Wow it's beautiful up there!Yesterday we went up to an iconic Colorado trail known as Holy Cross City in the White River National Forest for some product testing . This was a bucket list trail for me that I first completed two summers ago in a big group. I thought we were going to have more in our group yesterday but after a lot of folks bailed, it was down to just three of us hitting one of the more challenging trails around in questionable conditions. We weren't sure what the weather would be like nor how much snow was already up there. Although it was cloudy with highs in the upper 30s up top, it was still pleasant due to the fact that there was no wind. This trail will be completely snowed in soon and inaccessible until June or July.
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This is the first obstacle known as "The Knotch". Unfortunately we had to winch up this obstacle. It was just too slippery from the partially melted snow and ice. We also didn't try too long since the group of Jeeps were nice enough to let us through. Besides a few hikers, they were the only other people that we saw on the trail all day.
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This is known as the French Creek Crossing. The exit of the creek crossing is no joke. Unfortunately I didn't take a good photo of the exit. In the summer, the water is a lot deeper adding to the fun.
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Zbroz dual rate spring kit flexing! Full skid package highly recommended on this trail.
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This is the last obstacle before you get up to the Holy Cross City ghost town right at tree line, 11,427'. It's hard to believe around 300 people lived in this mining town year round in the 1880s. There are only two buildings still standing. You couldn't have paid me enough money to live up there through the winter in the 1880s, not even today! The peak of "The Mount of the Holy Cross" is just out of sight in the clouds.
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Just above the rocky trail in the center of this photo is the the obstacle known as "Cleveland Rock". Cleveland rock is a buggy sized obstacle. I saw a few buggies try it last time I was up there and only the rig with 42" BFG Red Label stickies made it up. Getting up to the obstacle in the snow would have been tricky and then there's very little room to turn around up there so we decided to turn around here. You can see Matt is using a 2wd pivoting technique.
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Me and my buddy Matt right next to Holy Cross City. I met Matt when he came to buy my '18 XPT seen here in the background.
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More testing on the Zbroz dual rate springs coming down one of the obstacles. Good times!
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Some great views on the ride back down.
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This is Homestake reservoir located about 6 miles up a dirt road from the Holy Cross trail head. Some Aspens are still holding onto their yellow leaves before winter gets a good grip. This reservoir is at 10,266' of elevation and sits just a little west of the continental divide. I believe that furthest back peak visible there is Wildcat Mountain.
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After the day I had yesterday……….I thought I would enlarge one of the flags one of our little group was flying
Evidently you didn’t try hard enough! LOL! Yup, the Maze is aMAZEing for sure. I have been to the gotta be nuts, and if you find that, there is you gotta be totally nuts……..NOPE, I didn’t try either one.Here's today's adventure.
For those that haven't seen the section called the Maze, it's a"Maze"ing. You can wonder around in there and play on a 2 seater but most of it is bigger than our machine can do. I didn't find the obstacle called You Have to be Nuts but I found plenty that qualified.