The Goat's Weeee Little Fall Foliage Ride

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50 miles, almost 10,000 ft of climbing all at elevations above 10,000 ft.

Scenic singletrack can only be a summary of this ride. 45 miles of singletrack and 5 miles of dirt road grinders made this ride as Home Grown described, "the one that takes the cake."

Drog, Slow and Home Grown joined me for the adventure. We started earlyish, around 7:45 am at the Kenosha Trailhead.

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We ran into a few riders on the trail and when they asked where we were going and I told em French Pass, they were baffled. Some knew the pass but couldn't figure out my mostly singletrack route, others didn't know the pass at all and later both Drog and Home Grown commented they wouldn't be able to find the route unless they rode it a couple of times. Ah, I like these types of rides.

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Kenosha Pass> Georgia Pass> The American Flume> Little French Gulch> French Pass> Georgia Pass> Jefferson Creek> Kenosha Pass

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Breaking treeline, the weather was perfection all day.

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Mt. Guyot serves as the backdrop and is the mountain that we would eventually circumnatigate

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the Talas of the American Flume clinked and shifts as Drog makes his way across the traverse

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Looking back down the Breckenridge side of French Pass

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and dropping down the South Park side

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From the bottom we climbed up a 4 mile gravel road to the top of Georgia Pass and another 200 ft or so of elevation gain got us to the tip top of what most mountain bikers call Georgia Pass on the Colorado Trail.

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The snow drifts on the top of Jefferson Creek never dissapear before the next winter's storm buries them again. A quiet reminder of how little a year we get to ride the fine trails of the high country.

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Within a mile or so Jefferson Creek drops into the forest canopy and becomes an east coast style downhill full of roots and rocks, mud, and creek crossing with log bridges. This is my home style turf and even after 40 + miles I was ripping through this fine piece of trail

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Back to the Colorado Trail where we zipped in and out of the aspens..too much fun

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and finally our day ended with just enough sun to light the empty trail

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with that, I leave you with a week of blog silence. Big Ring, Curvy Boy and Dicky all fly in tomorrow night and I'll give them Wednesday to build bikes, acclimate, and ride some local terrain while I work and Thursday morning we leave for the "Mancation". 1st stop will be in Vail to ride Two Elks and from there we head to Moab then to Fruita and eventually back to Golden where the final stop will be determined by how much we fry our legs and the weather. It's gonna be a rad trip. Weeeeeeee!!!

2 comments:

  Carl

September 27, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Thanks for the great pictures!

  Pablo

September 27, 2011 at 11:52 AM

That looks like an awesome ride, sorry I missed it(insert excuses here). An plans for CB? I'm going to give the classic another go this weekend. Even if/when it hurts, it is going to be spectacular with the foliage.