Last week we spent 4 days biking in and around Durango, Co. We love going to Durango because the biking is so different from what we have here in GJ and the weather in May is pretty darn perfect. Alright, it’s all really just an excuse to eat at Serious Texas BBQ and Home Slice pizza, ok?
This year we made stops at some of our favorite haunts including Phil’s World and the Horse Gulch and Sale Barn trailheads. However, we also checked out a newer area called Twin Buttes. It’s located just outside Durango. If you’re heading to Cortez from Durango, after you turn onto 160 watch for the “Giant” gas station on the right and you’ll see a big gravel parking area beside it. This is where the trail starts.
It appears as though Twin Buttes is going to be a subdivision and that, as part of their land purchase, the development was required to add in “green space” or rec trails. The first set of switchbacks are steep but totally rideable. I love it when good builders do this. Making switchbacks that can be ridden up or down is a true feat of engineering if you ask me.
The signage needs work, but I’ll try my best to tell you what we did (which took us off the main trail at one point). We followed the trail up the switchbacks and then climbed more (gently) with a few descents until we reached a T-junction. We thought we saw a trail sign lying to the right, so we went that way. Technically the main trail goes left. BUT we went right and followed the singletrack and then a jeep road around and up to the left and just continued straight. This brought us to a 4-way junction with the original trail. Turning right here will put you on a new trail called Cliffrock (I found that on MTB Project and their app is the best one to use for this trail system). Follow Cliffrock and then when you finish the super fun downhill there you’ll be back on a doubletrack road. If you want killer climbs, follow the road to the right and take the singletrack on the right; this will set you up for hike-a-bike switchbacks to the top of the ridge.
We turned right and just stayed on the doubletrack. After a mile or two you’ll see the singletrack on your left and from here the route back is pretty straightfoward. There are signs when you need them. The downhill on this section was really fun!
These trails aren’t super technical, but whooping through the trees on my bike was awesome! You’ll find yourself back at that first intersection again; take a right and you’re home free.
And finally, we brought home a new addition to the family! The BF recently purchased a new Specialized Stump Jumper (2014 model) and loves it. While in Durango we decided to see if the shop there had anything I might want to demo. Honestly I wasn’t planning on buying anything…BUT the store there (Mountain Bike Specialists) has a 2-hour FREE demo on EVERY BIKE in the store! So I demoed a Specialized Camber Expert Carbon Evo 29er. It’s a men’s frame, but I was STILL able to have standover room on it, so I went for it.
After riding the bike at the Horse Gulch trails for 2 hours I had no choice but to buy it. The handling of the 29er, the 1×11 drivetrain…the weight savings (although to be fair my other bike was fairly light). I just couldn’t imagine going back to the 26er after seeing what this bike was capable of. We knew the local store here didn’t have any in stock and so we just went ahead and bought it. I consider Durango to be sort of “local” anyway 😉
GO DEMO A BIKE. It’s so worth it. So, without further ado…world, meet Mustang Sally. Mustang Sally, meet the world!