We only had one day
in Aspen. Of course we wanted to see this famous ghetto for the very
rich and try some of the singletrack. There proved to be no camping
place nearby so we took into a hotel. We enjoyed the town, not least
because we had a refrigigator, bread toaster, and could cook things we
had not been able to do in the tent. There appeared to be plenty of
fine singletrack around. On-line trail
information is available on Trailmonkey‘s
Page. We only did one ride, as our time was running
out. We did the legendary Government Trail.
Central square in Aspen
Enjoying creature comforts
|The Government Trail is also one of the ‘classic’, well
know Colorado trails, people have been biking it for years.
It is a nice mildly technical trail, mostly downhill if one starts from
We biked up to
Snowmass on road. Oririginally we had intended to do both the Rim
Trail and the Government Trail but by the time we had reached Snowmass
it seemed like a thunderstorm was imminent so we bet on doing the
Government Trail only. We climbed on the narrow paved Wood Road through
an area with outrageosly elegant and expensive houses to Pine Lane.
There we hit a forest road that we followed above some ski slopes until
we reached the Government Trail. The Government Trail winded its way
back to Aspen through forests and meadows, approximately 20 kilometers.
Views were exceptionally beautiful. A few sections demanded some
concentration but most of the ride was simple, most fun at higher
speeds. The last bit down to
Aspen had a few interesting switchbacks.
There was a whole bunch of them in Upper Snowmass
Government Trail singletrack
Passing a stream followed by a technical ascent
Among the Aspens in Aspen
Singletrack twisting between Aspens
One of the last downhill pitches
Would we go back
to Aspen? Yes, the singletrack was fine, we only rode
a little of it. The Rim Trail seemed to be interesting. However, Aspen
costly, the presence of a lot of
extremely rich people was obvious in the large number of
expensive botiques and restuarants. Camping places were far from
the town. It would be a hassle to camp without car, just to get food
and showers. So Aspen would not be our first choice for mountainbiking.
On the other hand, for skiing, it would. Skiing is important to us.
Although it was summer it was obvious to us that Aspen offered some
fantastic runs, steep slopes with powder, right up to the hotel door.