Silverton/Ouray area Riding Weekend (5th - 9th)

  • September 5, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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3rd Annual ATVing/Camping weekend... moved 2 weeks later in hopes to catch Fall colors, (should be less rain) but hopefully not too cold or snowy.

This will be a casual event with rides determined through-out the event as "majority rules". I expect to go over these Passes: Engineers, Cinnamon, and Hurricane. In 2011, the group (advanced/experienced riders) voted to tackle Poughkeepsie Gulch and "The Wall".  There are some nice loops but also some beautiful, exploring side trails that will require us to double-back.  Check out the photo album from this area on this site!

CONTACT INFO: Donna B E-mail: [masked]

** Please RSVP by TUESDAY, September 3rd, 2013 - so I know who to look for!

1) For each day -- let’s meet, as follows at the camp site (subject to change):

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=37.854915,-107.57261&spn=0.003499,0.005697&t=h&z=18

GPS:  37 Deg 51'.17.31"N       107 Deg 34'19.67"W

Altitude:  9803

AND, for "in town group dinners" at 6:00pm outside the office at

Triangle Motel (970)[masked] 
848 Greene Street 
Silverton, CO  NOTE: Ask for the 10% CQR discount!!!

** We will walk 3-4 blocks to a town restaurant for dinner/group socials

2) If you have RADIOS -- we will use Ch 4, feel free to call anyone from CQR!

RIDE TIME(S): Plan to start rides, each day, departing about 9:00 from the camp site. Be prepared to ride 5-7 hours/day, between 40-60 miles per day!!

BRING: Any/all riding gear (could encounter rain and/or cold, especially above 12K), helmets required, and I’d recommend that a few carry extra fuel! It is advisable to double-check the “ATV Trail Gear List” on this site (see the tab:  More, Files)!

MAPS: National Geographic’s – Trails Illustrated #141, East side of map, lower-left quadrant

CampSite:  http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=37.854915,-107.57261&spn=0.003499,0.005697&t=h&z=18

!!!!! IMPORTANT "Restricted Town Riding" Map!!!!!

Silverton is allowing CQR to ride IN town during this event... PLEASE familiarize yourself with the approved streets and RESPECT this access so we can continue each year!!!

http://silvertoncolorado.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/2013-03-27-Town-of-Silverton-Temporary-OHV-Routes.pdf

 

DIFFICULTY:

There are many trails in the area and they cover all categories (Easy, Moderate, Difficult). In 2011, we had experienced riders and tackled the toughest conditions and a faster paced ride.  IF we get enough RSVP's, and IF I can get a Leader for a slower-paced/easier ride, there is plenty of that level in the area!  We will not leave anyone behind, always pacing to our entire group’s comfort zone!!

There is a LOT of data on the Internet for riding in this area, including photos and YouTube videos. The more difficult trails/sections are: “The Wall” on one end of Poughkeepsie which requires winching!!... and Black Bear (a snarly, one-way route on the east side of the Million Dollar Highway, south of Ouray, Jeep rental companies prohibit their Jeeps to be used on Poughkeepsie or Black Bear). Please note that IF you try Black Bear -- you need a vehicle on each end as they do not allow ATVs to go into Telluride or double-back on the one-way trail!!

OVERNIGHT:

· Camping choices (Dry OR in a fee-based site with amenities), take your pick!  PLENTY of room for sizeable motor homes and there are restroom blocks (walled in out-houses with no running water dispursed around the area).

·         RV Water/Dumping Info: http://www.sanidumps.com/rvdumpscity.php?citynum=6347&city=Silverton&cityradius=1

· Motels/Hotels: Up/down the main street in Silverton, we have negotiated a 10% discount for Colorado Quad Runners at the Triangle Motel (970) 387-5780.

· Fuel: Silverton has a sizable Conoco/convenience store on the south end at Hwy 550 and Greene (the main street).

