After reaching my goal of skiing 50 days during the 2010-2011 season, I’ve been having a hard time motivating myself to go anymore. I still think about going, and I keep telling myself I’ll go again, but I really don’t know when. The super nice weather isn’t helping much – 75 degree bluebird days just aren’t skiing weather. I’ve been dying to go camping or on a backpacking trip, but unfortunately there’s still too much snow in the mountains.
That means it’s the perfect time to spend the weekends mountain biking. The last few weekends I’ve been doing some variation of this loop.
It’s a really great loop because it can be as long as I want it to be, and it covers all kinds of terrain, from the road to single track. Maybe best of all, I don’t have to drive to get to it. Sunday’s ride was the longest variation I’ve done, and is shown in the GPS track above; a 51 mile loop with ~3000 feet of elevation gain that took about 4.5 hours. the only thing that would make the ride better is if there were more trails and fewer roads. I’ve been looking for ways to do that, but haven’t had much luck.
Also over this last weekend, I rode out-and-back on Westminster’s Big Dry Creek trail, from my apartment to I-25, and back. It’s only ~18 miles, so I added a loop around Standley lake. It’s not a very exciting ride, but I get so bored riding on the street to and from work, it’s a nice change to ride any kind of trail.
The next few weekends I may actually drive out to the foothills and do some biking there. Usually, I don’t like driving to go for a bike ride, but I’m really anxious to get out on singletrack this spring. I think next weekend I’ll head over to the Walker Ranch Loop. A friend and I hiked around it a couple years ago, and it looks like a great place to ride. I might even go crazy and ride all the way to the trailhead, do the loop, and ride home, but that’d be a pretty long day. Guess I’ll see how I feel next weekend..