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Old 07-12-2014, 01:08 PM   #1
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Toughest trails in Colorado??

I'm looking to go camping next weekend and hoping to find some trails that will test my sanity and also have the potential of producing tears inside my helmet. I couldn't find a thread on here and have been on thumpertalk. They have good info just seems to be a little dated.

Ideas I've recieved are Taylor Park area(star trail). Pitkin area(s. quartz and horeshoe trail) Never been to any of these areas so I have no idea of their difficulty level or lack there of. Just looking for insight and/or input about these or any others some of you may have ridden. Preferably something within 4 hours or so of Denver.

Thanks in advance...
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Old 07-12-2014, 01:34 PM   #2
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Left Hand Canyon near Boulder.... I have heard some horror stories... um, no thanks
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Old 07-12-2014, 01:42 PM   #3
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Left Hand Canyon near Boulder.... I have heard some horror stories... um, no thanks
I've heard of spruce gulch in Left hand but I think that area is still closed down
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Old 07-12-2014, 04:18 PM   #4
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Old 07-12-2014, 04:21 PM   #5
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enduro-ince to the San Juan's nasty trail telephone....
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Old 07-12-2014, 05:28 PM   #6
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Horseshoe, Greens, Agate Creek, Star, Timberline. They all have their moments, but I think Horseshoe has the highest overall difficulty of the trails I've rode. Tough on a dirt bike, easy on a trials bike.
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Old 07-12-2014, 05:38 PM   #7
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Horseshoe, Greens, Agate Creek, Star, Timberline. They all have their moments, but I think Horseshoe has the highest overall difficulty of the trails I've rode. Tough on a dirt bike, easy on a trials bike.
Kind of on the line with the feedback I've been getting. Thx 2whlrcr in Iowa....... I was born and raised in Fort Dodge
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Old 07-12-2014, 07:38 PM   #8
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Star is BAD

Over the last 10 years I have ridden most of the trails mentioned above. Star will give anyone who is not a regular on the endure cross circuit a real workout. The most difficult in the area may be 5 miles of hell. I know it is in Utah, but those of us who are trail fanatics live in western CO.
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Old 07-12-2014, 08:05 PM   #9
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enduro-ince to the san juan's nasty trail telephone....
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Old 07-12-2014, 08:21 PM   #10
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The hardest Trails in CO that I have come across are near Dolores, CO. You can do a loop with Little Bear, which may be the toughest trail I have ever done, Rough Canyon and Ryman trail. All three are short, but very hard. Unlike a lot of very hard trails, these actually are fun. Fun in a sick way, but still super fun. Give em a go and report back.
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:27 PM   #11
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Spend the morning going up Rough Canyon, over to Little Bear down to Bear Creek. Head up the highway a little to Priest Gulch to Calico, go out and back taking Calico back to the south trailhead. That should provide some good challenge for you...
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:58 PM   #12
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Spend the morning going up Rough Canyon, over to Little Bear down to Bear Creek. Head up the highway a little to Priest Gulch to Calico, go out and back taking Calico back to the south trailhead. That should provide some good challenge for you...
Got a ride report link for any of that? I am curious.
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Old 07-13-2014, 07:46 AM   #13
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Alpine Trail always a delight. See http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=134174
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:05 AM   #14
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Over the last 10 years I have ridden most of the trails mentioned above. Star will give anyone who is not a regular on the endure cross circuit a real workout. The most difficult in the area may be 5 miles of hell. I know it is in Utah, but those of us who are trail fanatics live in western CO.
Star E-W isn't so bad, IMHO. There are a few switchbacks W-E that are gnar, but if I recall some link-brick things (erosion control) have been placed which made it way easier the last time I was there.
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:08 AM   #15
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For me two that stand out are Tanner Trail (near Canyon City) and Mt. Rosa (above Captain Jacks near Pikes Peak). Mt. Rosa is officially my "angry trail."
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