 

Trail Difficulty Ratings

EASY:

Ø Grades of less than 10%

Ø Relatively smooth surface

Ø Most rocks less than 8” in diameter

Ø Stream crossings, if any, are typically less than 12 inches deep

** Easiest: Limited skill with little challenge to travel.

MODERATE:

Ø Short pitches of grades up to 30%

Ø Grades generally 10-15%

Ø Surface relatively rough

Ø Most rocks are less than 15” in diameter

Ø Stream crossings, if any, are typically less than 18” deep

** Moderately Difficult: Some skills and challenge to travel

DIFFICULT:

Ø Pitches of greater than 30% grade

Ø Grades are generally above 15%

Ø Surface will be rough

Ø Boulder negotiations of over 15” in diameter

Ø Stream crossings, if any, are typically greater than 18” deep

** Difficult: Significantly experienced skills and challenges to travel

Disclaimer: The rider assumes all responsibility to ride within their own capabilities on any of these trail rides. The trail rating guide system takes into consideration “typical” trail width of the ride, the steepness and the trail surface composition. These ratings are ONLY intended to be guides to make trail use easier and safer and to encourage you to assess your own capabilities before venturing out on any trail. Trail ratings are used to indicate the expertise needed to drive the trail under normal conditions but these conditions are subject to rapid change in Colorado (ie- weather, boulders, etc).

 

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  • Tanya

    Hi everyone. This will be our first ride with the group. Will there be room at the camp site on Thursday? And how far is it to get water if we need to? Any trees where will be camping?

    September 2, 2013

    • Spice It U.

      No cell service at the campsite. There is always room for one more. We got water at Red Mountain RV on the way into Silverton for $5

      September 5, 2013

    • Spice It U.

      No cell service at the campsite. There is always room for one more. We got water at Red Mountain RV on the way into Silverton for $5

      September 5, 2013

  • jerry e.

    jeff and I are in the triangle motel rm 6 anybody want to get togather for supper

    September 4, 2013

    • Cynthia

      Sorry we missed you. We just got back from dinner and I found out you were here from Cindy just a few minutes ago. We are in room 12. Come see us when you get get back. We are riding tomorrow with Leann.

      September 4, 2013

  • Cynthia

    We had a great ride today and dodged all the rain. Couldn't have asked for a better day.
    The colors are not changing too quick but you can see a few spots along the road of color.

    September 4, 2013

  • Jud M

    I have injured my lower back and will attend the breakfast meeting with the Sheriff and Town Hall personnel on Friday morning, (Sept 6th) but will NOT be camping or riding the rest of the weekend. Wish I could stay for the fun, but I know that ATVing would not be the best thing for my lower spine.

    September 3, 2013

    • Cynthia

      So bummed about your back. Does this mean you are just passing through or will you be spending the night here on Thursday. We are at the Triangle Motel. Hope your back gets better.

      September 4, 2013

    • Cynthia

      PS We met the sheriff this am. We stopped at the courthouse to look in on the people that married us in 2006 there in the old courthouse. Then as we were leaving we met the sheriff and spoke a few minutes with her. She is really nice. There will be signs along the road to help us navigate the streets. We have handouts too she gave us of the map. So I can't wait to see your jolly smile Jud. See you soon.

      September 4, 2013

  • Jim D.

    Will arrive on Friday afternoon.

    September 4, 2013

  • Donna

    ALL... please try to come to Handlebars for a CQR club dinner on Saturday!!! It is a very FUN place and we have started a tradition of signing a dollar bill and posting it on their back wall of the bar! RSVP on this separate calendar on the Meet-Up site so I can tell them how many are coming!!!

    September 4, 2013

  • The James G.

    The weather up here is great! We are spending the first part of the week camping by Ironton to hit Corkscrew, California, and other trails! Hope to see you guys on Thursday - if we decide to pick up camp!!

    September 3, 2013

    • Donna

      AWESOME! The group rides Fri - Sun will also be: Corkscrew, California, and many of the passes! Enjoy your riding!!!

      September 4, 2013

  • Jud M

    LeAnn,
    Take US Hiway 550 south to Silverton. Get on the main street in Silverton (called Greene Street) northbound. The road "Y"s at the north edge of town and you take the right arm which is CR-110. It parallels the Annimas River and I think there are signs that say "Animas Forks" on them.

    1 · September 2, 2013

    • Spice It U.

      Thanks, Jud. For some reason I thought the campers turned off at Ouray instead of going through Silverton. And I did see your correction re CR 2.

      September 3, 2013

  • Jud M

    Small, IMPORTANT, change --the road northeast out of Silverton that parallels the Animas River is CS-2 instead of CS-110.

    1 · September 2, 2013

  • Spice It U.

    Does anyone know which road to take out of Ouray to get to the campsite?

    September 2, 2013

  • John & D.

