Two Weeks Till We Loopy

Howdy Folks!

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That’s right we are just two weeks away from go time for the Gunny Loopy Loop.

Starts in Gunnison, August 31st, 4:AM.

I’m including links to the Shortie and Biggie Maps, from Plotaroute you can convert right there to GPX file and then use Topofusion, Base Camp or another program upload to a GPS. Maps are more or less set and finalized at this point.

Shortie Loopy Loop Map

Biggie Loopy Loop Map

Trackleaders sign up can be found here: https://form.jotform.com/trackleaders/loopyloop19

Lots of info right here, scroll on down for route descriptions, full route cues, and pictures.

If you have questions, please let me know. Hope some folks can make this happen as it is gonna be special.

 

Biggie Details

Got out to ride a bit of the Biggie Loop. The section that we rode was Tin Cup Intercept Trail, Tin Cup Pass, Tunnel Lakes Trail, Alpine Tunnel Road. High Alpine riding, so gorgeous up there, also kinda crazy in spots. I’m gonna go over what I remembered, relearned and discovered today!

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Tin Cup Intercept Trl. This is the first/grassy/cairns marked section, not sure it would be visible at all at night! Faint tread/backslope, and a few cairns is all.

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More of the grassy section of Tin Cup Intercept, looking towards Napoleaon Pass where Biggie riders will traverse from.

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Snow Plus Atop Tin Cup Intercept, was passable, could be gone by August 31?!?!

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Just below Snow Plug, Thru the Notch, begin traverse/Willow section.

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Willow sidehill section on TC Intercept. I flagged it pretty good as it is very vague in spots, look for orange flags in the willows. Be careful, its thin.

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TC Intercept hits an old double track coming off the top of Tin Cup Pass, turns right and heads down to this gate, easiest go left around high side. Closed to motor vehicles. Pictured in the background is a switchback on Tin Cup Pass, head down pass.

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Start of Tunnel Lakes Trail, just after you turn Right off Tin Cup Pass.

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Tunnel Lakes trail, magic stuff out there, magic.

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Start of Alpine Tunnel Road, good road built into a cliffside and there are a few rock slides onto the road and a couple washouts, descend with caution, Remember to turn left onto Tomichi Pass at first switchback.

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Rock Slide on Alpine Tunnel Road, easily passable, but beware of the drop to your right!!!

 

Last Bit of the Loopy.

Here’s a bit of the last 6 miles of both Loopy Loops. These are all part of the Signal Peak Trail System, some are marked, some not. All well ridden and documented on MTBProject and such. Signal Trails start on North Woods, to Shoestring, to Ridge/doubletrack, to Rasta Gulch, to Contour, to Old Gunny Spur of the CT bits to WCU Campus.

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Sunset on North Woods trail.

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Shoestring Trl

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More Shoestring

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Top of “Rasta Gulch” Hard left onto single track from Ridge doubletrack. Turn Right at bottom onto Contour trail.

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A little bit more single track, old Gunny Spur of the CT

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WCU Campus, take any route thru town, you made the Loop!

Gunny Loopy Loop

Howdy Loopy Loopers!

We are still on. Still August 31st, 4:AM start in Gunny.

I’m a bit behind on some on the ground, route checking for a couple sections of the Biggie Loop, but the Shortie is set to jet. I’ll get GPX links up ASAP, but route maps are available here.

Shortie Loop Route Map:https://www.plotaroute.com/route/874802?units=miles

Biggie Loop Route Map: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/874748?units=miles

Trackleaders is also available for anyone interested. I’m not requiring it, but it is fun.

https://form.jotform.com/trackleaders/loopyloop19

There will be an unofficial gathering Friday night before the race, I’ll let y’all know where as we get a bit closer.

Let me know if anyone has questions, I’ll do my best to get you up to speed.

Life is Crazy

Hot damn my life is crazy.

Got married last weekend, its was great. The monsoon pattern tipped just enough in our favor, the sky cleared and we had a lovely ceremony and a great party filled with family and friends. So much good food, lovely people, lots of beer and champagne, and dancing! Such good times!

Since life is back to normal, I mean crazy. Working two jobs, so up at 6:AM one day, 3:AM the next, then 4:AM again and again, 10 hour days, 15 hour days, working so hard it makes my head spin. All those days I come home to baby duty, which is a serious job in of itself. There isn’t much down time, there just isn’t much Time At All. Things like riding my bike, stretching, and sleeping have gotten chomped up and spit out into tiny little slices that sometimes never happen. I am often grumpy, exhausted and stiff as a board. It Is Hard.

