MEMBERSHIP: This weekend is for CQR dues paying members, you can learn more about our club at http://www.meetup.com/Colorado-Quad-Runners
You are welcome to join us as a guest, BUT you will be required to sign a waiver before the first ride
LOCATION: GPS: 38°53'45.60"N 106° 7'38.53"W
Search Google Earth-just plug in the coordinates.
We met here last year and the location was great!
Gravel Roads - NO MUD!
Near Buena Vista - nice view of the Collegiate Range
Cell Phone coverage
Directions: US 285 to Buena Vista, then
Right on Hwy[masked] mi
Right onto E Main St 0.2 mi
Turn Left onto N Colorado Ave 0.3 mi
Continue onto CO Rd[masked] mi
Turn Right onto CO Rd[masked] mi
Turn right onto CO Rd 375C - Destination will be 0.15 mi
We may not be able to cross US 285 to access the south area, but there are many riding areas on the north side.
It has everything from easy trails to some harder rock climbing trails. Directions and signs to look for are attached. I will also have signs on the road in so you can find me. If you are coming please RSVP on the Meetup web page. We will have enough room for tent campers. If you can't come for the weekend come up for a day. We usually leave on rides between nine and ten.
Take 285 south out of Denver. If you are coming from the Springs take hwy 24 to 285 and go to Buena Vista as above.
We will be monitoring FMRS Channel 4.
Water and dump is available at the Western Inn RV Park in Fairplay, OR the KOA camp east of Buena vista. NOTE 5/19-- KOA does NOT sell water, so get it at Fairplay or in BV. They do have a dump, though.
A note about the availability of water. Water is available at the City of Buena Vista water department building. To get there, if you're coming to Buena Vista from the south, turn left on Steele Dr (the road to the airport) and drive past the Humane Society before the dumpsters to their site. It’s real cheap – just a couple of dollars
For those who do not want to camp, there are cabins available at the KOA near Buena Vista: http://www.buenavistakoa.com/ , and other motels in Buena Vista.
We will be going up on TUESDAY to try to reserve a campsite. Will be returning on Tuesday 5/27.
Saturday night POT LUCK info, PLEASE READ: I would like to put a little spin on the pot luck this year. Those who went to Taylor Park last August know how this works. I have a large dutch oven pot with a tripod to use over a campfire. I will start the pot off with ground beef and onion (both pre-cooked). Then each person should bring one can or single serving size item to add to the pot. The idea is for each person to put in approximately the volume they plan to take out. We completely filled the pot and fed about 25 people last year. This is a chance to be creative with the ingredient you choose to add - just remember you have to eat it too. There are always skeptics but this has turned out great every time I have done it - most people go back for seconds. In addition to the one can / one serving ingredient per person for the pot, if each family or couple could bring a fruit, salad, grain or dessert item that would help make this a complete meal (meat and veggies galore will be in the pot). You are welcome to comment on the side dish you choose to bring, but the ingredient for the pot should remain a mystery. Announcing the ingredient as you add it is half the fun.
Trail Difficulty Ratings
Most of the trails in this area are EASY to MODERATE.
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 and Utah (ie- weather, boulders, etc).