Sunday, September 25, 2011
After my float down the Colorado River in the afternoon, I came home and relaxed for a little while. About an hour before sunset I decided to head out and do a little mountain biking near home. Not too far away is a part of the Old Spanish Trail, and it’s open to bikes, so I headed over there for a short and easy ride as the sun was setting. I took a few photos along the way…
The shadows were starting to get long when I started.
Old Spanish Trail
Plenty of signs along the way to keep you on the right track.
It’s a pretty desolate-looking area….and only a few miles from home.
Part of an old road through the badlands….the Grand Mesa peeking up in the background.
The trail connected up with the Gunnison Bluffs Trail for a little bit where I had a view down onto the Gunnison River.
Grand Valley View
View of the Grand Valley from where I turned around. I could have gone just a little further, but would have just ended up in a subdivision.
Since I wasn’t planning on going anywhere with the Jeep today, I decided to get up early and head over to the Kokopelli bike trails near Loma to check out a popular trail named Rustler’s Loop. It was a great 3.5 mile loop with excellent views over Horsethief Canyon and the Colorado River. Here’s a few pictures from along the way….
Sun coming up over the Grand Valley
Nice overlook over the Colorado. The trail follows the edge of the bench below
It was a great way to start the day! Now it’s time to get some yard work done around the house….
After work I decided to head out on my first mountain bike ride of the season. I ended up heading to the Spanish Trail and Gunnison Bluffs area and rode one of the loops. Here’s a few photos from my ride…
At the trailhead with my new, but temporary bike rack. The spare tire bike rack I had on my XJ would not fit on the JK.
Gunnison River below
What a great day! Amanda and I woke up early this morning and headed over to McDonald Creek for a little hiking. This is a nice easy hike that starts out near Castle Rocks and then heads down to the Colorado River.
There are also some pictographs along the canyon.
I decided to take my bike out for a short ride on the Gunnison Bluffs trail that is only a few miles from home. Amanda and I hiked part of this trail last spring, so I knew it would be relative mild to test out my bike off-road.
Start of the trail, headed towards the Gunnison
Grand Mesa in the background
Gunnison River below