This past weekend I joined some great friends for a Colorado mountain bike trip. We spent time in Crested Butte and other surrounding areas. The trip was filled with high mountain rides, great company, and beautiful views. The climbs were long and the descents a combination of awesome and challenging!
Reno Flag Bear Deadman Trail – Garmin Data
Taking a break we meet a local.
Our Condo in Crested Butte was great!
Dr. Park Trail – Garmin Data
This year I rode all the way from the bottom to the top. The climb starts on tarmac, turns into a dirt road, then double track, and lastly single track.
This creek crossing is where we started riding up last year after taking a shuttle. It was really cool to be there again.
After the climb to the top you transverse through some woods until the decent starts.
The last section of Dr. Park is more arid and filled with fun switchbacks and tech.
After riding that night I joined a friend to take some pictures in the mountains. The first and last picture of this post come from setups like this.
Monarch Crest Trail – Garmin Data
The Monarch Crest ride was amazing and brutal. The ride starts at over 11,000 feet of elevation and was just under 30 miles and 3,300 feet of climbing. The ride was filled with riding above the treeline and technical descents. I found new meaning to the word bonking on this ride.
The views were stunning!
The descents were really fun!
I found myself in trouble during a quick wiggle during a fast section and I donated a touch of blood to Colorado.
Kenosha To Georgia Pass – Garmin Data
This was the last and biggest ride of the trip. I took a bail out after descending Georgia Pass. The climb up to Georgia Pass was the biggest climb I’ve ever done and the descent was the most technical and hardest trail I’ve ever seen.
We grabbed lunch on the top of a rock half way up to Georgia Pass.
The view from Georgia Pass was vast and impressive!
The descent (at least the parts I didn’t walk) were great!
The trip was tough and really enjoyable! I can’t wait to go back to Colorado!