So we conquered these two passes this past Sunday and it was….Cold, a little windy and a bit of mud still left up on Cochetopa. But it was awesome. We started outside of Saguache on Hwy 114 with a longish lead into the climb of North. The shoulder of the road is a little narrow to start but then widens out nicely when you start to climb. Over the top we went and about five miles down to county road 17, made a left on to the dirt heading for county road 14 and Cochetopa. The road was is such good condition that we stayed on our road bikes all the way to the top of Cochetopa. At the top the dirt road turned into a bit of mush this time of year so we swapped over to our Mountain bikes for the descent all the way back down to Hwy 114 for an awesome loop.
The descent down off Cochetopa was one of the most beautiful places I have seen. It is well worth getting to these two passes and I would say they would be good in either direction.
So 4 of us conquered Wolf Creek pass this past Saturday. What a beautiful day we had!. It was about 50 degrees when we started on the Soutfork side of the pass with the sun shining on us. The road was great heading up with plenty of snow and water falls flowing with melting snow. There was so much snow still up at Wolf Creek Ski area that Dave was wishing he had brought his skis too. We had stashed some extra clothes at the Summit, but the weather was so nice we didn’t need them. The downhill wasn’t as fast as we thought it would be due to a pretty strong head wind.
The weather in Pagosa Springs when we rolled into town was awesome and about 60 degrees. We ate at a great little joint called Kips right on the main drag as you enter town. Burgers, Taco’s and beer were ordered and then the trash talking began. Mostly about me not having any shoes to wear!
Definitely go ride this one it is well worth the time.
I rode Hoosier pass last week from the Breckenridge side to the top with a friend. It’s nice to be riding up high again as the weather is getting so nice here in the high country. Shoulder is a little narrow heading out of Breck but the climb has plenty of room and the views are great.
I have been up to the top of Boreas from the Breckenridge side twice in the past few days. Snow is clear to the top and the riding is nice. Extra nice piece is the road is still closed to cars right now. So get on up there and give it a ride!