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Old 06-08-2013, 08:16 AM   #16
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"Corkscrew on the other hand was gravel, rock, switchbacks and rocky sections not necessarily cut out for big bikes." Excellent Info & I'm in: subscribed....living in the East & heading to the Colorado Passes for the first time in 2014 on a Super Tenere. I'll be interested in your thoughts on trail reports for 800+ pound bikes. I want to do Engineer Pass but will avoid Corkscrew thanks to your report....thinking the way to Engineer Pas for me will be to enter via Silverton & exit to Lake City..what do you think? THANKS
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Old 06-08-2013, 08:51 AM   #17
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kingofZroad[/COLOR];21593963]Wish I'd known you were coming to Montrose, I'd have bought you ANOTHER beer!!!
KingofZroad: Next time I'm taking you up on it! I'm going to have a very hard time staying away from that part of the state, way too much unseen.




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"Corkscrew on the other hand was gravel, rock, switchbacks and rocky sections not necessarily cut out for big bikes." Excellent Info & I'm in: subscribed....living in the East & heading to the Colorado Passes for the first time in 2014 on a Super Tenere. I'll be interested in your thoughts on trail reports for 800+ pound bikes. I want to do Engineer Pass but will avoid Corkscrew thanks to your report....thinking the way to Engineer Pas for me will be to enter via Silverton & exit to Lake City..what do you think? THANKS
Super T: I think you're on the right track, I didn't take the Silverton access but I understand it's easy as pie. If you're coming from the East, I would actually enter at Lake City and work your way around which ever rotation you feel like. It's basically a dirt road that climbs all the way up to Engineer, runs along the river, great views and you shouldn't have any problems w tip overs.

Other tips.. Telluride, hit Telluride. Getting to Telluride: Do some homework on this trail but check out Black Bear Pass road that connects hwy just south of 550 all the way to the back side of Telluride. I'ts a seasonal and single lane directional trail(not because it's too small for bikes, it's too small for two jeeps to fit past each other.) It drops you right into the town center of Telluride. The other option is to take Ophir Pass road which is a stupidly gorgeous, and big bike friendly trail that will drop you off right next to Tel as well. Go to Tel, get pizza and brown dog, drink beer, flirt with the waitstaff, I recommend it.

Other other tips.. This is a biggy here so I've got my serious face on.. go here..

Sawpit



Find this road 58P out of Sawpit


It'll take you straight up the mountain on easy switchbacks, keep going till you hit Last Dollar Road, hang a right and be ready to poop your pants. Probably the most scenic road I've seen outside of Ireland. Two other bonuses, you have cell phone reception so you can antagonize your friends with pictures on facebook, use your google maps to zoom in on trails in the area and call my mom.. the other is there's some of the most majestic camping spots you'll see in years scattered all over the place. Free camping, legal, fire pits and all, I just can't vouch for availability on weekends as I only saw it on the weekdays which was absolutely vacant. Hope this helps with your future ride and keep me posted when you're riding through
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Old 06-08-2013, 10:42 AM   #18
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Colorado has amazing scenery!
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Old 06-08-2013, 11:48 PM   #19
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Do they still have the Pikes Peak Hillclimb there in Colorado? I heard the course will be 100% tarmac from bottom to top in 2012 instead of 50% tarmac and 50% dirt. If the tarmac was carried out, how has this effected the race?
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:14 AM   #20
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I did the UTBDR last month and am doing the COBDR next month. Much of what you mention is on that route including corkscrew.
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:05 AM   #21
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Black Bear Pass

Did the homework on Black Bear, sounds like hairy switchbacks & rock ledges with 1,000 foot drop offs??? Maybe a little to much for a heavy bike like mine??? but on the other hand a 1,000 feet should be plenty for a parachute to open
Won't be entering Colorado from the East but from the North after the Dalton HWY. This will be a 6 to 8 month trip starting in March. Taking the Southern route to San Diego to visit my old ship (USS Midway 1973-1975, http://www.midway.org/ ) , PCH North..got any suggestions for CA, big state & I don't want to miss a thing!!! Planning on hitting Alaska June/July time-frame & Colorado August/September, but hard to figure where/when we'll be until we actually get out therebut figure we can spend at least a month in Co alone!!! Just added Ophir Pass & the Last Dollar Road to my list. Looking forward to more of your ADV PICS/ROADS & loving them.....I'm busting to get out there
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:38 AM   #22
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Black Bear Pass

Subscribed. I did Black Bear Pass last summer on a KTM 450xc. If you did Engineer Pass on that rig you'll be fine, but "the steps" section on Black Bear will be different. You'll know them when you see them. I walked it down 2/3 of that section, puss that I am. Looking fwd to hearing your experience.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:09 AM   #23
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Beautiful pics and a great place

Love Colorado, I don't have many adventure experiences, however I have been to CO a few times (not on a bike). Once in July and once in January for snowboarding and absolutely loved it both times.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:10 AM   #24
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:05 AM   #25
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Edmond Dantès:Not sure about that one, anyone else know anything?

