Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains: Durango and Telluride

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Heaven on two wheels. The weather is good, the mountains are high, and the singletrack is beyond compare. Southwest Colorado is the place where you'll find alpine hill climbs, desert loops, and technical challenges in some of the nation's most spectacular settings. So get on your bike and ride.Cyclist and author Robert Hurst outlines more than seventy rides ranging from the San Miguel River Ramble to grueling Engineer Pass. He also adds his own tidbits about the region's history, wildlife, and weather that make ...

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Overview

Heaven on two wheels. The weather is good, the mountains are high, and the singletrack is beyond compare. Southwest Colorado is the place where you'll find alpine hill climbs, desert loops, and technical challenges in some of the nation's most spectacular settings. So get on your bike and ride.Cyclist and author Robert Hurst outlines more than seventy rides ranging from the San Miguel River Ramble to grueling Engineer Pass. He also adds his own tidbits about the region's history, wildlife, and weather that make this more than just a trail guide. Look for information on the Log Chutes, Devil Mountain, and Galloping Goose. Climb to the dizzying alpine heights of Imogene, Windy, or Molas Passes. Or, plummet down Hermosa Creek, Old Lime Creek Road, or Haflin Canyon.Also included: restaurants and bike shops; relief maps and elevations profiles; more than eighty photographs; tips on riding, trip preparation, and bicycle maintenance.(6 x 9, 256 pages, b&w photos, maps)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762723461
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Falcon Guides Mountain Biking Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Hurst is a native Coloradan who is just happy to be in one piece after working for seven years as a bike messenger in Denver. He celebrates his continued survival by spending time in the mountains, and by riding the world's most excellent trails. A 1990 graduate of the University of Colorado, he is also the founder of Trails, the insider's source for mountain biking destinations in the Rocky Mountains.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Ride Locator Map ix
Rides at a Glance ix
How to Use This Book xii
Map Legend xiii
How to Use These Maps xiv
Introduction 1
Durango
Ride Locator Map 5
Section Introduction 6
Getting Around Durango 7
1. Chapman-Rim Trail Loop 10
2. Ridge Loop 16
In Addition: How to Resurrect Your Bike After a Big-Time Mud Attack 20
3. Telegraph-Carbon Junction Loop 22
4. Sale Barn-South Rim-Cowboy Loop 26
5. Missionary Ridge 30
6. Stevens Creek-Missionary Ridge-Haflin Canyon Loop 34
7. Stevens Creek Mini-Loop 40
8. Log Chutes 44
9. Colorado Trail-Dry Fork-Hoffheims Loop 48
10. Hidden Valley ("Church Camp") Loop 52
11. Animas City Mountain 58
12. Test Track-Perins Peak Loop 62
13. Trans-Test Track Loop 66
14. The Big Loop (La Plata Canyon-Kennebec Pass-Colorado Trail) 72
15. Smelter Hillclimb 78
16. Old Railroad Grade 82
17. Purgatory 1990 World Championship Course Sampler 86
18. Old Lime Creek Road 90
19. Molas Pass to Coal Bank Pass 94
20. Hermosa Creek Shuttle (from the Top) 100
21. Hermosa Creek Out-and-Back (from the Bottom) 106
22. Jones Creek-Dutch Creek Loop 110
23. Devil Mountain 116
24. Windy Pass Loop 120
In Addition: Waiting for the Next Last Grizzly in Colorado 124
25. Treasure Mountain Out-and-Back 128
26. North Glade Loop 132
27. South Glade Loop 138
28. Kinsey-Seven Sisters Loop 144
Honorable Mentions 150
Telluride
Ride Locator Map 161
Section Introduction 162
Getting Around Telluride 164
29. Imogene Pass 166
30. Galloping Goose 170
31. Wilson Mesa Long Loop 176
32. Western Deep Creek Loop 182
33. San Miguel River Ramble 188
34. Engineer Pass 192
In Addition: Black Bears in Colorado 198
35. Spring Creek Pass-Jarosa Mesa 200
Honorable Mentions 204
The Art of Mountain Biking
Mountain Bike Beginnings 209
Mountain Biking into Shape 210
Be Safe--Know the Law 211
The Mountain Bike Controversy 212
Etiquette of Mountain Biking 212
Trail Maintenance 213
On-the-Spot Quick Fix 213
Rules of the Trail 214
The Necessities of Cycling 215
Be Prepared or Die 216
Be Safe--Wear Your Armor 217
Oh, Those Cold, Wet Colorado Days 218
To Have or Not to Have--Other Very Useful Items 219
Types of Off-Road Terrain 220
Techniques to Sharpen Your Skills 221
Braking 221
Going Uphill--Climbing Those Treacherous Hills 221
Going Downhill--The Real Reason We Get Up in the Morning 222
Last-Minute Checkover 222
Local Bike Shops 225
Good Eats--Where to Carbo-load and Fill the Gullet 226
Repair and Maintenance
Fixing a Flat 229
Lubrication Prevents Deterioration 231
Index 233
Meet the Author 239
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