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Green Ridge Trail, CO Labor Day Weekend

Old 09-07-2011, 11:52 AM
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Green Ridge Trail, CO Labor Day Weekend

The girlfriend, dog, and I took a spur of the moment camping/ wheeling trip last weekend on the Green Ridge Trail west of Fort Collins. I hadn't ever been on the trail before and I hadn't really ever heard anything about it, so I decided to go exploring.

We headed out Saturday afternoon and got to the trail head around 3pm. The trail starts right at Chambers Lake and winds past several smaller lakes and marshes in the beginning. As much mud and water as we encountered, I would imagine a winch would almost be a necessity in the weeks following the initial snow melt off. I couldn't really figure out where all the water was coming from; the meadows would be dry and sun baked, but as soon as you went into the woods, it was water/mud fest (to Colorado standards of course).

Did I mention water?

We camped about 5 miles in the first night. Altimeter said it was about 9k feet and it got COLD that night. Dog water dish was frozen solid the next morning.

Packed up and ready to go:

The only technical rock section:

Bear Tracks:

We ended up only seeing one other jeep on the trail and a few atvs/bikes here and there until we got to the Red Feather Lakes side, then there were about a million idiots running around on quads. The trail didn't have anything all that challenging but had some great views and was uncrowded for a holiday weekend. It probably could be done in a stock vehicle, but some of the mud holes definitely needed some ground clearance to get out of. Winch or other trucks definitely recommended for early season runs.

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Looks like a fun trail to do. Im always lookin for a new Colorado trail.
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good stuff, you truck looks good too.
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looks like you had some great weather for the trip. The truck looks great, I'll have to get up there and check it out this summer.
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