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