there is plenty of single track to ride out there, one must do his own research and compare maps to make everything work. a GPS also helps in this matter.Stradissimo said:I have some friends that did it. They didn't have fun.
1. They expected singletrack, didn't get much.
2. They didn't test ride their bikes enough with the weight of their travel gear. They had all their gear in backpacks and on those racks that attach to the seatpost. Weighed down, their bikes were so tail heavy they could barely keep the front wheel on the ground.
3. They under estimated the amount of time it would take to "clean up" the huts in the morning. There is actually a fairly long checklist of stuff you have to do before you can ride off.
4. They under estimated the effects of the altitude. You'll spend lots of time above 10000 feet They showed up from 700 feet and went straight into the mountains. They got headaches the first day that didn't go away.
5. They weren't mentally prepared for the daily rain showers.
In the end, it ended up feeling like a death march to them. In my estimation the things that beat them down were the evil handling bikes, and the expectation of riding stuff like the Hermosa Creek Trail and getting dirt roads.
Try not to repeat their mistakes.
What about a water filter? Aren't there any stream crossings along the way?washedup said:one thing that got us down, was that you could go a couple days without having a source of water to wash in. makes it hard to get into bad when your legs are covered with dust. there is water at the huts, but that is for drinking only. resist temptation to wash w/ it. those huts dont get stocked everyday and there could be serious trouble if a group got to a hut and no water was there.
on some days there are stream crossings, but on others there are not. i carried 100 oz of water a day and was fine. just pre hydrate before leaving in the mornings and conserve during the day. i liked my set up with 80oz on the back and a water bottle. i would casually drink from my pack, but i knew that when that was empty, i really needed to be careful how i drank. some guys in our group used iodine tablets. one guy had a filter, but it malfunctioned.rippling over canyons said:What about a water filter? Aren't there any stream crossings along the way?
Hey washedup,washedup said:...we purchased some lat 40 maps and found some single track the first day as well as some other routes.
looks like the ones. i am not the one i possesion of them, but they look right. i can give you some info on the routes we took if you like.kbabin said:
That would be cool, but we aren't doing the trip until 2007. So, I don't have the info from Sanjuan Huts...washedup said:looks like the ones. i am not the one i possesion of them, but they look right. i can give you some info on the routes we took if you like.
they tow those huts out each winter so the location for some may change over the course of the next year. san juan huts provided us some alternate routes in the huts, but most of those were in case of rain or if you wanted to ride road for a day. i think we only did our own thing on day 1 and day 7. day 1 we took a shuttle to Little Molas Lake and hopped on the CT which dumped us out 2 miles (as the crow flies) from the first hut on a fire road. there we took a left on the fire road and followed that around to the right. a GPS is your friend here matching the que sheet up to our own routes. that ride i belive was around 35miles and we under estimasted the time needed and the effects of the altitude of day 1. bolam pass is at 13,000' if im not mistaken, and coming from below sealevel, we were not on top of our game. we got in around 10PM that night.kbabin said:That would be cool, but we aren't doing the trip until 2007. So, I don't have the info from Sanjuan Huts...