Fall is one of the best times to hit the trails. Read more about Michelle‘s adventures on fat tires mountain biking at Curt Gowdy State Park.
Mild weather combined with picturesque backdrops of gold and red leaves, makes fall a great season to keep hitting the dirt and enjoying trails. Warm October weather led me to explore Curt Gowdy State Park (just 24 miles west of Cheyenne) where I enjoyed miles of single track trails. Surrounded by huge granite rocks, tall pines, aspen trees, and 2 lakes makes this park a perfect place to camp for the weekend and ride 2 different trail systems. I headed out for 2 days of off season riding with day one starting at the main trail head within the park. Heading up “stone temple” provided a great climb with great views of the surrounding lake below (this is my favorite trail). Trails like Ignormous, 2%, and ElAlto will make any enduro mountain bike rider smile with delight with steep climbs up towering granite rocks with steep and technical descents mixed in.
The loop for the day included Stone Temple to Pin Ball, then on to Albert’s alley, Morocka (it lived up to its name) and then out on Shoreline. Each large loop has “play areas” to sharpen any skills for mountain bike riders wanting “more practice” from the day. I am constantly working on my technical riding skills and this area offer’s some great places to get that practice in. My big feat was riding a large granite rock that sits at a 45 degree angle without sliding off or pitching over my handlebars…and I was happy to make that without experiencing dirt between my teeth. Day 2 included additional trails on the same loops and then I explored a ompletely new trail system south of the main lake. Seriously fun and epic fall riding!
After riding these great trails this fall I believe I am going to look into racing the Gowdy Grinder Mountain bike race next May. Maybe I will see some fellow Naked Women racers up there with me.