A Ride Up Raspberry Gulch Road in Chaffee County, Colorado - June 7, 2008
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It was a late Saturday morning and my
friends were geared up for another mountain biking adventure. Today, we would begin
at the intersection Chaffee County Road 274 and Raspberry Gulch.
As we traveled west (on Chaffee County Road 272) toward the
mountains, I captured these
two photos of Mt. Antero (top) and
Mt. Princeton (bottom).
Not too shabby!
Special thanks to Stephen, who recently obtained a brand
new mountain bike and allowed me to use his older one. It was definitely an upgrade from
my mountain bike. (NOTE: See me riding the
older bike with Dave in Telluride.)
Stephen's bike was brand spankin' new ... look how clean and shiny it is! :)
We traveled up Raspberry Gulch Road and I do want
to emphasize the word up. It's all uphill into the gulch.
We reached the intersection of Raspberry Gulch Road
and the Colorado Trail. My friends did a loop by taking the Colorado Trail
north (toward Eddy Creek) and returning back on North Eddy Creek Road.
Wanting to be different, I decided to continue up Raspberry Gulch
Road until the road ended another mile farther.
Raspberry Gulch Road ... Very pretty! :)
It was nothing against my friends at all,
but I probably needed to spend some time alone and psychologically,
I wanted to reach the end of the road from an exploration standpoint.
The road has some significant uphill grades and there were just a few people camping along the way.
I stopped to rest along the very peaceful creek.
The road becomes bumpy and 4WD-ish near its end ...
... In fact, there was a large tree laying over the road.
Me with the mountain bike. :)
I made it ... to the end of Raspberry Gulch Road.
A trail continues at this point but I do not know much about this path.
Looking at my topographical map, this looks like a neat start to climb
The ride back down Raspberry Gulch Road was fast and enjoyable.
It was so nice to sit on my butt and let gravity do the work! I arrived close to the
time my friends finished their loop.