I also love my girls so much, and the love is so strong it threads its way into my bones, becoming a part of me. I can’t imagine going back to living my life as selfishly as I once did. Life has changed that is for sure, mostly it is a change that I welcome and embrace, but damn it is hard.

Sometimes the hardest part is trying to do something other than work, baby, and maybe sleep. But I’m not really the type to be ok with just that. I need to try harder to squeeze in bike rides, yoga sessions(even if just a few minutes), dog walks, and also still dreaming some dreams! I’ve had dark moments when I though about giving up on big bike rides, races and the Loopy Loop, but I have to keep trying to make it all happen. Even if sleeping gets sacrificed, I’m not gonna just eat, sleep, work.

So the Loopy Loop is still on, still August 31st at 4:AM in Gunny. I might not get the routes perfectly mapped and GPS’ed, I might not be able to flash the route as I wanted, but we are on. The routes are sweet, brutal slices of Gunny High Country. I’m so excited, hope some of you are too. So much gorgeous terrain, amazing trails, and so much ass kicking, its gonna be damn crazy good times!

 

 

Party Ride

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Yesterday I threw myself a bachelor party. Just me and my Walty single speed with miles and miles of trails and roads ahead of my front tire. It was so gorgeous out there, the flowers and hillsides sang with the glory of summer. The weather was fairly solid with only a bit of rain drops and dark sky obscuring the otherwise a perfect blue glow. The trails were mostly dry and clear, with only a handful of other users out there. Damn near perfect conditions for a big one.

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Still it was a tough day.

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Turns out only riding consistently once a week doesn’t do much for ones fitness. My mind knows how to make this body work, so I got it done, but oh how it hurt. My legs were filled with lead, hot burning lead. My back was filled with rocks that only got sharper and sharper with every climb and descent, and my hands became clumsy and painful blocks of flesh with all the rowdy trail riding. Choosing my single speed may not have been smart, but once this ride came to light I started craving simplicity.

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I have been burning to ride big and long, I do miss the time to get on the bike and ride all day. There is such wonderful meditation to be found out pedaling your bicycle for hours and hours on end and nothing brings all my mental loose ends together like a lot of saddle time. It was a great day to contemplate and reflect on this crazy life and the many changes, ups and downs that are coming at me. In the normal everyday existence I tend to get frustrated and end up feeling restrained and unable to keep everything that has changed in perspective. Getting way out there, all by myself, and putting a bit of suffering into the mix, really brings a whole lot of clarity to my head.

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The result is a whole new appreciation for this life I am living. I am so incredibly excited to get married this coming Saturday to my best friend. I am overwhelmed with joy and wonder; watching, learning, teaching, and growing with my daughter. Its hard to find the right balance, its is also hard to let go of the old former life. I do miss these long all day solo rides, I used to do them quite often. Yet yesterday on my ride, I missed my family. I could picture Lilly’s laughing face, I could hear Rach singing sweetly to her. I loved being out there, pressing my body hard against my limits, feeling the raw power of being outside, taking in the mountains, but I could hardly wait to get home and see, hear, and touch my loved ones.

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Life isn’t easy and finding the right balance is a challenge that might never feel completed. Sometimes it is exhausting how much work it is to keep things on an even keel and out of the red. Much like love, life isn’t ever gonna be easy, the task is never done, it is constant effort, work, and dedication that keeps in going in a positive direction. Hot Damn it is sometimes so Hard! And sometimes its a party you throw for yourself, alone out in the woods.

 

 

 

2019 Gunny Loopy Loop Biggie Cues

Final draft of the 2019 Biggie Loopy Loop Cues. All Milages Are Approximate. I would suggest using a GPX track as well as the cues for reference. GPX tracks will be forthcoming,

*Group Start: Downtown Gunnison, IOOF Park/Corner of Main St/HWY135 and Virginia.

August 31, 4:AM.

Any route thru Gunny is fine, just end up on Airport Rd to CR39, Bike Path to Mergilman Pond, Then CR38/Gold Basin Rd. Grand Depart will have a Neutral Group Start to CR38.

As road begins to climb look for large dirt parking lot on right @~4 miles. Welcome to Hartman’s Rocks. *****(Best to preview the trails the route takes so as to make the many turns smoother)****

Climb Jacks Trail, starts just past bathroom. Hartmans section is basically going Jacks, Becks, Rocky Ridge, Broken Shovel, BLM3565 to 3550, to Back In, BLM 3575 to Outback, BLM3550 down to Skull By Pass. Cross Beaver Creek on bridge, Aberdeen Access Trail to East Aberdeen, to BLM3054 to Pole Creek Rd, To Willow Creak Rd3043, to HWY149, to Hwy 50 going East.

@~mile28.5 turn Left Onto N Beaver Creek RD/726, steep gravel road above trailer home, climb, drop into drainage, turn right on FS726 and climb for a while, like 16 miles!

