Photo Albums

2014 - Off-Road Riding

Last season I was out riding with a friend and he showed me a campsite with some great off-road trails. The place was called Camp Dick and its located in the Rosevelt National Forest. I pledge right then and there to return with my 1975 Suzuki TS250 and ride those trails. 

I convinced my father to join me on the ride so that he and I had backup if one of us broke down. We left for camp two days after it was supposed to open in 2014. The ride there was actually very eventful as many of the roads have not yet been repaired after the terrible flooding of 2013. 

We got to Camp Dick only to find that it is still closed due to recent snow fall. While this was unfortanate, we did make the most of it and did a couple mile hike to the campsite and up the trails to see what they look like. 

While there we found a trail map which showed that just north there was another section of off-road trails. We road up that way and found the those trails were actually open. At the start of the trail we found a guy on a KTM just about to start. He confirmed that the trail was open, was publicly accessible, and they we would be able to go a "little further" before the trail became to rough for us on those bikes (me on the Suzuki TS250, my father on his Kawasaki KLR).

Not sure what to expect, my father and I set off on the trail. It was an absolute blast. After about 3 iles of riding we were at the end. It was mostly down hill. At that point my father took a route out to a paved road and I road back up the trail we had taken down. It was a BLAST!

Both bikes made it just fine. Neither of us took any spills or got stuck. We were not going nearly as fast as that KTM guy but we made it and had a lot of fun in the process. 

The trail we were on joined up with the Camp Dick trail further to the south. We did not explore that part. Perhaps that section gets too rough for streetable bikes. I plan to find out the next time I go back, and I will definately be going back.

Pictures

Preview Image Size
SmllMedLrg
The flooding ruined many road. This was had been paved, but was temporarily repaired with gravel
SmllMedLrg
SmllMedLrg
SmllMedLrg
SmllMedLrg
SmllMedLrg
guard rail ripped apart by debris in the water
SmllMedLrg
SmllMedLrg
SmllMedLrg
Utica CO, an interesting place on the way to Camp Dick
SmllMedLrg
SmllMedLrg
SmllMedLrg
Beautiful vista
SmllMedLrg
SmllMedLrg
Camp Dick is at 8,200 feet above sea level. The temperature dropped considerably
SmllMedLrg
SmllMedLrg
they were still making repairs at the campsite. It was still closed
SmllMedLrg
nice campsites though
SmllMedLrg
SmllMedLrg
pretty bird
SmllMedLrg
SmllMedLrg
SmllMedLrg
SmllMedLrg
We ended up riding the Bunce School road section on the NE part of the map
SmllMedLrg
SmllMedLrg
SmllMedLrg
SmllMedLrg
SmllMedLrg
The off-road trail immediately leaving the campsite
SmllMedLrg
yeah, still some snow on the trail
SmllMedLrg
Bunce School road, we found a random shooting range on the trail
SmllMedLrg
easy section leading to a clearing. I didn't stop for pictures on the more difficult sections
SmllMedLrg
bikes hosed off and cleaned up

Add Picture Comments
Contact Us | ©2014 Me | Page best viewed with Chromium