View Full Version : So it was supposed to be a nice easy ride in the woods......

06-20-2010, 06:05 PM

... we got lost... we made it out.. I am dead.... more later ..uuughhh

Dirt naps suuuckkk!!! :)

06-20-2010, 07:15 PM
Dirt naps suuuckkk!!! :)

better than hugging tree's. :-) Sounds like fun day.

06-20-2010, 08:00 PM
You are still breathing right?
Hope everything else is still together too...

06-20-2010, 08:48 PM
Well gather 'round the campfire. Lemme tell you about a trip through the woods.

It all started innocently enough... we were supposed to take this route. (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Idaho+Springs,+CO&daddr=Co+Rd+279%2FVirginia+Canyon+Rd+to:Co+Rd+279% 2FVirginia+Canyon+Rd+to:Central+City,+CO+to:Apex,+ co+to:tolland,+co+to:Rollinsville,+CO&geocode=FRhsXgIdeP21-SlVbhvJJaVrhzFoP1-R4pqe-w%3BFdqIXgIdgva1-Q%3BFXC2XgIdw9G1-Q%3BFUxUXwIdTPu1-SkTd2gooLBrhzELRz17bZrtOw%3BFaBGYAIdOCG1-Sl3fIFkSrhrhzE9cWlXt7pGww%3BFY3iYAIdGte0-SlLerED_MdrhzG3ciTWwqXFCg%3B&hl=en&mra=ls&via=1,2&sll=39.823725,-105.561575&sspn=0.288462,0.506744&ie=UTF8&ll=39.830159,-105.555954&spn=0.288436,0.506744&z=11)

Ok, so my route finding is a little off. But dang! The easy dirt ride turned into survival after we got lost trying to get to Mammoth Gulch. Note to self, bring a map.

The day started innocently enough, a quick run up to Idaho Springs, and then it was OMG road (aka Virginia Canyon). Expansive views of Squaw Pass across the valley, nice graded gravel road.


Matty sees a little side trail, and goes down it.
.. and then comes back up.

06-20-2010, 09:30 PM
Somehow finding Mammoth Gulch and over to Tolland / Rollinsville. But we got turned around back in the woods, at Apex. (Point C on the map). We zigged, when we should have zagged. Somehow we headed east, through a latched gate and past someone's mining operation. The "road" became a jeep trail, which then headed downhill, steep, rocky, loose boulders....

The picture doesn't really show how rocky and steep the descent was. But.. we all made it through.

Then the trail got narrower...

.. and rockier

... after dropping the GS a couple of times we thought the worst was over. But there was mud... not just wet dirt, but deep, black, slippery, tire sucking mud.

06-20-2010, 09:30 PM
... after the mud.. well.. hmm.. what are we looking at?

This was the SHORT way around. The left side was twice as long.


and then Gene

06-20-2010, 09:32 PM

Famous last words..

This is a perfect ride for the big trail-lies like my GS, the DRZ, and the KLRs, unlike the technical singletrack this is easy peasy. Not that the SuMos and WRs won't have fun either....

We find our way though some easier sections, and then it was more rocks, more trees. Front brake, no.. REAR brake, sliding.. ahhh shit! Pick up bike... crash bang crunch on the skid plates! Quads pass us, I give em the finger. More rocks and gullys. Eventually we find our way back to 119 somewhere south of Rollinsville.

Was it worth it? Hellz yeah! The GS's proved to be tanks, literally as in "heavy as a tank" - after having to wrestle them and pick them up half dozen times.

But... calendar material

... even if I had to do some field fixings to get it.

06-20-2010, 09:58 PM
Here is the slideshow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/speedshots/sets/72157624195099263/show/with/4719139824/)

06-20-2010, 10:29 PM
The riders on the two dual sports seem to be smiling more than the two on "adventure tourers".....:)

Great report Jeff and I think I would prefer my DRZ on that particular trail...:)

06-20-2010, 10:42 PM
That trail kicked my butt! I am sacked out on the living room floor watching MotoGP (go Spies!!) I think I'll just sleep here till morning.

Seriously, no adventure tourer should come within miles of that trail. But sometimes, getting lost is part of the adventure.

06-21-2010, 08:02 AM
Great ride, great pics.

06-21-2010, 08:22 AM
Love the "fix it with a rock" picture. Where are the pictures of sleeping beemers with one foot up on them?

06-21-2010, 08:27 AM
As if the bug that bit me when we played in the dirt at the rally wasn't bad enough already.........

06-21-2010, 09:07 AM
Love the "fix it with a rock" picture. Where are the pictures of sleeping beemers with one foot up on them?

Y'know, somehow in the midst of trying to pick your 400lb "trail" bike up on the wrong side of a slope, swearing your head off, and avoiding being eaten alive by skeeters, taking a picture of a sleeping beemer isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Although, there were numerous opportunities.

06-21-2010, 08:57 PM
I'm not telling you where the real turnoff from Apex to Mammoth Gulch is. It's a secret.

06-21-2010, 10:06 PM
Great ride report and pics as always Asp. Thanks!

06-21-2010, 10:32 PM
I'm not telling you where the real turnoff from Apex to Mammoth Gulch is. It's a secret.

Hahaha... we rode past it *twice*. I somehow got it in my mind there would be a sign saying "Mammoth Gulch Rd" or something. But nope, it was called something else.

06-23-2010, 11:08 PM
dude ... next thing will be your trip report for Kensington Peak (just a small jaunt off of the Mammoth Gulch Road - look for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ride on ADV) ... although I suggest some gnarlier tires before doing it :)

06-23-2010, 11:35 PM
Lol... haha, I've been over Kingston Peak and down into Loch Lomond. Very nice 4x4 road, but boulder fields for bikes. No thanks! :) I *might* try to get to the Loch from Fall River Rd though.

06-24-2010, 05:35 AM
Wow...what and exciting, scary adventure you had! Those roads looked "a bit scary". Glad you found your way home. GREAT pics..thanks for sharing your adventure.

06-04-2012, 12:50 PM
I often had a call, in advance, to ride to this chaps office to help him out in survey work. That was GREAT to me for I had one Observed Trials iron I had in street legal form so it could have a LP.

Beside my lunch bucket I also carried a polly container of exactly what I needed to take in a gallon of petrol along with the oil on the way back home, for like so many others we had done away with the automatic lube systems & so pre-mix before we took off.

Some rain or shine it was up into the mountin sections to wild animal trails, gullies, creeks & REALLY that was more exercise in Observed Trials, but also a ball in the riding. I only picked an Observed Trials bike, so mentioned, rather then an Enduo.

In reality some years ago the best Observed Trials rider was Sammy Miller & he rode his Observed Trials work & back home again. So felt if he could do it, then it would be ideal for me AND IT WAS.