Originally Posted by turbospartan
Great pics. What day and time of the day did you go? Looks like you had beautiful weather/conditions.
Also, how would you rank the trails as far as views? I have a 2012 Grand Cherokee, and that ridge on Radical Hill looks a bit tight. I wish the weather would have cooperated the other day, as we were so very close to getting to the top of Saints John.
We got into Keystone about noon on Wednesday the 31st and ran Keystone Gulch that afternoon. Thrs morning we were on the trail (Webster/Radical/StsJohn) by 0830. Fri same time for Webster/Handcart/RedCone. Sat same time for DeerCreek/Middle/North forks of Swan. Coming down the switchbacks into Montezuma from the tail end of StsJohn on Thrs we got light rain but by the time we headed back to Keystone village out of Montezuma it was dry - that was the only time we got rained on. The day we did Red Cone was a gorgeous weather day. Saturday got cloudy by afternoon but we were already off the mountains drinking margaritas in our condo.
We may be flatlanders but we know to get on the trails early, especially if headed above timberline - gets you you back off the mountains by afternoon.
The views on all the trails in the area are incredible - I really don't know I could fairly rate them.
Oh, and yes Radical is steep, rocky, tight in some places, tight and off camber in other places, rocky and tight in others, well you get the idea ;-) Very cool trail with oustanding views of the switchbacks going up Webster, as well as the descent of Red Cone, and viseversa.
Btw - Handcart has a couple spots coming down the ledge switchbacks that were tighter than Radical. Red Cone is very rocky most the way through.
The initial descent down Middle Fork is very steep and a good challenge. North Fork is all up hill right after you cross the Swan - not much switchback just pure climb.