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I'm spoiled.

After a quick drive over 4 passes (Kenosha, Trout Creek, Red Hill, and Cottonwood), Mrs. Debaser and I arrived in Crested Butte, set up camp, and checked out the MTB Hall of Fame on Saturday. After all that, we headed out for a ride.

We ran into a couple from St. Louis who had driven to Crested Butte the day before, who were hitting their first ride in the mountains in a year. We chatted for a few minutes, talking about the rides they had planned for their weeklong vacation. They told me about their big trip last year, to Winter Park, and how much they liked that. Yeah, I told them, I was there last weekend for a quick trip.

Yeah, I'm spoiled.
 

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Lower Lower, and Upper Lower

We did the tourist thing and wandered up and back on Elk Avenue before heading ou for a ride. A quick, easier ride to start things out, up Upper Upper and Lower Upper. The trails were suberb, and the views were stellar.

1. Sometimes choices are easy.
2-4. Utterly distracting views.
5. Splish Splash.
 

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We got back to camp and met our neighbor Alex. Alex lived in CT before losing his job, spending a week driving and playing in Utah in hundred degree temps. He found himself in CB and had settled in for a full week by the time we got there. He was finding it hard to leave, knowing he'd have to get back to the 'real world' and jobs and stress and whatever else. I'm spoiled - we were just in for a quick weekend trip.

After some serious discussion around the campfire it was decided that the three of us would climb to Reno divide, where Mrs D woud turn around. Alex and I would head further out into the Flag/Bear/Deadman's loop.

I've heard about this loop here and there, and it didn't disapoint. After the first climb, we were greeted with a sweet strip of narrow trail, weavng down the valley meadows. Followed by climb #2 of the day.

1. Mrs D climbing
2 -3 The begining of payback - Flag
4. The end of Flag.
 

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Bear

The Bear Creek Trail. Part 3 of the loop stepped up the fun. Every turn was exactly where I expected it. Every apex, every exit, laid out right where the maximum factor dictated. I wasn't riding on the trail, I was IN the trail, a part of it.

No pics until the end because I couldn't bear to break the flow.
 

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Deadman

When we reached Deadman's, it was late, my legs were tired. We looked up the valley, up the climb. The last climb of the day. It wasn't easy, but it was gorgeous. Rolling meadows, and naive trout swimming in the pools of the creek.

I realized that I'm spoiled. All this just over 4 hours from home...
 

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The last descent

Once at the top of Deadman's, trail #420, it's all downhill. I've heard reports of between 20 and 30 switchbacks on this one section of trail. I couldn't begin to count - at the tail end of a long day, I was estatic and tired and in awe of the trail - we dropped from pine forests, through aspens, all on the most technical stretch of trail we'd seen all day. Pictures? No way.. I was too busy.

Back at camp, it was time for my medication, a campfire, and sleep.
 

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Snodgrass

We woke late on Monday, the last day of our quick trip. After tearing down camp, we headed back into town for a last little jaunt in the woods, Snodgrass. Yellow and blue flowers were blooming everywhere on the climb, letting us forget some of how tired we were.
 

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The last of it.

The downhill started down through waist high vegetation, towards the mountain, and then hung a right into the aspens. It was the perfect cap to a perfect weekend.

I don't know if I'm spoiled or lucky, but regardless I'm glad I'm able to take advantage of quick road trips to epic destinations. And to meet great people like that couple from St. Louis and Alex.
 

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Great pics and words............... Inspires me to head over to the US of A to ride, the spring colours of the flowers, snow caps etc. Look stunning......................:)
 

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Debaser said:
The downhill started down through waist high vegetation, towards the mountain, and then hung a right into the aspens. It was the perfect cap to a perfect weekend.

I don't know if I'm spoiled or lucky, but regardless I'm glad I'm able to take advantage of quick road trips to epic destinations. And to meet great people like that couple from St. Louis and Alex.
Great Post. The Pics are awesome. C R E S....(Writing on my to-do list)

Thanks,
 

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Excellent pics! Im just wondering, some of the trails look like they are deep. Almost like little half pipes. The town looks awesome. Love little towns like that.

Shawn
 

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Fantastic passion hit! You're description of the 2nd downhill section of Reno/Flag/Bear/Dead captures it so well. That section of the trail makes all those suffering climbs worth it. FWIW, I think the first rides pics are from Lower Loop and Upper Lower Loop. Upper and Upper Upper are NE of town, right? Thanks for the pics. You're right; those of us here in the Southern Rockies are indeed spoiled to have so many fantastic "destinations" w/in a half day's drive.
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Debaser said:
When we reached Deadman's, it was late, my legs were tired. We looked up the valley, up the climb. The last climb of the day. It wasn't easy, but it was gorgeous. Rolling meadows, and naive trout swimming in the pools of the creek.

I realized that I'm spoiled. All this just over 4 hours from home...
Naive trout are the best, it's much easier to have your way with 'em. You can pull stuff that if you'd tried on some street-wise, school-hardend trout, you'd likely end up getting cut.
 

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Naive trout are the best, it's much easier to have your way with 'em. You can pull stuff that if you'd tried on some street-wise, school-hardend trout, you'd likely end up getting cut.
Yes, and those same naive trout often don't do well in the trials that we mtb'ers so often seem to have to get involved with.

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