Matt’s been telling me to ride this route for years and I’ve just now finally gotten to it. I’ve been missing out! Bill, TJ, and I took advantage of a nice, rain-free day last weekend. The route starts on Lime Creek Road.
But this isn’t any old dirt road, it’s a very friendly grade all the way to the top with not too much car traffic. Plus the views all along the way are beautiful!
At the top of the road, we picked up 550 and climbed to Coalbank and picked up the Pass Trail. This is an all around awesome trail. Buff singletrack that makes you think biking above 11,000 foot elevation isn’t so bad. I think we managed to get up to 11,700. I love this trail!!!
We continued to the top and then headed down Engineer Trail, which is a blast. I’ve ridden this section before, but have always concentrated on looking at the trail. Today I decided to look up. I can’t believe what I’d been missing! 360 degree views in some places that simply took my breath away. I didn’t get any shots of those awesome views, you’ll just have to ride it yourself to take it in. I don’t think a photo could really do it justice.
This trail also brought me back to my Santa Fe riding days. The trail was quite plush in sections given all the rain we’ve had.
Lots of stuff to make me smile today.
Thanks to Matt for suggesting this trail! He was out racing in in Wyoming and did quite well. It wasn’t until he took me hiking on Pass Trail that I finally got the clue that I needed to get myself out here. What a reward!