23 March 2017

Stardate 2017.225

Colorado Trail Segment 1 — Out and Back
Prepping for the Summer and Ride the Rockies

I had not ridden into the heart of Segment 1 of the Colorado Trail (CT) for quite some time. I had a Tuesday off and decided to give it whirl. I write about the ride up Waterton Canyon to upper Lenny's Bench all the time. Beyond Lenny's exists an entirely different animal. Yes, lots of hike-a-bike down into and up out of aptly named Bear Creek; followed by medieval sections of forest heavy in haunting spirit, a siren if you will.

Segment 1 of the CT is 16.8 miles in length (Kassler start) with an elevation gain of 2,830 feet to the 7,517-foot high point at mile 12.6. I didn't start in Kassler and rode 15.2 miles to the high point. I turned back at the high point. A handful of photos follow — enjoy!

The first 6.7 miles of dirt road parallel the South Platte River, and the road is a service access road for Denver Water. The road also is the roadbed used by the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad, built in 1877.

It's time for some trail.

I'm about to begin the big drop down to Bear Creek from upper Lenny's.

After the decent to Bear Creek, it's time to climb the other side on ball bearing rock.

There was old ice that should be covered by new snow upon reading this post.

Bring on the singletrack. The most difficult climbing was now behind me.

Cathedral Spires (8,520 ft) rise to the west. Yes, there are spires there. The area is closed to rock climbing in the spring for raptor, including Peregrine falcon, nesting.

'Tis the wind season and its aftermath.

This pic kind of shows how large some rock steps were. Upper center is a patch of ice.

This is the flowy descent down into the bowels of Bear Creek.

Stay tuned for more lizarding...


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