Snow Closes Mount Evans

So, I ran into a couple of guys today in Idaho Springs, and we attempted to ride up Little Bear Creek, to Squaw Pass, to Mount Evans. But Mount Evans was closed, due to the snow that they got over the weekend.

So, yeah. You read that right. Mt Evans was closed today and we couldn't get up there. June 24th. That happened.

Snowstorm closes Mount Evans for first weekend of the summer.

Also, Trail Ridge Road is closed again, as they can't seem to keep that pass open either.


Posted by Rob Kiser on June 24, 2019 at 9:57 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Snow Closes Trail Ridge Road

So, looks like we got some more snow today and it closed Trail Ridge Road.


Posted by Rob Kiser on June 22, 2019 at 7:38 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Chinn's Reservoir

Today, I decided to eat in Idaho Springs, and then try riding my bike (AT) up to some of the lakes above Alice and St Mary's Glacier.

First, I tried to make it to Chinn's Lake/Sherwin Lake, but it was crazy steep, with a river of melting snow coming down the trail, so I turned back without making it to Chinn's. I'm reasonably sure it's still snowed in. Massive piles of snow on the sides of the road.

Then, I tried to make it to Fall River Reservoir. I saw a guy come down on an ATV, and he said it was open. So, I tried to make it up to Fall River Reservoir, but I came to a place that was snowed in across the road about 2'-3' high...a berm of snow, and I decided not to try to cross that. But, reportedly, the lake is just on the other side of it, and you can walk to it from there.

So, I turned back, and then decided to try to make it up to Loch Lomond. The first gate that I came to was opened, and so I kept riding, but the road was a lot rougher than I remembered. It started raining on me pretty hard, so I turned back. I'm not clear if it's possible to make it to Loch Lomond or not. But they are forecast for more snow this weekend, if you can believe it.


Posted by Rob Kiser on June 20, 2019 at 9:19 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Mark and Molly in Denver

Mark and Molly flew out to Denver last week. They flew in last week some time, and then flew out yesterday (Wed) to go to Portland and see Lilly and Wes. We went hiking one day up in Boulder w Jen, Sarah, Me, Mark, and Molly. Then, one day this week, we went to the Denver Botanical Gardens. There is, apparently, a bar down in Denver where they root for Mississippi State, for whatever reason.

Yazoo BBQ Company, 2150 Broadway, Denver


Posted by Rob Kiser on June 20, 2019 at 9:11 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Rocky Mountain National Park

So, today I rode up the peak-to-peak highwy on the AT, through Rocky Mountain National Park, and back through Grand Lake, Granby, Winter Park, Empire, etc.

They had some kind of festival going on in Estes Park. I'm not clear why, but they wrapped the trees in knitted scarves, for some reason. I took some photos at the Stanley Hotel, famous from the movie The Shining.

Then, off through Rocky Mountain National Park. RMNP wasn't bad, but they charged me $25. There used to be a discount for motorcycles. Not any more, it seems.

I asked the woman when they opened Trail Ridge Road, she said "Memorial Day weekend" and I was like..."No...not even close."

This says they opened Trail Ridge Road on Wed June 5th at noon. So, it's been open 8 days, apparently.

I stopped near the summit to get some photos of the AT with ridiculous snow.

Then stopped at the visitor center and asked them where we cross the Continental Divide. They said it was a few miles down the road. Sure enough, this time I stopped and got my photo taken at Milner Pass. I don't believe I've ever stopped here before.

This time I managed to get through the park without getting ticketed/towed to Granby.

I looked for the tow company that towed my bike last time, but I couldn't find it. I suspect it's closed.

Once I got out of Granby, there were scattered thunderstorms, and it rained on me some around Granby and Winter Park. When I crossed the Continental Divide the 2nd time (Berthoud Pass), I thought I would lose my hands it was so cold. And I'm wearing ski gloves, not motorcycle gloves.

But once I crossed Berthoud Pass, as I descended, I warmed up and my hands thawed out. My bike said that, at the summit of Berthoud Pass, the air temp was in the 40's.

Then, I went to Evergreen to check on the elk, but I didn't see any elk this evening. Not clear why.

Here's my route today. Looks like I went about 230 miles or so.


Posted by Rob Kiser on June 13, 2019 at 10:14 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink