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question regarding glenwood springs in CO and hiking in Silver Plume?

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Hola Snow and I are going to CO this August for some hikes and biking.  I have heard that there is a nice moderate hike that I could hit Gray's and Torrey's combo.  Does anyone have information about this area.  I want to do a fun hike but not any hike that would require rock climbing equipment.

 

Also I have heard that Glenwood springs has a fun bike trail that goes along the Colorado river. 

 

Any tips or fun rides/hikes.  I will be in the Idaho springs area for three days and Glenwood springs area for three days. 

 

Thanks for any suggestions in advance

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If you are in Idaho Springs and want some good (hard) road rides then ride up to Mt Evans....28 miles with about 7k feet of climbing.  If that's too much ride just up to Echo Lake and back.  You can also ride up the road to St Mary's Glacier...about 10 miles of climbing but with some wicked steep sections.

 

In Glenwood you can ride the bike up through Glenwood Canyon along the river and take the bike path to Aspen and back (~40 miles each way) both are very nice rides.

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Also you can take the bike path south of Glenwood towards Aspen and turn right at Carbondale to ride to the top of Mclure Pass.  It is a very nice ride and relatively moderate in the climb until you get to the road to Marble.  From there, it's about 4 miles of 7% grade to get to the top of the pass.  Very nice.

 

Mike

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Are you looking for single track or just paved stuff? Lots of hidden single track in around G-town and such.

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Without knowing your cycling preference there’s a whole bunch of middle ground between extremes of paved blacktop or that of single track scree/roots.  View a satellite drill down on your planned locations and pan about…e.g., take a virtual ride on the Glenwood Canyon Hiking Biking Trail.  Check; Map my ride, Garmin, Veloroute etc for route ideas.

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I actually am looking for something a little less challenging than a 7% grade.  I am looking for something paved not too much altitude change something that my husband and I could just have fun with mileage isn't an issue 20-30 miles would be a fun ride. 

I will check out the map my ride stuff. 

 

Thanks for all the suggestions

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The bike path through Glenwood Canyon is a good bet. Going out, it's uphill, leaving the return yo be downhill. The bike path towards Aspen is also relatively flat and uphill out. And going to the base of Mclure pass has grades that are pretty moderate. It's cool to ride to the tourist town of Redclife which is before the base of the pass, about 30 miles one way or so (from memory).



You could also cheat and take your bikes on the rfta bus (I think they allow that) to Aspen and ride downhill to Glenwood. It's not that great of a grade, but it helps!
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If you are coming from flatland, Grays and Torreys is a bit more than a moderate hike. While the "standard" route on both (including the traverse over the saddle) does not involve any technical climbing and is a Class 2 hike, it is fairly strenuous and involves 4k ft of elevation gain at high altitude. You should be acclimated first.

 

Good beta is here: http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/150385/torreys-peak.html A good guide book is Gerry Roach's Colorado 14'ers. Torrey's is one of my favorite 14'ers, although I have never actually climbed it by the standard route (have done Kelso Ridge and a snow ascent up Dead Dog Couloir- some of the pictures on the SP website are mine). Grays is fun, too, and you will see lots of mountain goats and big horn sheep on the way up. 

 

Plan on a start from the trailhead by 6:00am, and be off the summit well before noon to avoid the risks of lightning. You will also need decent ground clearance on your car to get to the trailhead, although I understand that the worst ruts in the road have been filled in and that it is much better than in years past.

 

For a nice road bike ride in Summit Co. that is not too difficult try Breckenridge to Vail (it is harder in the other direction). It does involve a climb up to the top of Vail Pass, but going E>W (as opposed to the other way) it's not too tough. Bike path pretty much the whole way.

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You could also cheat and take your bikes on the rfta bus (I think they allow that) to Aspen and ride downhill to Glenwood. It's not that great of a grade, but it helps!


 Limited to two bikes/bus and I think it's a $1/bike.  Riding back to Glenwood you could stop at the Woody Creek Tavern.  Hunter S. is gone, but I think Jimmy Ibbostson from the Dirt Band has taken his place.

 

Anyone in Aspen should take the bus up to the Maroon Bells and coast back down. 

 

One of the most popular hikes in Glenwood is Hanging Lake.

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