FINOCJ previously posted:
"Chad - What do you like better: Mt Baldy or Mt Rosa? I drove one of them many years ago (think it was Mt Baldy as that is the only one in my old guide book) when I lived in the springs. Actually, it looks like you could do both pretty easily in a day and/or the second half of eagle rock (the easier section towards the NW end - waypoints 10-16 on Trails Offroad)."
Sorry for the late response!! Life been keeping me busy lately. As for the trails, theyre 2 pretty different trails. Mt. Rosa is really easy and to me, the highlight of Rosa is the view at the overlook. I've seen it in daylight and at night, both are nice. There's a few spots that are slightly off camber, actually Iwouldn't even call them off camber, but they lean you to the downhill and at a few places the downhill is a ways down, it's still no big deal though. I have ran a little bit of Rosa in the snow, but not much of it, too easy to end up involunatrily off trail and in a tree.
After one attempt last year, and 2 more this year, I finally made the top of Mt. Baldy. Gorgeous view from up there. Of course it was at night since that's when we do most of our wheeling, but with the light setups we have, it might as well be daylight, LOL. This trial starts off of FS 376 and winds through some trees for a while. Then the trees get thinner, the trail gets narrower and a picture of this trail could be used as a definition of shelf road. Still plenty of room, but you're not passing anyone here, but there are a few spots where you can. The most difficult part of it is a little obstacle on the shelf that leans you to the downhill a bit. In a 1st gen Explorer with 9" of lift and 35's, it got my attention the first time through it. From there it's smooth sailing to the top. The trail continues, but there is a gate that Ihear is almost always shut. I'm looking forward to running it again and spending a little time at the top. Whenever possible I escape up the hill to one of the many overlooks where Ihang out and work on little projects, or draw, or hell, I've even gone up there to park and wire in some lights on the rig!!
Between the 2 Ilike Baldy better. Higher altitude, better view, more (mentally) challenging trail. Ineed to finish eagle rock, and run bull park and then i will have ran all the trails off old stage. I like it up there, except on the weekends, too many people then.