Jenny Creek trail up to Continental Divide, Rollins Pass

Short notice but the weather looks good for this kind of ride. Think of this as a warm up (11,600 foot) for the to-be-organized Nivot Ridge ride. Jenny Creek starts at the Eldora ski resort and winds its way up along rocky and sometimes wet trails past Yankee Doodle Lake all the way to the continental divide. The views up there are spectacular but the air is thin and perhaps even cold. This is a bit of an adventure ride: it takes some time to get up there; you could get a little wet; there are intriguing but hard to find options, e.g., the connection from Jenny Creek to the Guinn Hut trail (sweet but short single track).

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  • Dan C.

    Slept in, will have to go do White Horse instead....catch you all another time.

    August 18, 2012

    • Alex

      no worries

      August 19, 2012

  • Alex

    Kerry, sorry it did not work out. This was really a fantastic ride. Big benefit from long travel bikes. We did not have GPS with us. The one tricky bit is to close the loop. After the tunnel you keep going up until you come to 502 (big Road Closed) sign. The downhill there is double black diamond. Then you climb back up until you see on your left the gas line trail. Follow that for about 0.4 miles. There is actually a blue diamond sign now (easy to miss). Follow that south until you cross the Guinn trail. Follow that up to get to the hut. Ride it down following some sweet single track (lots of dead fall unfortunately) back to Jenny Creek.

    August 19, 2012

  • Alex

    Awesome, 6 out of 5 ride, of epic proportions (> 6 hours).

    August 19, 2012

  • David L.

    What an epic adventure ride!

    August 19, 2012

  • Kerry N.

    Dave, Alex hope you have a good ride. If you have a GPS track from the ride I would really like Ti get a copy as I would like to follow your tracks soon.

    August 18, 2012

  • Alex

    Sure thing!

    August 17, 2012

  • David L.

    I'm coming from Louisville so let me know where and when you'd like to meet. Want to grab something afterwards in Ned?

    August 17, 2012

  • Alex

    David seems to be set for Saturday. David, will can you make it?

    August 17, 2012

  • Kerry N.

    I'm not going to be able to do Saturday. If you change to Sunday, let me know.

    August 17, 2012

  • Alex

    David, that is the spirit! Adventure ride is precisely what this is. Especially if it is just the two (or 3) we should definitely carpool. Are you in Boulder?

    August 17, 2012

  • David L.

    I'm interested if we can ride tomorrow. I'm wife-free for the entire day and am looking for an adventure ride tomorrow. I've also got room in the car and bike rack to carpool from Boulder.

    August 17, 2012

  • Kerry N.

    Sunday would work better for me. It will give me time to dial in the bike a bit. Any chance to start earlier at say 8am? It's tough for me to make longer rides later in the day as it draws me away from family for too long.

    August 17, 2012

  • Kerry N.

    I may be up for this. I've just been looking at the Rollins Pass as a ride to Winter Park over on MTBR. I'm getting my new trail bike this weekend. If I get it tonight I may be able to make the ride. If I don't get it tonight, then I won't make the ride as I'll be picking up my bike in the morning.

    August 17, 2012

  • Alex

    ps. the weather forecast just changed a bit suggesting Sunday would be even better than Saturday. If that works out better let me know.

    August 17, 2012

  • Alex

    I won't lie. This is not an easy climb. The first part to Yankee Doodle Lake has some steep bits. However, I am not a huge fan of relentless climb either. This can be done at slow pace and with many breaks. After the lake the climb is quite a bit more mellow. To get all the way up it would take perhaps close to 3 hours. Going down again is significantly less. It is easy to turn around at any point as this is just an out and back kind of ride.

    August 17, 2012

  • Dan C.

    So what type of duration will this take and how technical is the ride? I'm in descent shape but can get destoyed on long technical climbs if they are to relentless...

    August 17, 2012

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