(Last Updated On: August 11, 2009)
One of my favorite things about biking is the exploration factor: You can cover so much ground and see a lot of terrain in just a day’s worth of riding. Of course, it never hurts when the actual ridings kicks ass, too.
My friend Jarret had been raving about some of the rides he had pieced together in the San Juans between the towns of Lake City and Creede. I love the San Juans, Lake City, and Creede, plus I was feeling the urge to get out of town, if just for a day. These days, it’s tougher for me to find unexplored trails in Crested Butte, which really fueled my fire to check out the area to the south. So we made the effort to get down there, and Jarret’s friend Heather joined us as well as Pete. We first had to run a long shuttle between Spring Creek Pass down almost all the way to Creede, and then we were off. Because Jarret did all the leg work figuring out how these trails link together, I won’t be giving the exact play by play directions, and will just let the photos do the talking. I’m sure anyone motivated could figure it out pretty easily, although there are a couple of turns that aren’t marked at all.
This trail had a little bit of everything. At times, it reminded me of the following trails in the Crested Butte area: 413, Doctor’s Park, Scarp’s Ridge, 401, Beckwith Pass, and Baxter Gulch. Like I said, a little bit of everything. We cruised into Creede for some well-deserved beers and food at Kip’s Grill, which is an awesome place to end a ride and highly recommended. Jarret was kind enough to show us a few other rides to check out in the area, so I think I’ll be heading back soon. Thanks again Jarret!