In the shadow of Pikes Peak
The goal was to reach Catamount Reservoir, then just ride around for a while. Since Catamount wasn't open yet, we had the trails and roads to ourselves. Nick was taking waypoints on the GPS and comparing to the map, so we knew where we were on the mountain's slopes. Finally, we hooked back into the Ring the Peak trail and decided it was time to turn around. Nick wanted to go a little farther, but I was starting to get tired. It would be mostly downhill back to the car, but there were some long, sustained climbs to conquer first. We'd had a good ride and learned some new double and single track trails. It was such a great day - a little nippy, but just wonderful riding weather. In the end, we timed things perfectly. After we got off the mountain, the clouds started descending and snowflakes started flying!
|Starting out in the morning - kinda chilly at 9000 feet!|
|View from South Catamount Dam|
|Nick verifying our location on the map|
|Riding among the Aspens on the Ring the Peak Trail|