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Unread 02-17-2008, 10:41 AM   #1
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Northern Colorado trail run.

I was thinking of going to Fort Collins to do a trail run.
The forest service web site shows Moody hill and Crystal Mountain as still open. At least the gates are open. I know they close the gates before mud season starts, in March.
Has anyone ran those 2 trails reciently?

If they are open, they might be the only trails in the state that are open(besides Carnage(B) which I hate).
If open and actually driveable, I would like to go do them.

What you all think?

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Unread 02-17-2008, 04:21 PM   #2
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I guy on co4x4.org ran them a few weeks ago. Didn't make it to the top but made it to the playground area on Crystal.
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Unread 02-17-2008, 05:22 PM   #3
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lol why do you hate carnage?
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We could go round and round about Boulder Carnage, but main problem is it is a overused and abused trail. When you have to drive through a dump/shooting gallery to get to the trail it kinda ruins the reason for wheeling.

Hope I got it close?!
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Unread 02-17-2008, 05:41 PM   #5
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You got it close...
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Unread 02-17-2008, 06:01 PM   #6
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There is like a wooping 200 feet of a pigs mess. The rest is clear carnage is sweet because you can always do it different and hit new things. The shooting range is a poor excuse to not like it. How many of the other trails in left hand have you hit?
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Unread 02-17-2008, 06:36 PM   #7
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There is like a wooping 200 feet of a pigs mess. The rest is clear carnage is sweet because you can always do it different and hit new things. The shooting range is a poor excuse to not like it. How many of the other trails in left hand have you hit?
Carnage doesn't have any sex appeal anymore. It has been done over and over again by most of us here. It is great that it checks off all of your blocks, but I'm good with doing it once or twice a year.

A lot of guys on here enjoy exploring new areas just as much as they enjoy engaging 4 wheel drive. This can make weekly runs to Carnage kind of lackluster.

Carnage is not very scenic and always has a dirty feel to it for me. No one here is forcing you not to like it, no need to try and force others to like it.

That being said, post pics of your run!
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There is like a wooping 200 feet of a pigs mess. The rest is clear carnage is sweet because you can always do it different and hit new things. The shooting range is a poor excuse to not like it. How many of the other trails in left hand have you hit?

I have run everything in there but Carnage. I want to get up there and run Carnage once to say that I did, but whenever I have been up there I always run into some $#%bag that makes me remember why I dislike that area so much. The terrain is still scared by all those that choose not to respect the trails and makes it even less desirable. To each their own.
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Unread 02-17-2008, 07:51 PM   #9
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lol carnage is the only reason to go.. I have ran carnage over 100 times and still manage to find new ways to go up it..

This summer we are going to run carnage BV
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I'll do it once this winter, I'm sure. But not untill everything else is closed and I'm jones'ing for a ride.
Man, even the pics you are posting have all the rocks spray painted with grafitti. The last trail clean-up I was on there, we hauled 3 tons of garbage off that trail, and a shot to hell truck.
The only time I ever showed my conceal carry was on left hand, thought I was gonna have to use it too. Came upon a ranger in trouble. I gave back-up to the ranger as he incountered some underage drunks. The ranger was very good at his job, or that had the potential to get real ugly, and the po po arived very quickly. Tense couple of minutes though.
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Unread 02-17-2008, 08:21 PM   #11
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carnage is funnnier in the summer. We went yesterday and there was snow and ice everywhere. Only large obstical we could do was the guardian.
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Moody and crystal are closed as of today. I kind of like Carnage but I always try to go early in the day to beat the crowds. I also do not like how tore up it is.
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I'm pretty sure the last time I ran Moody/Crystal was the beginning of November and it was very doable then. I bet its pretty muddy right now. I did 7mile this last week which is as far west as crystal/moody but north aways and it was snowy and a little muddy. Personally, Crystal and Moody are my favorite trails close to Fort Collins because there are so many lines to take that lots of different levels of vehicles can have fun. The down side is that Moody is very steep making it very difficult when it gets muddy and snowy. There are two other trails in the area that aren't difficult in the summer but may be fun with more snow, these are Ballard Road and White Pine, both of which I believe are still open. I think that we could make a fun day of some or all of these trails and I would absolutely be up for it if I am off work. I could possibly do this coming sunday or the following saturday. Let me know what you guys think.

edit: that sucks that it is now closed, oh well, any word on white pine or ballard?
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Unread 02-18-2008, 02:34 AM   #14
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The forestry website says that Crystal and Moody are still open?!?!?!
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Unread 02-18-2008, 09:20 AM   #15
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Guy on co4x4.org was up there on Sat as the FS rangers were closing and locking the gates, the website has been known to be wrong.
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