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Red Cone, etc. 9/25

I hit Red Cone with EAD, Trail Rated and his buddy (who I can't for the life of me remember his name). I left early and the group continued on so we'll have to see what they hit.

All I can say about this trail is WOW. You get a little bit of everything from crawling, dodging trees, exposure, steepness and some of the best views you can imagine.. I had a blast- Thanks guys!

I hope the others post their pics!!!

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Some of the aspen narrows


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Great run, soem good pics. I need to get out there soon.

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That was a blast, I never get tired of that area!

Here's a few that we got.

Perdy out there right now!








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Robbie and his friend Patrick




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View from Red Cone (I never get tired of this view)




Back down the valley towards Montezuma






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Dear Creek Trail















How NOT to leave your camp fire , and what we did with it.




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Awesome day in the mountains


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awesome! I wanted to go there yesterday but didn't want to change there being snow up there.

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Awsome scenery wish we had theat here in Az.

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We had a blast today.
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Next time I am up there, I need to run this trail...nice pics...

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Oh man! Makes me a bit home sick.
I've done Redcone a bunch on my dirtbike but never in my Jeep.
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That's absolutely gorgeous.

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How bad is the top of Red Cone, really? Charles Wells' book makes it sound really scary. I'd like to run it, possibly next summer, but my wife and I are typically alone.

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How bad is the top of Red Cone, really? Charles Wells' book makes it sound really scary. I'd like to run it, possibly next summer, but my wife and I are typically alone.
Not bad at all when I was up there. I can see it getting bad if anything got washed out. Just wait for the latest report before you are ready to go and I think you should be fine.
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How bad is the top of Red Cone, really? Charles Wells' book makes it sound really scary. I'd like to run it, possibly next summer, but my wife and I are typically alone.
It's really nothing at all to worry about. I let my daughter drive down it when she was 15 before she had even taken any road lessons.

OK so I had my hand kinda close to the e brake just in case

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I'd run that trail alone on the weekend, there's always plenty of other rigs running it if something happens. During the week maybe it's good to have a buddy along.

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It really doesn't look as bad as Wells book makes it out to be...

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It really doesn't look as bad as Wells book makes it out to be...

True.

The final stretch of the trail has been repaired by filling in and leveling out all of the moguls. At the time Wells wrote the description the final stretch of Red Cone was pretty bad and it was definitely unnerving because the moguls combined with the loose gravel made for a very unstable ride. The moguls were so deep that many 4x4s would lift tires when navigated them.

Today, the final stretch of Red Cone is as smooth as butter when compared to what it was.

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Thanks for the responses, guys. I think it will definitely be on the agenda for next summer!

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It wasn't too bad, a little loose on the second decent. However, combined with the exposure it will probably stiffen you up a little bit; it did me and I'm a heights guy. That was my first time on this trail and the steepest angle I've ever descended. I let first gear handle it with a minor breaking.

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Colorado is nice... I'm so far away.

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How bad is the top of Red Cone, really? Charles Wells' book makes it sound really scary. I'd like to run it, possibly next summer, but my wife and I are typically alone.
I guess it's a bit late to run Red Cone this year. Probably won't clear until late June of 2012.
The steep part used to be major loose with huge whoops. On the motorcycle we would dead engine it down and use the clutch as a rear break (since letting out the clutch would just lock the rear tire). We did that since the bike would wash out and you needed both feet available to keep from ditching.
However, I've heard they groomed it some in recent years which would help a lot.
We would also ride the Thumpers up the steep part. That would require lots of gas and just hang on for dear life over the whoops while the Jeepers looked on and thought we were crazy.
Good times!
I don't think it would be too bad in a Jeep if you just creeped down.
There are some parts early on the trail that seemed pretty technical. I would be curious to know how difficult they are, or if you could navigate around them easily.
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