Haven't been out that way. Assuming it's good but just want a confirmation for riding tomorrow. Thanks
I rode the S-Mtn and little Rainbow trails a couple weeks ago and they were fine. I don't know what it would be like to go higher though. The dry side of the valley might be good to a certain elevation but you probably can't go much higher up the bigger mountains to the west before you get snow.Haven't been out that way. Assuming it's good but just want a confirmation for riding tomorrow. Thanks
Yes, there's a dirt road that goes to the top of cottonwood, so it can be shuttled, but the ride up isn't that bad, even on a larger bike with bigger gears... suck it up buttercup and loop it.
They're doing lots of trail/re-route work on cottonwood, but the standard is still open and riding great right now
I ride this loop once or twice a year. Ute trail (175) is just a county road. It's nothing exciting and a bit of a grind, but it gets you the vertical. I occupy myself enjoying the scenery of the arroyo the road goes through. There isn't much vehicle traffic but you proably will encounter a car/truck or three. Once you turn off and go toward the top of Cottonwood it's still a road but a bit more primitive. You may run into cows. It's very pretty back up in there with occasional views of the Arkansas valley. The higher points of the ride my still have a little snow or mud, but if there's any at all I can't imagine it being a major issue.Yes! After looking more at the map yesterday, it looks like maybe a 6.5 mi ride up from town, avg grade of 5%... probably worth riding it!
Latest idea... ride form town, up North Backbone trail to dirt road 175, then continue 4ish miles up 175 to the top of cottonwood, and descend back down! Then play around on the lower s-mtn trails, etc.
Give me a sense of how gnarly cottonwood descent is.... how does it compare to Dr's Park, 401, Horsethief or Eagle's wing?
No-go now, but might be good in a few weeks when we are going as highs look to be in the 50's. At least for the S mtn trails. Thanks for that link, I'll keep an eye on it.