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Old 11-25-2011, 10:45 AM
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A group of us are heading out to the Sierra Madres for the first time early this January. Our group has spend a lot of time in the Snowies, and the Horns. There is not a lot of info out there about the Madres, but we are liking what we see so far looking at the topo maps.

How do the Madres compare to these other areas?
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Way smaller area than the Snowies! No real trail system just the highway thru the middle probably a good idea to take someone that knows there way around it can get way nasty up there if the wind or a storm socks you in! Alot of hills and tree riding right off the road! There is no gas or eating places on the mountain! Have a great time and enjoy make sure you have avy gear! Have fun hope this helps! One small correction you can ride over to Steamboat Lake but it is a long ride and make sure you have extra gas to get there you can get gas over there and lunch but like I said it is a long ride! You hit the road to Hog Park just below the parking on the Encampment side to get there alot of tree riding on the way over and some good hills the closer you get to Steamboat Lake and there is a good trail system over there on that side also! Jim
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UndergroundRMK absolutley right on the MARK! The Sierras are for more advanced riders depending on your scale ofcourse but they are AWESOME (No short tracks advised). In order to have fun there you have to be willing to get off the the main road and Boon Dock a little bit. The nice thing is if you stay on the Encampment or Riverside area you can ride either range versus having to come over from the Laramie side. We have bailed on the Snowy's more than once before because either the snow was bad or it was just too crowded and hit the Sierra's mid morning and salvaged what could have been a disappointing day of riding. As Underground RMK mention come prepared with AVY Pack, Gas, Spot, GPS, Food, etc.
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As said above- Avy gear is a must, also I recommend a gps, and survival kit.

Ive been riding the Madre's for 10+ years and though it's small in overall size compared to the Range, there is way steeper terrain. And it is easy to get twisted around.

Also be on the watch for mineshafts- there are lots of old mines and several shafts are still open.


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I would recommend staying at the Saratoga resort and spa. it's a nice place with a great Restaurant*and micro brewery, and natural hot springs pools on site.

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The Madres are a great place to go if you are prepared to stay the night! Yes it can happen and it does more than you think.
If you can get a local to take you around take him up on it.
The Madres have been my favorite place to go for a lot of years. They can be nasty to you so you need to watch the weather and be smart...

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I would recommend staying at the Saratoga resort and spa. it's a nice place with a great Restaurant*and micro brewery, and natural hot springs pools on site.
I will have to respectfully disagree, I have had several bad experiences with the exclusive Saratoga Inn and "Resort". Very poor service and attitude all the way from the owner and manager on down the line. Apparently since I am not from Colorado and don't drive a Subaru my money is no good and I don't deserve to stay there. That's my experience and it's happened more than once. I don't go there anymore and advise you not to waste your money on this so-called resort. There are much better places to patronize in Saratoga....that actually appreciate your business. I like Saratoga, and the people who live there. I just prefer to stay away from the Inn.

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Thanks for the replies. We have all the proper gear and should be good to go that way. It sounds like it is going to be a great place to ride. Owen, Ill pm you. Just might take you up on that offer if we could make it happen.
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There is an update on Steamboat lake on the Colorado section I guess Steamboat lake Outfitters is closed at this time with sale pending hopefully will get sold and reopened so not sure about gas and stuff so may not be an option! You can get ahold of Zoomie on here and he can hook you up on all the info if you choose to ride over that way! Not knowing if you were even considering this but thought I would pass on the info seeing how I brought it up! Jim
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Lets keep the Sierra's on the hush hush, so actually the snow if awful, no good trails, no good climbs, no nothing!

If you want the best place to stay in encampment/riverside area, but not cheap! This place hands down is the best!

http://www.spiritwestriverlodge.com/

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