Teocalli Ridge Trail (8 Aug 2010)

(Last Updated On: August 13, 2010)

Teocalli Ridge trail has been a favorite ride for me in the past. Due to various circumstances, I have not been able to ride it the past two summers. Reports from riders have conveyed that the trail has been beaten by the dirt bikers- nasty ruts on what used to be a fun, technical descent. Still, I’ve been wanting to ride it, as I’ve neglected it for over two years. Sunday was the day we were to check it out. Frank and I met our friend Adam at the trailhead on a beautiful morning dotted with low-hanging clouds.

Me riding up the road with Whetstone behind.
Photobucket

Teocalli in front.
Photobucket

Photobucket

The clouds burned off throughout the morning and we found ourselves surrounded by beautiful green and fuschia pink. The last two weeks of above average rainfall have the grasses and wildflowers well.
Photobucket

I can’t remember ever seeing it this green before in August, even in Crested Butte.
Photobucket

A closer look at Teocalli.
Photobucket

The single track to the ridge. Can you spot Frank and Adam?
Photobucket

Photobucket

Looking back toward Brush Creek.
Photobucket

One of the highlights of riding Teocalli Ridge is the amazing views from the top of the ridge. Middle Brush.
Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

The descent is still fun. Frank and Adam.
Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

A few minutes later, as I walked down a particularly gnarly and rutted portion of the trail, I spotted Adam sitting on a log. His bike was still on the ground. It turned out he had crashed into a tree, with his shoulder taking the brunt of the force. Upon inspection, it didn’t seem like he had broken his collar bone, although we couldn’t be certain. But, something was definitely wrong with his shoulder. Adam was in a lot of pain if he moved it, and could not raise his arm very high. So, we made a make-shift sling from arm and leg warmers. Adam and I walked down the rest of the trail while Frank sped ahead to get the truck. Timing was good as Frank arrived to the bottom of the trail just a few minutes before we did. From there, we drove Adam to the Gunnison Hospital to get an x-ray. The x-rays didn’t show any broken bones, and a possible AC separation is suspected. Regardless, Adam has to take some time off the bike and was sad to not be able to ride on his birthday on Tuesday. But, hopefully he’ll be riding again soon!

The afternoon was simply beautiful and I captured this shot of Teocalli with Castle peaking out from behind on our way back from Gunnison.
Photobucket

In walking down the trail, I was able to take a closer look at the condition of it. Yes, parts are more rutted. But, most of it is still quite rideable. Hopefully I’ll get back to Teocalli again this season, as I would like to actually be able to ride the descent. 🙂

Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things,Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate 🙂 Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

Latest posts by Brittany Walker Konsella (see all)

Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things, Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate :) Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

Got something to say? We love your comments!