Telluride Singletrack Tour
Day 1 –
We’ll meet everyone at Cascade Bicycles in Montrose, CO at 7:30am to load up and head out for the week. From Montrose we have a shuttle of an hour or so up onto the Uncompahgre Plateau and our first day’s ride. The area of Red Canyon on the Uncompahgre Plateau is seldom seen nor ridden by mountain bikers due to it’s proximity to….well….anything, but this singletrack loop is a terrific start to our week of riding. Along our route today we’ll get a mixture of ponderosa and spruce pine with numerous views of rock outcroppings that remind us we’re on a plateau. Ride length approximately 25 miles.
Day 2 –
This morning we’ll shuttle down into Telluride for the start of our day’s adventure. After a short climb on a forest service road, we’ll continue climbing a beautiful piece of singletrack several hundred feet above town. A turn north and we begin a pleasant traverse on aspen-lined singletrack away from town with incredible views of several 14,000 peaks in the distant Lizard Head Wilderness. The traverse will take us up and down…all under the shadow of the Mount Sneffels Range high above. Ride length is approximately 14 miles.
Day 3 –
After a short, but scenic shuttle we’ll start a mellower, mid-week ride in the Alta Lakes area. The Alta Lakes area provides us numerous loop options as we skirt the boundary of the Telluride Ski area and Prospect Basin. Like most of our riding during week, the numerous views that open up during our ride will blow the mind. Ride length is approximately 12 miles.
Day 4 –
From our base trip on Wilson Mesa, today our route carries us across the Wilson Mesa Trail. The Wilson Mesa singletrack changes numerous times from thickly-wooded spruce groves to calendar-worthy aspen groves. Along the way we’ll pass quite close to the boundary of the Lizard Head Wilderness with 14,000 Wilson Peak looming above us. As we are now opposite of our day two ride, distant views of the Sneffels Range permeate our day. Ride length is approximately 19 miles.
Day 5 –
Our final day is a ride down the infamous Galloping Goose Trail. The Galloping Goose was a hyrbrid railroad machine – part railcar, part truck. The Galloping Goose delivered cargo and mail in the Telluride area from the 1930s to early 1950. It is on this very railroad grade we now travel on a mix of dirt road and singletrack from Lizard Head Pass all the way to Telluride. The entire week’s views make themselves available during the mostly downhill ride and the end of our incredible week of mountain biking. Ride length is about 22 miles.
Final Day –
After a great week of riding, we return you to Montrose and Cascade Bicycles. Thanks for joining us! .
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MOUNTAIN BIKING TRIPS
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- level: upper-intermediate, advanced
- ages: all (call for under 18)
- group size: varies
"After 9 years of guided mountain bike trips in North America, your Durango trip had the best trails!!!!"David Sawyer, 2008
"'trip Ned' in Durango was stupendous. Lodging, food, choice of trails and individual guidance on bike set-up, techniques and gear were all excellent. Nate inspired me through some killer climbs. Matt's no slouch on the trails, and also performed some dutch oven wizardry in the kitchen. Big Mike’s tour of Hermosa Creek drainage was epic. Thanks guys- I'm getting a gang together and picking a place to join up again in '09!"Tom Kammerer, 2008
"I thoroughly enjoyed my Hermosa Creek Guided tour! My guide, Matt, was professional and personable: offering great cycling conversation, guidance, and food for thought. He took care of everything so all I had to do was just show up and ride! His experience and knowledge of the CO trails made me feel confident and the ride was truly a treasured experience. Most of all, I had the absolute best time and I loved every nanosecond of it! Thank you !"Julie Urlaub, 2008
"The guys on my trip inspired confidence amongst our group every step of the way. Be it on the trail, shuttling to the trailhead, or arranging logistics in advance they kept things running smoothly and seemingly effortlessly. They accommodated us every step of the way and kept it fun and flexible. Of course, the best part was their ability to provide the epic mountain bike experience. We left Durango pleasantly worked over, dusty, and smiling ear-to-ear. Now if they’d only get on the right brand of bike…"Travis Ott, Gary Fisher Bikes, 2008
"Super job you guys do, better than any other tour/group ride I have been on, either in the US or Europe. I especially appreciate the little things that make the stay more pleasant without the client having to ask for them. (the trail map and the gorp selection for instance, nice touches)."Sam Joseph, 2008