    Trailer or trailer space needed for ATV!
    My son is coming with us again this year, and we need either a trailer that will carry an ATV and a RZR, or space on someone else's for an ATV. Can anyone help us? We could rent an ATV in Silverton for him, but that would be costly.

    August 15, 2013

    • Cynthia

      Michael and I will be there Tuesday late.

      September 2, 2013

    • Spice It U.

      We should be to the campsite sometime on Tursday.

      September 2, 2013

  • Spice It U.

    I have heard several discussions about towing to trail heads. . Is this a trip that is doable without any towing after arriving? We are planning to come in our RV so once we park, the ATVs are usually our only mode of transportation.

    August 27, 2013

    • Donna

      Hopefully, you saw my response... YES, after you set up... ATVs are fine... especially since I just got Silverton to approve restricted town access!!! :-)

      August 30, 2013

  • Spice It U.

    Does anyone know where we can fill up with water so we don't have to haul it all the way from Denver?

    August 27, 2013

  • Jud M

    The trip over Black Bear Pass is not doable without towing to both the trail head and to the trail end. The trail head is located 12 miles northwest of Silverton on US Hiway 550 & goes west to Telluride. It is really part of the Telluride set of trails.
    The trip is spectacular! As you approach Telluride the trail parallels Ingram Creek. You are riding about 30 feet from the edge of the creek, then the creek becomes Ingram Fall (175 ft drop) and the road takes a sharp right turn. If you look up Ingram Falls on Google it says that this road is considered y some “the most dangerous road in America”. After taking the right turn there is a series of 5 very narrow switchbacks down the face of a cliff crossing the bottom of the Ingram waterfall and traveling within yards of Bridal Veil Falls. You are not allowed to go back up the switch-backs because they are too narrow. Telluride does not allow ATVs on the city streets. ATVers are stuck at the edge of town.

    August 27, 2013

  • Jud M

    Tanya asked if anyone had gone over Black Bear Pass. I took a group of 5 ATVs over that trail (Forest Trail #823) about 4 years ago. It was the most memorable ATV trip I have ever taken and the most complex to organize because one section of the trip, near Telluride, is ONE WAY. One cannot “easily” get back to the tow vehicles at the unloading area at the junction of US Hiway 550 and Trail #823. The group ends up in Telluride with no easy way to get back to the tow vehicles.
    Distance to the starting point is about 12 miles, but one must take the tow vehicles on to Ouray (18 more miles) or to Telluride (55 miles on the paved highway). I can explain the logistical plan we implemented but not in less than the 1,000 characters allowed in this Meet Up interface.

    August 27, 2013

  • The James G.

    We should be there at some point on Tuesday.

    August 27, 2013

  • Spice It U.

    Will anyone who is camping be there on Tuesday or Wednesday?

    August 26, 2013

    • John & D.

      We're going on Wednesday.

      August 27, 2013

  • Warren

    Donna, Based on the dates, is the plan to ride Fri-Sun with Thur & Mon as travel days? Ski and I will arrive later on Thursday and leave mid-afternoon on Sunday.

    August 19, 2013

    • Donna

      I plan to ride Fri, Sat, and Sun...travel days of Thur and Mon!

      August 19, 2013

  • The James G.

    Donna that is great news! Did the town provide any special instructions or rules they would like us to adhere to, other than the normal common sense stuff?

    August 14, 2013

    • Donna

      Yes, I will post details soon!

      August 15, 2013

  • Donna

    HOT OFF THE PRESS!!! Silverton has APPROVED Colorado Quad Runners to ride our ATVs in-town (restricted) during this annual event... I will post details soon!!! Woo-Hoo.... everyone please be responsible for this new access!!!

    August 13, 2013

  • The James G.

    We have not spent any time in this part of CO, looking forward to exploring it!

    August 12, 2013

  • Donna

    I am working on possible restricted town riding access!!! I will keep you posted! The request is going to the Town meeting shortly!!! Keep your fingers crossed and PLEASE be very mindful if we get it passed!!!

    August 1, 2013

  • Tanya E.

    Is anyone planning on black bear road? I would like to try this while we are there. Does anyone have details on how far it is from where we camp and how far we have to trailer on the other side?

    Jeff

    May 7, 2013

  • Tanya E.

    Jeff and maybe Tanya and the girls.

    December 11, 2012

  • Spice It U.

    Assuming this is still Sept 5-9

    December 3, 2012

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