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trail ridge road - coloradostritz
Nov 3, 2003 8:14 AM
Has anyone ridden from Granby to Estses Park on the Trail ridge Road? Planning a vacation for next summer and looking for some info.
re: trail ridge road - coloradogodot
Nov 3, 2003 8:25 AM
I've ridden from Estes to the top and back. Long grind, not really all that steep. Also been up fall river road on the Estes side, which is a great mtb or cyclo-cross ride.

Now for the aimless rambling.....
Don't do it on a weekend, too much traffic, lots of RV's.

Be very careful with weather. I'd try and be off the top before noon, when the daily summer showers hit. The top is really exposed, and regularly gets high winds, which make some of the more exposed drop-offs a bit more intimidating.

There is a snack bar near the top if you need to top off water or get some food.

I'd also spend a couple of days getting used to the altitude before trying it.

All in all, it's a fun ride, just be careful.

Another good ride from Granby would be to head south to Winter Park and then up Berthoud Pass.

Anything else you'd like to know?
yup...though I rode the other way...ColnagoFE
Nov 3, 2003 8:46 AM
pretty prepared for any weather and bring warm clothes even if it's 90 at the bottom. very pretty ride but can be lots of traffic. i recommend you do it earlier in the day befor the RVs start really rolling up. You could stay in Estes overnite then ride the Peak to Peak into Boulder if you have the time. Another pretty ride.
re: trail ridge road - coloradoLO McDuff
Nov 3, 2003 8:52 AM
Ditto on everything that Mr. Godot said. Get an early start in the morning. The traffic should be a little lighter going from Grand Lake to Estes. Road conditions can vary depending on when in the summer you go. For example, there can be some re-freezing of snowmelt on the road surface in late-May/June.

Avoid the weeks around the Fourth of July. Crowds around Memorial Day are generally lighter than Labor Day.

Be prepared for ANY weather.

Have fun
re: trail ridge road - coloradoCurtSD
Nov 3, 2003 4:31 PM
Be sure to take lots of water. It's proably not as much of an issue going west->east, but the only potable water in RMNP is at the Alpine Visitor's Center. Remember that you'll be drinking a lot more water at altitude than you do at sea level.
Great Colorado Ridecrosstrail
Nov 3, 2003 10:02 AM
On a Saturday in July a few years ago, I rode Trail Ridge Road from the Granby side park entrance to the Estes Park side park entrance and back. Still one of my favorite rides.

The climb from Granby starts gradual, moving up a moose-inhabited river valley for several miles before turning more vertical. Even then it never gets really steep. Just a long Colorado climb at altitude. With an early start, I remember seeing only a couple of cars.

After clearing treeline, there's a Visitor's Center with food, drink and other amenities and then a nice stretch of alpine rollers surrounded by snow capped peaks. Much of this stretch is around 11,000 to 12,000 feet. The descent towards Estes Park is long, fast and fun. There was more traffic by then, but it was almost all going the opposite direction (up and west). Back in a valley, you can stop to check out beaver dams and a natural salt lick. Just watch out for big horn sheep!

Agree with others regarding the weather. Plan your ride to be below treeline by noon. We regularly get afternoon thunderstorms that move pretty fast, generally from the west. And there's not much cover above treeline.

I think I've got more detailed distance, elevation and time info somewhere, if you're interested.

Nice to think of that ride on a cold, wintry Monday morning. Thanks. Have fun.
do they charge bikes to ride through the park? (nm)colorider
Nov 3, 2003 1:52 PM
cyclists are $5, good for 7 days (if i remember correctly) (nm)godot
Nov 3, 2003 2:22 PM