It was just so ugly in Durango, we really couldn't enjoy ourselves.
We ended up with a surprisingly large group riding this weekend in Durango. There were 12 guys riding the first day, and 11 the second.
On Saturday we shuttled up a long steep road from the ski area to access the Colorado Trail. We rode the Colorado Trail over to the Engineer Mountain trail. Ended up back on 550, with a short road ride back to the ski area and our condo. It was a little over 20 miles. It was a sweet day, amazing views, good old fashioned Colorado singletrack.
We saw a moose. It was a little surprising.
There were views.
We saw some waterfalls.
The final descent of the day down Engineer mtn. trail was definitely a highlight, with all of us chasing Tony down the mountain, riding on the very edge of our abilities to keep the person in front of us in sight. We got back to the trail head and big goofy smiles for everybody.
A proper dinner at Steamworks, and we all waddled out to our cars, back to the condo for an early bed time. Our shuttle Sunday morning was at 6:30 am, but we were being picked up below the Hermosa Creek trailhead, so we had to drive about 30 minutes from the condo.
We were shuttled by Hermosa Tours both days. They were great, picking us up right on time, with room for 14 in the van. I would recommend them if you are riding in Durango and are looking for some un-earned vertical help.
On Sunday we were driven up Kennebec pass. We then rode/hiked the Highline Trail to get over to the Colorado trail. The views were acceptable.
We took the Colorado Trail over to the Corral Draw, which was one of the most narrow, off-camber, intense descents I've ever done. That dumped us out onto Hermosa Creek. Then we had about 15 miles more riding back to the cars along Hermosa Creek.
The ride was about 40 miles total. It was freaking beautiful. I have a bunch of nice photos I was going to post up here, but blogger is not cooperating at the moment. So instead, here is a cool video with pics that Chris put together.
If anybody wants more details so they can do these same routes, come on by or get ahold of us. Charlie can definitely give you specific directions for both days, and I had a GPS for the first day.