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Old 08-03-2009, 10:52 AM   #1
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Colorado for a Week

Me and few buddies from Vegas will be in Colorado 8/30 to 9/5. We are on a GS1150 Adventure, GS1200 Adventure, GS 1200 and a KTM 990 Adventure. We will be loaded up for camping most of the time. We will be coming in from Pagosa Springs and working north to Steamboat. The route I had setup includes a bunch of passes that are shown on the "50 Passes in 50 Hours" thread. Here's the list of dirt passes so far:
Corkscrew
Hurricane
California
Engineer
Los Pinos
Cochetopa
Marshall
Old Monarch
Black Sage
Waunita
Cumberland
Tincup
Pearl
Hagerman
Guanella
We need to know what condition the passes are in and if they are doable with loaded up Adventure bikes. Riders are fairly skilled on the big bikes. Any input would make our trip much better if we don't have to backtrack if we can't make a pass due to difficulty. Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:15 AM   #2
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This is my opinion based on an 1150 GS with a skilled rider with a light load. If someone thinks that I am off base here speak up. Some of these that I did not comment on because I did them on my 450 and I can not give an accurate assessment because everything is so much easier on that bike.

Hurricane
California
Engineer
Los Pinos
Cochetopa
Marshall
Old Monarch - easy if I remember right
Black Sage - easy
Waunita - easy
Cumberland - easy
Tincup - hard
Pearl - I don't think so
Hagerman - moderate
Guanella - easy
Ophir - moderate
Weston - easy
Boreas - easy
Georga - moderate/hard
Webster - moderate
Mosquito - hard
Black Bear - hard,short, and dangerous
Imogene - hard
Owl Creek - easy
Ohio - easy
Kebler - easy
Hayden - NE to SW moderate/hard, SW to NE plan on sweating and pushing each others bikes
La Salle - easy
Hancock - N to S hard, S to N bring sherpa's I have never done it this direction
Tomichi - N to S moderate they fixed the mudhole (revised Tha Rick is right) the other way is probably hard/moderate

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Old 08-03-2009, 12:52 PM   #3
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:55 PM   #4
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Yep.

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Marshall-easy
Tomichi- hard/moderate both directions...
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:58 PM   #5
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If Pearl is a no go, what about Schofield? Trying to go from Crested Butte to Aspen. Could go Kebler as you say it's easy.
How hard is Tincup? Route is Monarch Pass to Crested Butte via Taylor park Reservoir.
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Old 08-03-2009, 01:05 PM   #6
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If Pearl is a no go, what about Schofield? Trying to go from Crested Butte to Aspen. Could go Kebler as you say it's easy.
How hard is Tincup? Route is Monarch Pass to Crested Butte via Taylor park Reservoir.
One of the cruxier sections of Tin Cup. All kidding aside, this section is a lot steeper than it looks, and that guy (MapRider) paddling his feet is a damn good GS rider:
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Old 08-03-2009, 01:05 PM   #7
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Now that I look at the route more closely, It's not Tincup we'll be doing, it is Cumberland. Thanks for the responses folks.
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One of the cruxier sections of Tin Cup. All kidding aside, this section is a lot steeper than it looks, and that guy (MapRider) paddling his feet is a damn good GS rider:
This looks very doable on my KTM but it's the Beemers I'm worried about!!
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Old 08-03-2009, 01:10 PM   #9
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Route is Monarch Pass to Crested Butte via Taylor park Reservoir.
Maybe:
Black Sage Pass (easy)
Waunita Pass (easy)
Cumberland Pass (easy)
Italian Creek/Dallas Divide/Cement Creek (2 sections - each about a half mile of some pseudo-hard stuff)
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Old 08-03-2009, 01:14 PM   #10
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You guys in CO are friggin' blessed with great riding. There is just so much to see and do. And all awesome. I'd really like to incorporate some good forested two track or maybe some easier singletrack into the mix. Any suggestions?
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