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    Trail Ridge East (RMNP)

    Wondering if any Estes Park or Denver locals can advise if Highway 36 from Estes park to Trail Ridge highpoint (18 miles) can be ridden now? I've got a 24hr layover in Denver next weekend & would like to check off this climb if the road is clear. Thanks

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    I spoke to the rangers and trail ridge is clear but not open to cars, and not open all the way over. I think he said 12 miles up from the Estes side. Call the park, they will tell you the most up to date info.
    Ps weather reports from Denver show fresh snow in Estes Park. Today (Friday)
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    Thanks. The ride I was looking at doing is listed as ending 18 miles from Estes Park so I guess it's a little too early. Cheers

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    I read today (newspaper), Trail Ridge should be open next weekend.

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    They opened the whole thing this morning.

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    Game on then. Thx

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    Anyone done the ride from Grand Lake to Estes Park, and back? A couple of us from Steamboat are set to tackle this route on Saturday. We plan on starting in Gand Lake around 9am. It measures +-90 miles and lots of vert. Should be fun.

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    2012 - Trail Ridge Road Opening May 14th | 303Cycling News

    Be sure to watch the video from 2011.

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    2011 was a totally different snow year than we had this year. Last year at this time we were still skiing here in steamboat and summer looked long off. This year we (I) quit skiing in march and started riding Singletrack the first week of April.

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    Snowpack in the South Platte RIver Basin (in which the east side of RMNP is located) is about 20% of average. Snowpack/drought/runoff news: South Platte River basin snowpack drops under 20% of average Coyote Gulch
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbsbiker View Post
    Anyone done the ride from Grand Lake to Estes Park, and back? A couple of us from Steamboat are set to tackle this route on Saturday. We plan on starting in Gand Lake around 9am. It measures +-90 miles and lots of vert. Should be fun.
    I've ridden it from both ways--the Grand Lake side is easier. Be careful of the greyhairs in RVs later in the day--start early.
    "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark." -S. Hawking

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