Stay on main road, climb forever. Top out in one of my favorite spots, Holy Smokes!!! Roll along for bit, road dead ends@~mile45, look for vague FS Trail Little Mill Crk dropping off to the right thru the grass into the dark timber. Descend Steeply, super rugged and fun descent. T with Canal Trail, turn left, pass beaver pond/erosion. After less than a half a mile look for a trail dropping off to the right. Descends steeply for about a mile to Mill Creek RD3118, take right, all the way to paved Ohio Creek Rd/CR730 @mile 52, turn left and head north on good paved road. Pavement Ends, Continue straight/North on towards Ohio Pass on RD 730. Look for great little spring on your right, ~mile 59.4, after a small downhill, still on wide gravel road, tucked in a bit, but hard to miss.

Begin the climb up Ohio Pass, @ mile 67.8, just before steep switchback look for dirt road going off to the right/east, Carbon Creek Road. Take Road to Carbon Creek Trail. Take Carbon Creek to Baxter’s Gulch, Climb/Descend to HWY 135, Turn Left, Descend into Crested Butte @~mile 75. Take any route thru CB. You will exit Crested Butte on Butte Ave, to the Lower Loop. Take the Road, to the Lower Loop Singletrack. Don’t stress, any Route out to Gunsight Bridge is fine. Cross Bridge, Climb Up to Slate River RD734, turn Left/North and climb. Climb switchbacks, continue on 734 to Paradise Divide and then onto 317. Climb up to top of Scholfield Pass, @~mile 89 take Trl 401, climb and descend back to Rustlers Gulch317.3c and out to Gothic RD317. Take Main Rd/Gothic RD/317 all the way to Mt. Crested Butte. @~mile 102.5 Take Treasury Rd to Emmons RD to MT CB base area. Climb single track, Lower West Side, just past/below ski lifts. (Any route to Hunter Hill Rd is Fine.) To Hunter Hill Access Trl, To Hunter Hill RD to Upper Upper Trl, Stay Left on main trail, lots of user trails in area. Take Upper Upper/Bridges all the way to Brush Creek RD 738. Either Old Upper Upper or Bridges are acceptable to get to Brush.

@~mile 107.5 Take Brush Creek Rd 738, @~mile 112.4, look for single track going straight at switchback, “death Pass/trl409.1a” take trail, staying on Road is fine, but longer, more climbing. At~114+mile, turn Right onto Block n Tackle Trail 545, take BNT trail up and over to Cement Crk Trail 612, go Right/South. @~123miles hit Cement Creek Road at switchback, turn Left, Cross Creek on Bridge and Climb. After less than .5 mile, turn off Road onto wide single track “short cut” to Reno Road. Hit Reno Road, turn Right & Climb to top. @mile~127, hit top, look for Flag Creek Trl422, straight ahead dropping off other side. Descend! Hit intersection in trees, turn Right, drop and cross creek. Now on Bear Creek TRl 415. Climb trail to dead end road, take road back onto Bear Creek Trail 415 part II, descend! @136 miles hit 3 way intersection. Turn Left/South onto lower Deadmans, descend crossing the creek many times. Hit intersection with Rosebud Trl, turn left and cross gate and creek get onto rough rocky road744.2c, for about a mile.

@T with Spring Crk Road 744, turn Left and climb slightly on wide gravel road. @mile141, turn Right onto Rocky Brook RD 748, soon climb a bit more steeply. @~144miles, almost to the top of climb, turn Right onto Dustin Gulch RD746, then Matchless Trl413, .5 mile later. Climb Matchless Trl to DR’s Park Trail @Mile146.5, turn Left onto Dr’s Trl424. Climb and descend N/E towards Dinner Station/Taylor Park. Cross Taylor River on Bridge. Take Trl 600 along a few campground areas, paralleling the main road on your Left. T into Taylor Rd 742, turn Right/South for about a mile, turn Left onto FS RD 671, can be gated. Climb 671, good road for quite a while, gets steeper, rockier towards the top.

Road 671 ends, steep trail continues towards Timberline trail, Climb, Hike a Bike!!! take Right/South onto Timberline Trl 414, roll along. Look for easy to miss intersection with Texas Ridge Trl 571. Take Texas Ridge Trl, faint at times, but so much fun! Eventually T into Road, go Left onto 755.1C, curves around and drops to Texas Creek Rd 755, turn Right onto 755, take indirect road out to Taylor Rd 742, turn Left/South. Take 742 to Taylor Park Trading Post, Resupply!

