springs and then back to Aspen the fourth day.
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Wait until you see the new improved 2008 edition of the DBTC map It was just released

Its now in 4 color vs 2 color
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I have two questions. Only one is bike related.
So, I moved to Colorado back in April and have been mostly road biking. I have the DBTC map and it's pretty good. I bought a new mountain bike recently and am looking for some trails to ride. Can someone recommend a good map or web site where I can find some good trails and descriptions?
Now my second questions is like my first except it pertains to Hiking. I'm looking for some good hiking trail guides. NoT day hiking, more like 3 or 4 day overnight hikes. I moved here from RI and have some really good books for New Hampshire, Vermont, Mass. The AMC trail guides and maps are very descriptive, listing terrain, mileage, tent sites, water sources. It's really easy to plan out a multi day hike.
I'm looking for the same type of thing for Colorado.
On-line: MTBR has lots of suggestions but take the ratings with a grain of salt.

REI carries lots of maps for different areas and activities.

Places that are good for riding include Green Mountain, Mathews-Winters/Hogback trail, White Ranch (although it's not my favorite), South Table Mountain, North Table Mountain, Bear Creek Lake, Bear Creek Park from Wadsworth into the Lake (not steep, not rough but lots of tight trails in the trees). Later in the year, Buffalo Creek, Aldefer-Three Sisters, Elk Meadow, Hall Ranch, Apex and the Argentine Railroad to Waldorf are all good. Fisco to Breckenridge or any number of trails in the Breckenridge area are good in late June.

Epic rides are Monarch Crest, the east portal of the Moffat Tunnel to the west portal and back (long, beautiful and relatively easy.), Rainbow Trail, and many others.

One of my favorite short epic rides isn't even in the mountains. The Picket Wire Canyon far into the southeastern corner of the state is a 17 mile relatively easy ride that takes a minimum of 6 hours to enjoy. What it doesn't have in terms of toughness it more than makes up in terms of stuff to see and do. The main attraction is a dinosaur trackway but it also has ruins of a early 20th Century hispanic settlement, petroglyphs, tarantulas, etc. I've been down there 2 dozen times and I still find new stuff every time I go.









I may have to take you hosers down there next fall
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Just want to add Lair O'Bear, Walker Ranch, Heil Ranch, Betasso (these last three are in Boulder). Also, Centennial Cone, White Ranch, these are in Jeffco as well.

Pick up a front range mountain biking bike at any bookstore. Tons of trails, TONS
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Just want to add Lair O'Bear, Walker Ranch, Heil Ranch, Betasso (these last three are in Boulder). Also, Centennial Cone, White Ranch, these are in Jeffco as well.

Pick up a front range mountain biking bike at any bookstore. Tons of trails, TONS

I can pick up a mountain biking bike at any bookstore???



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Barnes & Noble, what's the other one??
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