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CR71 Godiva Rim s(u)

The beauty of this summit is easy to miss, and difficult to imagine when just looking at a map. My usual method is to look for squiggly roads or closely bunched contour lines. None of these can be found in this vicinity. The appeal here is more that of an endless rolling plain, upon which sit superbly sculptured monuments and ramps and buttes and a sandy, sinuous river cuts through it. This area is very isolated for Colorado standards. I did see some amazing evidence of life, but once I was more than a mile from Co318, it was all in the form of wild horses.

Sometimes it seems that the popularity of a bike route is inversely proportional to the distance to the next bike store. Scenic beauty plays a secondary role when measuring popularity. In this case the next bike store, I know of is in Green River, Wyoming. Craig, Colorado is a little closer, but I did not see a bike store there.

1.START-END SOUTH:jct CR21 - CR71
2.TOP:7200ft
3.another jct CR21 - CR75
4.START-END NORTH: CR26 crosses Little Snake River

Approaches

From North.
The turnoff onto CR71 from CR21 is not marked with the customary county road sign, just with a 4 digit number, that doesn't look like a BLM road designation.

The nicely surfaced dirt road climbs up bare grassy slopes with ever improving views of the Little Snake River and its sinuous course. Then the road becomes as straight as a ruler, and has few signs of heavy usage. It cuts straight through a juniper forest to arrive at the rim. Here a great panorama waits. It includes a good view of the route just traversed. And it follows the wedge shaped ridge ahead back down into the valley. Heading north there is also a little used farm track that appears to follow the rim, where CR71 cuts through the juniper forest - a good reason to return with a mountain bike someday.


From South. (described downwards) The best part of the ride is now to come, following the rim heading north. There are quite a few dips followed by short steep climbs. They show up surprisingly well in the profile. But the road surface is generally excellent for unpaved road biking. Finally the road curves north and meanders back down to CR21. The profile continues over a short section of this road and then turns off onto CR26 to the Snake River.

CR26 continues on the other side of the river. But a bridge to get there is not provided. On a day in late September it was feasible to cross the river, by walking a short distance upstream on the sand banks. The last crossing involved water, that you could carry the bike through without getting it wet. It reached about halfways to the knees. The most problematic part is climbing the sandy banks of the river on the other side and getting the bike up there. But given 15 minutes, plenty of suitable spots can be found.


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Dayride with this point as highest summit:

PARTIALLY PAVED / UNPAVED

( < Aspen Mtn Rd s(u) | CR45 Dry Mountain Road s(u) > )

CR71 Godiva Rim s(u) , CR26 Seven Mile Ridge(sh)  , CR75 Seven Mile Ridge s(u) , CR71 a short distance from its jct with CR21 > up CR71 > CR71 Godiva Rim s(u) > CR71 north > CR21 north > CR26 west > Little Snake River crossing without bridge > CR26 south > CR26 Seven Mile Ridge(sh) > CR75 south > CR75 Seven Mile Ridge s(u) > Co318 east > CR21 north > back to starting point on CR71: 44.5miles with 3890ft of climbing in 5:15hrs (garmin etrex30 m3:20.9.29)
Notes: the only paved part is maybe less than a mile on Co318. This ride contains a river crossing without a bridge (See description). A perfect late September day.

  
  
  



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