700 Miles of Singletrack in the Summer of 2017

The rules are pretty simple: Only singletrack counts. So, roads – even dirt roads – don’t count toward the 700 miles. Chairlifts cannot be used to access trails which count toward this mileage. And similarly, shuttles will be minimized, keeping shuttlable miles to 15% or less of my total singletrack tally. Last, all of the miles must acquired during calendar summer which is June 21st through September 22nd.

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Mountain Biking 101: Highline Lake State Park – Loma, CO

I have camped many times at Highline Lake State Park, but I have never actually biked there. I actually didn’t even know that there was a fair bit of singletrack there – enough trial to even hold an 18-hour race there. Research revealed that this course was around 11 miles, and it was easy. So, Natalie and I decided to check it out.

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Mountain Biking 101: Buzzard Gulch Trails – Montrose, CO

There are many trails that make up the Buzzard Gulch Trails system. They range in length from 0.1 miles to 1.3 miles. There are so many trails that sometimes making choices can be difficult. But, the main Buzzard Gulch is the easiest trail and is for true beginners. A couple of trails like Vulture Rim and Mail box are more difficult. The rest are largely at an “advanced beginner” level.

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Boggy Draw and McPhee Overlook Trail 5.27.17

Since the mountains are still buried in snow, we were looking for somewhere a bit drier, but we also wanted to go somewhere we hadn’t been to a bunch of times already, like Fruita. So off we went to Cortez, mostly to check out Phil’s World. Phil’s World was a blast (especially Rib Cage), but we were able to ride basically everything in a day so we decided to go up to Dolores and ride the new McPhee Overlook trail, along with the other trails at Boggy Draw.

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Mountain Biking 101: Rustlers and Wranglers Loops – Loma, CO

Our first featured Mountain Biking 101 ride belongs to the Rustlers and Wranglers trails out of Loma, Colorado, just west of Fruita. Many people refer to these as part of the Kokopelli Loops which are known for their beautiful views into the canyon of the Colorado River. Rustlers and Wranglers Loops share these amazing views, but are much less technical for riding.

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Backcountry Lifeline – Wilderness First Aid for Mountain Bikers

For some reason, many people feel that mountain biking is a relatively safe activity, especially compared to backcountry skiing. And perhaps it is. But, accidents on mountain bikes happen. A lot. And the injuries can be a lot more serious than people realize sometimes. When you are miles deep in the backcountry in a place where cell phones won’t work, will you know what to do to help a fallen friend and riders? That’s where Backcountry Lifeline comes in – first aid for mountain bikers, by mountain bikers.

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TBT: Mountain Biking Sidewinder Trail (Oct 2016)

The newer trail of Sidewinder lies between Delta and Montrose, running parallel with the Gunnison Gorge. And that trail is quickly becoming one of my favorite mountain bike rides. A scenic trail overlooking the valley below, it’s also full of technical features that will keep even expert riders challenged. Just a short way from Grand Junction, this trail should be one you consider when you travel next for some riding on the Western Slope.

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