Britome: I need to check that out, I loved their trail choices in UT. I need to check out CO. I'll be curious to see who they did w corkscrew, parts of that trail were a pain in the ass.

SuperT: Sounds like Black Bear is a horrible idea.. As seen below, if anyone has to walk a KTM down anything, think twice about it. I'm going to hit it with my jeep in a couple weeks and scout it. The views are supposed to be worth the near certain death.

BayRocket: Good friggin input.. I've ridden KTMs, if you had to walk that thing down anything, I'd probably be doing cartwheels on the GS, it ain't that kind of beast.

805Gregg: I'm all over it, I'll be doing a big push to cover as much ground as I can once the Aspens turn.
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:07 AM   #26
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Telluride

07:00
I wake up on a couch that I don't remember laying down on. My eyes are sprained and I my teeth feel a little soft. Wait, I remember this feeling.... This is why I don't mix alcohol... Last thing I remember I was shoveling cold spaghetti in my face like my own survival depended on it and drinking with these jerks...


On further inventory, my right arm is sore from arm wrestling, the right side of my body is bruised from falling out of a golf cart and it tastes like a cat shit in my mouth from cigars.. What a night.

A few of the guys rode and pointed me in the direction of Telluride as a place worth seeing. They rattled off Black Bear pass and Ophir pass as must do's so after sleeping in till 11:00, I finally stumble out the door.

Telluride






Obligatory traffic jam to pull over and take pictures of the Elk herd.


Still feeling like a sad sack I stop off and grab lunch at Telluride Bistro. The food server gal starts asking me questions about what I'm up to and where I'm headed. She mentions she had a dirtbike as well and said there's a bunch of trails close by worth seeing. She mentions Ophir Pass which I already knew about and also mentions her personal favorite scenic route, Last Dollar road out of Sawpit. Last Dollar it is.













Drove through yet another patch of dense Aspens into a clearing, God I love this state..








The view from being out on this little point with a drop on all sides but behind you was pretty spectacular, difficult to truly capture with a camera(or iphone). I spent an hour here sending picture messages to everyone I know. Love this road.




Continuing on.. As I gain in elevation, I see more and more primitive camp sites between the trees. Talk about a stellar place to camp.










At this point I had to make a decision. The sun was getting low, I could either camp here in what would be up there on my list of epic camp sites, or push on and try to scramble over Ophir pass to catch a sunset and roll the dice on where to camp.. Can't help it. On the Ophir.



Cool trail. The trail starts off of Hwy 145 going south out of town, County Road 630 climbs though the little town of Ophir on the way to Ophir pass. Odd little town, obscene beauty on all sides, all the roads are dirt, it feels very remote yet there's quite a community of houses. Children at play signs everywhere and from a windshield survey I'd say the people in town are reasonably young. I'm guessing this is where the regular folk live that work in Telluride that can't afford the celebrity prices of living in town. Cool place, although I don't think they like two wheeled tourists, I got the stink eye from the only people I saw walking around.

The road narrows and becomes progressively less maintained, and with progressively better views.






The Pass






Stayed for the sunset and made a run for Hwy 550 on the other side.


By the time I made it back to 550 I was both out of time, out of energy and not feeling the idea of setting up camp in the freezing dark. I pussed out and headed back to Ouray to grab a room, grab a Guiness at O'Brien's Pub and pass the hell out.



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Old 06-10-2013, 12:13 PM   #27
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Glad to see such great results with a 4S. Looking forward to more.

These places are on my near future to go, see, ride list.
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:29 PM   #28
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Simply beautiful! I have to get out there this summer. I'd like to move there. Thanks for the pics!
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:40 PM   #29
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Holy Schnikies. Those are the best photos I have ever seen on ADV. Well done. I bought and watched the COBDR DVD and "corkscrew" was an appropriate name for the pass. That being said, I'm not too freaked out after having seen it. We will see when we are live and in person. I trailer out from Cincinnati exactly one month from today with 4 other dudes.
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:10 PM   #30
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Subscribed. I have yet to make it to the SW part of the state, but now it is on the list!
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