Host: Pete and Susan O. are the hosts of this event.
Directions: Travel to Buena Vista, turn West on Main Street from Hwy 24/285, which will become FS 306 or Cottonwood Pass. Drive 20 miles of paved road and after the top of the pass another 13 miles of dirt road. Expect washboards and potholes. When you come to the T at the reservoir, turn left and travel about 3 miles to the general store and trading post. you may want to get water for your camper there, it's free. Turn left at the store (CR 765 and travel for 6 miles, turn left at trail 765.C1, there will be CQR signs at each turn. This is a wooded area with a large field in the middle, any rig should be able to fit. (Google Map Coordinates[masked],[masked]).
I'd like to lead a ride to the top of Mount Antero, we will take Tin cup pass to St Elmo, and go east on FS 292 to Alpine lake, then hit the trail head for Mount Antero. The pass is moderate to difficult and we will ascend to over 13,500 ft. This will be an all day trip of approximately 60 miles. I'd like to limit this ride to 8 people, since there is not a lot of room at the top of the mountain. If there are more people interested, we will need someone to lead a second group.
If we have interest, I'd also like to lead a ride to the city of Aspen, this will be about 90 miles and again an all day ride, most of the ride is easy to moderate, but there are a few very rocky and technical areas.
I'll head up early and secure the space. If it is already taken, I'll pick something else and adjust the signs
Camping: Camping is DRY with no facilities. There is gas and a store at the Taylor Park Trading Post and there is an RV dump station about 5 miles south of the store. So, make sure you bring all your needed gear and water. Cell service in the area is hit and miss depending on your carrier.
Agenda: The rides will start around 9:00 - and probably will take most of the day, so bring lunches, snacks, and drinks.
Ride: Trail Difficulty in this area ranges from Easy to Difficult. The trail rides will mostly be in the Moderate range with some Difficult in some sections. Helmets, over the ankle boots, gloves, long sleeves and pants need to be worn. Be prepared for all weather conditions.
Maps: National Geographic Trails Illustrated #130, 131, and 132 cover this area. Also, Charles Wells has a book of the area.
Trail Difficulty Ratings
* Grades of less than 10%
* Relatively smooth surface
* Most rocks less than 8” in diameter
* Stream crossings, if any, are typically less than 12 inches deep
** Easiest: Limited skill with little challenge to travel.
* Short pitches of grades up to 30%
* Grades generally 10-15%
* Surface relatively rough
* Most rocks are less than 15” in diameter
* Stream crossings, if any, are typically less than 18” deep
** Moderately Difficult: Some skills and challenge to travel
* Pitches of greater than 30% grade
* Grades are generally above 15%
* Surface will be rough
* Boulder negotiations of over 15” in diameter
* 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).