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Old 12-12-2013, 07:47 AM   #1
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Soliciting ideas from 950/990 owners:

What would be good roads/ jeep roads/ trails to ride on the 990 for good off-road riders. I want something good for the 990(nothing that will make us have to fight the bikes all day but challenging). Rainbow Trail? Sections of it? Access? Gas? Thanks. We'll be staying in Salida and want to go to Great Sand Dunes and thought a trail or two along the way there would be great.
If anyone rides singletrack a lot and knows Colorado, we are types that love Alpine Trail(not Alpine Loop) from Owl Creek Pass to ~ Lake City(on the dirt bikes). I wouldn't get near that on the 990!
Want something fun, scenic(well what isn't there) yet nothing we'd be sorry we tackled. Yeah, i know ....not knowing a rider's true ability is tough to make recommendations but...
Yeah, stop and see the castle, I know....lol.

Alpine Trail on my 520 EXC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40vX...3064BCD8B89CE7
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:09 AM   #2
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You might want to share the time of year you plan on coming, and post this in the Regional section under Rocky Mountains as you will get much better response over there.

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Old 12-12-2013, 08:26 AM   #3
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My bad. Middle of August. I kinda want 950/990 owners responses because in other areas I might get dirt bikers responses or less dirt-worthy bike responses. But I if I don't get much here I will post over there also.
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:03 AM   #4
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Should be able to take the back way up toward buena vista on a big bike. Post I believe aspen Meadows.

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Old 12-12-2013, 04:34 PM   #5
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Should be able to take the back way up toward buena vista on a big bike. Post I believe aspen Meadows.

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That's a good run,,, ends up in the Four Mile area up in BV. Could take a couple detours along the way,,, Chinamans Gulch... doable on a big bike depending on the riders skills. Bald Mountain loop... easy peasy.
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Old 12-12-2013, 06:29 PM   #6
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Thanks. Keep em coming
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Old 12-12-2013, 06:57 PM   #7
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Thanks. Keep em coming

Peruse through here...

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=557461
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:39 PM   #8
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Cottonwood Pass - north and west of Salida... Actually, you could go straight west of Salida, pick up the CO BDR route. The route heads north over Waunita and Cumberland passes to Cottonwood. But don't stop with Cottonwood though, stay on route to the east and pick up Weston Pass as well. Then blast back south from Leadville on slab. I did Weston on a stock BMW F800GS and had no issues. Note that the west side of the pass is the most interesting. East side is just gravel. Cottonwood is a no issues gravel road to the west side, the east side is paved. Please note that I am not sure of the route north of Hwy 50 over Waunita Pass and Cumberland Pass. I wanted to ride those two passes as well, but ran short on time last outing I was on. They are on my list for this summer. (probably do the entire route!)

Also note, the Butler Colorado map (not the CO BDR map) is great for pavement rides - but is also laced with red dash marked off pavement routes. We did a 1000 mile ride and just hooked as many of those as possible together last summer - made for a great ride! Butler states that the red dash routes are great adventure routes, and have had test riders on them. Meaning you shouldn't bump in to motocross sections. I would say they were very truthful about the routes and would recommend any of those marked routes. Mind you, it is off pavement. You still have to ride and watch out - but you won't be fighting the bike all day either. Colorado is a great place to ride. Cheers!
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:49 PM   #9
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W/NW of Salida: Tomichi, Hancock, Tincup. Mirror Lake, Alpine Tunnel, Frenchies for a burger & pie! It's a great area to have a blast in w/ beautiful views below the Collegiate peaks. If you get to St. Elmo/Taylor, head up the back side of Cottonwood, like someone earlier said. Then proceed to wail on your tires towards Buena Vista. WooHoo! Sounds like you are probably familar w/ this area already and may have ridden these...no new news here.

East of Salida: If you head to the dunes, be sure to hit Medano Pass if you have not yet. It's a blast! It can be pretty rutted out from 4x4's on the lower sections towards the dunes, but it's a great ride w/ some rocky sections, water crossings, & such.
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:06 AM   #10
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Find one of these: http://www.butlermaps.com/Motorcycle...1/Colorado-Map

very comnprehensive
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:07 AM   #11
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Hagerman Pass.....west of Leadville.
Maybe Kanur will post some pictures with some big bikes.
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:43 AM   #12
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Much better help here than in the Regional forum although I'm getting some nice replies and some no so nice suggestions there. What is wrong with people...
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:07 AM   #13
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Hancock Pass --> American Flag Mt --> Crested Butte --> Schofield Pass --> Basalt --> Hagerman Pass --> Salida
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Old 12-13-2013, 09:53 AM   #14
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Schoefield should be interesting to say the least
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:44 AM   #15
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Schoefield should be interesting to say the least
Yellow Pig's route has you going down Schofield- from Crested Butte, coming out in the town of Marble- you'll be fine. I don't recommend taking an Adv up it. It was a struggle on a Super Enduro.
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