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Old 01-09-2019, 11:00 AM
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Hi all, so I have a CB500x that I do easy trails with and a dirtbike for the more "offroad technical" stuff. Issue is, I have 17in wheels front and back. I can offroad no problem but just need to be on trails that 17in wheels can handle. Do you guys have any recommendations on some nice passes a stock adventure bike can handle? I know most are probably snowed in, but would like to set some plans in the near future. I mean I can do rampart range road, Mt herman, etc

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Old 01-09-2019, 09:02 PM
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Lots of fun passes in the Mineral Belt. They just paved Cottonwood pass outside of Buena Vista and it will be open next spring. You can ride up from BV then loop around Hancock/TinCup and down into Chalk Creek drainage (nice rest stop at Mt Princeton hot springs) and out to Nathrop.

Hagerman pass is pretty easy west of Leadville. You end up in the Frying Pan and then out into Basalt.

East of Leadville, Mosquito Pass is a bit more rocky with lots of switchbacks. Lots of historical mining structures.

Heading up Trout Creek pass out of BV, take a right (south) when you get to Chubb park, pick up forest road 187 thru Castle Rock Gulch, Bassam Park, and Aspen Ridge before you drop into Salida. Easy to get lost back there because of all the roads/trails so make sure you have a good map.

I wouldn’t do Monarch Pass trail on a dual sport adventure bike-too technical. I’ve done the above rides on a KLR650. Fun rides.

Also rode Weston Pass from the Leadville side but it was so long ago, all I remember was that there were a lot of flooded parts of the gravel road due to beaver dams. Nice ride, you come out near FairPlay. Good luck. Ride safe.
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:24 AM
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thanks for this!! I think in this area ill bring my drz400. seems I can find a parking somewhere and ventureoff on the drz
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Old Today, 07:58 PM
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Rampart Range has a lot of good stuff you can connect into. You think you've done it, then there's whole trail systems you didn't know about.

Going around Pikes peak on old stage is a must. There's a lot of offshoot trails there as well and while it's kinda rocky, you can drive almost all the way to the top of Alamagre mountain, a 13er. There's a lot around Canon City as well. You have to drive Skyline drive in Canon City cause it's fun to drive on the top of a knife ridge.
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