is on the doorstep. We had two or three reasonable snowfalls in town
already. Some of the ski hills have opened for the season. While that's
the mood, Saturday is slated to be 70F in town. This might be near the
end of the year for a trail ride that isn't blocked by snow so a few of
us gathered to travel some trails that might have lower amounts of
snow. It was not to be - we were "mostly" blocked by snow. We adjusted
plans a bit (excluded a trail that we knew would be in the shade) and
enjoyed the warm day in the mountains regardless.
A note in that Switzerland Trail is an old railroad right of way. I have not been able to find a full route map showing the origination / termination locations but a decent section, in the mountains, has been converted to multi-use trail. As it was a railroad (narrow gauge I believe), the grade, width and curve radii are gentle and consistent - fitting for a train.
We encountered a group of folks out tending a vehicle recovery. After speaking with one of the folks, there were two vehicles stranded near the end of the trail. On my way out / home I could see them working.
Driving back to town, Left Hand Canyon saw many bicyclists enjoying the day. Nicely, they were single file which makes progress in an overtaking car safer for all on the narrow, double-yellow, blind-corners road. A flip of the switch for warmer temps also found numerous motorcyclists out. A couple top-down convertibles were seen too. Cold temps and slushy roads are on the way.
|Mt Meeker & Longs Peak
|The start of the trail - not but fifty feet in - there's enough snow to
cause issue - and this snow section is in a sunny area. What will the
shaded areas hold for us?
arrived in advance of the others so I thought I'd see if I could pack
that first bit of snow - I was able to make it up and now I've turned
around to head down - but first to snap a photo of the ridgeline.
|This one looks deep...|
it is. The axle is pushing snow. With it firm (not powdery) it'll be a
difficult push. I'm moving downhill - which will help - but it was
still too deep.
who was happy to find a first use for his winch, pulled me back to
clear ground. We decided to not spend time trying to push through and
decided to return to the trailhead and take a nearby road to another
section of the trail.
|This is more enjoyable.
railbed turned and this image reminded me of snowmobiling railbeds in
Michigan. A raised secion of earth with a consistent radius in a curve
- bounded with many trees.
obstacle called Cliffhanger 2.0 - a somewhat steep and rocky trail up
to the ridge - and you turn around and drive back down. It's filled in
with enough snow that we won't make it but 1/4 of the way up.
tried twice today - once on the way in and then later in the day on the
way out - thinking some of the snow would be melted. It was and we went
farther up but still nowhere near the end. Back down and head out.
|Sitting on the hill waiting for Nate to see how far he can progress.
|This might be one of the two vehicles the recovery group is tending.
|This, certainly, is one of the two.
afternoon found this Nash Neopolitan scooting through town. It's small.
Look at where his elbow is on the seat - he could easily put fingertips
on the passenger door - with an elbow on the driver's door.