Very Briefly head towards Tin Cup on 55/765, look for RD 752/Union Park RD, across from Trading Post. Climb, descend into Union Park. Stay on 752 till intersection with RD764/Slaughterhouse Gulch RD, Turn Left. Roll along, @~mile185.6 Intersect Cumberland Pass RD 765. Turn Left and descend briefly.(Tin Cup slightly off route/straight ahead, food might be available.)

Look for CR765N just past Tin Cup Cemetery/Middle Willow Crk Rd/Continue on FSR953/FT540/Napoleon Pass Rd, turn Right and Climb Pass. Water, lots of water, also very Steep!!! At top of pass look for really steep, stupid steep OHV trail going straight to the east. Climb to first bench, look for vague trail on the left. Tin Cup Intercept! This is a very faint trail, it is on MTBproject if you want a preview. Follow faint trail/cairns around hillside, thru pass and over to Tin Cup Pass. This trail is skinny and barely there, and so freaking cool! T into Tin Cup Pass Rd/267, descend to @~mile193, look for trail headed off to the Right/West, Tunnel Lakes/CDT/TRL1439. Take Trail to Alpine TunnelTRL/839, Descend past Tunnel on old railroad grade, Road washed out in spots.

@~Mile201, the Alpine Tunnel RD switchbacks hard right, Turn Left Instead!!! and Climb to Tomichi Pass. Pass is washed out, use caution crossing scree fields. Climb! Descend other side of Tomichi Pass for just a bit, look for Canyon Crk Trl on the Right. Take Trail, Hike a bike up to 12,578′!!!! Top Out @~Mile204.3. Descend Canyon Creek Trail. @~Mile 214 Canyon Creek Trl Turns and climbs out of drainage. Instead stay in drainage and follow old trail along creek for another mile or so, turn left and hike out along fence line. Both routes out of Canyon Crk are fine, but the old trail is nicer!

@~Mile215 Hit RD888/White Pine RD, Turn Right onto wide gravel road. @~Mile217, turn hard left and begin climbing Old Monarch Pass. Good, but long climb up to the Divide! @~Mile227 Top Out on Old Monarch. Descend a Tiny Bit of the other side, look for trail on Right/South. Take Trl 531/MonarchRidge Trl from Old Monarch to Monarch Pass. Drop onto HWY50, Cross HWY carefully and climb to Gondola. (possible food in Crest building!) Take Crest Trail/CDT from just above the Gondola. Stay on Crest Trail all the way to Agate Creek Trail484. Descend!!!, Cross a million creeks, get wet, be happy! Take Agate all the way, Climb out to HWY 50. Descend HWY50, be careful!!!

Pass RD 888 on right, just before a CDOT shed, look for right turn @~Mile248, leave HWY50, Climb RD819, Daly Gulch. (Sargents just 1 mile off route, further on HWY 50.) Look for Trail 537/Quakey Mtn Trl on Right, Take Trail to Black Sage Pass/RD 887. Descend Pass west Towards Waunita Park. Look For Road 763/Waunita Pass Rd. Climb Up and Over Pass to Pitkin. Any path thru Pitkin in ok. But leave on Paved CR76 towards Ohio City. @~Mile277 hit Ohio City, Turn Right and Climb Gold Creek RD/771 all the way to Gold Creek Campground. Rejoin Shortie Loop.

Pass Campground on right, continue straight /North on rough rocky single track. After about .5 mile, go left on Fossil Ridge Trl478. Climb and climb, then roll and descend and climb, over and over. Rough, rugged and beautiful. After long rolling descent into McIntyre Gulch, stay Right, then look for Beaver/McIntyre Trl 472, a rolling 4wheeler Trl. T into One Mile RD 586, turn Left and climb. Top out on nice saddle. Descend Lost Canyon Rd743 for just .5 of a mile!!! At unmarked/gated road intersection look for faint trail paralleling main road on other side of creek, just past green gate. Old Gunnison Spur of the CT. Descend fun/faint old cow trail. Hit Road, go straight across and follow along on fence line trail. Top out and hop wire gate @~mile300, Look for Road604.1a just to the right. Descend. At T, turn Right, then immediately left and climb up to ridge. Stay on ridge/Signal Mesa on good BLM road 3108.

@mile~305, look for North Woods Trail to drop off to the right. Take Unmarked but well used trail. Cross roads many times, stay on trail(s) North Woods to Shoestring. @mile~308.5 merge with double track onto ridge, follow track for about 1.4 miles, after steep descent look for trail dropping off ridge to the Left/South, Rasta Gulch. Descend, T into Contour Trail 3213, go Right, follow, then drop down old road, look for bit of trail dropping to another road, cross fence onto WSCU’s campus. Take any path thru town back to IOOF park. Congrats, you have Loopy Looped!