Originally Posted by boywonder
Originally Posted by JoeH
How about camp off the road to Hotel Draw or near Hermosa TH. Shuttle to Bolam Pass. Colorado Trail up and over Blackhawk Pass to Corral Draw. Down that to Hermosa Creek. Climb Hermosa back to camp or with a longer shuttle finish all the way out Hermosa. Tasty. Maybe in June before the monsoon thunderstorm season kicks in.
How many miles is that loop?......I'll bring my KTM.......
22 miles if you climb the 3 miles back up Hermosa but it's a long back-country ride for sure. Blackhawk is a burly climb but the downhill to Hotel Draw is awesome and then it's only another 3 miles to Corral Draw which is 5 miles of 10" wide trail dropping through meadows and along a ridgeline to Hermosa. People forget there's a fairly lengthy climb on the traditional Hermosa Creek ride as well. Anyhow, all kind's of options in that area.
I did an awesome version of Blackhawk last summer with the guy who built most of Phil's World. My mtbr thread here: http://forums.mtbr.com/arizona/two-moun ... 59583.html
Gooseberry is a logical place to circle the wagons. Great camping and riding right out the door with all kinds of options and bail outs. Much less committing than Durango. Or, a fun social ride on Rainbow Rim.