Mapping the Tabeguache

Saturday, June 6, 2009

After finally running the full Kokopelli Trail last month, I decided I wanted to finish off the ‘Grand Loop’ trails. Today I tackled the second trail; the Tabeguache Trail. The Tabeguache (pronounced ‘tab-a-watch’) Trail is mountain bike trail that starts out near Montrose, CO and ends up near Grand Junction. Like the Kokopelli Trail, it is made up mostly of 4-wheel drive roads with a few sections of single-track mixed in. However, unlike the Kokopelli, there is not a lot of information about the Tabeguache available…especially for someone wanting to take a Jeep along as much of the route as possible.

I spent the last week and a half researching the trail and putting together my best guess at a track using a bunch of BLM and Forest Service maps along with Google Earth. While the track I ended up putting together was pretty close, I did run into some problems early on. I ran into some downed trees, an ATV only section of trail and a few locked gates at private property.

I left Montrose around 8am and got back home around 7:30, so I was on the trail for almost 12 hours! Including all of my backtracking, I ended up traveling just over 160 miles off the pavement.

I’ll be putting together a much more detailed page about the Tabeguache Trail shortly (once I get the track I kept cleaned up) so I won’t go into much detail about the actual route here. Since I was more concerned about not getting lost today I didn’t end up taking too many photos, plus the skies were cloudy most of the day so I didn’t get that many good pictures, either.

Anyway…enough talk, here’s some pictures 🙂

Signs at the trailhead in Shavano Valley
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The trail was fairly well marked, but there were a number of broken and missing signs along the way, too
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Headed down to Dry Creek
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My first wrong turn….my Jeep won’t fit over that bridge 😉
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Dry Creek is not very dry
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A few rough sections early on in the trail
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Climbing up higher onto the Uncompahgre Plateau
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Up in the Aspens
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Waterfall
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I was able to move this one by hand…
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La Sals in the distance
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Dominguez Canyon
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Finally…some blue sky as I near Grand Junction
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Unaweep Canyon
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Now, it’s time for me to get some sleep! Enjoy!


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