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Centennial Ranch White Cone

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Created/Edited: Nov 14, 2009 / Apr 1, 2011

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Part One: Centennial Cone

 
centennial cone vista
 
I had the day off from work, and saw that there was a big storm heading our way- so I decided to try and get in some riding. I arrived at the trailhead around 10am, just in time to see the only other person there taking off for his ride. It was a brisk morning, but dry, and I soon warmed up as I started to ride.

 
A (slightly) snowy trail
 
The trail was mostly clear, with only a few patches of short snow; all of which was entirely rideable. Not having ridden the cone before, it was a fun new solo experience, and much of the 16 mile loop is quite fast, and seems like it was made for a singlespeed bike. The few sections of semi-technical rock were manageable, as long as you kept your momentum and balance.

 
centennial cone vista
 
Being alone, I was a little more conservative than I if I had been in a group- but I still let the throttle out on some of the faster sections. I also decided to test out all the alternative side loops that this trail had to offer (the sunrise and mayhem loops), and each of them were fast and fun little detours.

Upon arrival at the car I felt only slightly tired, and felt that as long as the weather kept holding I should get in another ride. But where?

White Ranch

 
The first bit of Belcher Hill
 
The last time I rode at White Ranch was about six years ago, in highschool. So I decided to try it again, this time on my new rigid singlespeed 69er. I opted to park at the upper lot, because this was just a mere six mile drive from Centennial Cone.

 
Patchy snow at White Ranch
 
From the lot I headed up on the Belcher Hill Trail and then dropped all the way down to the lower lot. It was a fun downhill with plenty of fun terrain to play around with. The climb back up was find until I hit the longhorn cutoff and decided to try it.
 
Looking out on Golden
 
By this point I was fairly tired, and there were many technical options that demanded a whole lot out of my already fatigued legs. While it was still a good little trail to get back up, I was too tired to enjoy it that much and ended up walking a few of the steeper sections.

 
Approaching the trailhead
 
As I arrived back at the trailhead it had just begun to snow, and I reveled in my perfect timing.

Maps

Google Earth files of the rides (and map overlays) can be found here:
Centennial Cone: http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1278172
White Ranch: http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Main=850402&Number=1278171#Post1278171

Images

A (slightly) snowy trailcentennial cone vistaCentennial cone in the fogThe first bit of Belcher HillLooking out on GoldenPatchy snow at White RanchApproaching the trailhead

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