Bike Ride Up The Canyon To St. Elmo - May 18, 2007
May 18, 2007 - Today I had a nice bike ride inside Chalk Creek Canyon, beginning
at the parking area for the Colorado Trail and finishing in St. Elmo. I had actually thought
about starting in Nathrop or
at the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs parking lot, but
I have been working on "going easy" on myself and figured the ten mile uphill
bike ride would provide the workout I desired. What a workout it was! And the ten mile ride
whizzing downhill wasn't too shabby either. ;)
For your information, the St. Elmo General Store is currently
open most days from approximately "8-ish" to "6-ish" according to Lee, the shop owner. Also, the chipmunks
and hummingbirds are out in full force on the main road. I definitely plan to create new pages with photos of those creatures in the near future!
Lastly, on a side note, I drove to the summit of Cottonwood Pass yesterday.
Even though the road is still officially closed as of today (May 18), I made
it easily to the summit in my low-clearance vehicle yesterday afternoon. You are welcome to check
out my trip report here:
Cottonwood Pass Drive.
Have a great day!
All the best,
Two views as I biked west inside the canyon. The bottom photo shows
the real steep hill near
Cascade Falls (just west of the Agnes Vaille Falls parking lot).
I dare say that stretch of road is a 10 to 12% grade!
It's the steepest prolonged grade I have ever biked on in my life, and it is definitely
steeper than the one mile stretch west of the
Denny Creek Trailhead parking lot on Cottonwood Pass Road.
I rested at Cascade Falls.
The water was running hard from spring run-off in the mountains.
A few miles uphill, I frolicked just a bit among the
many aspen groves in the area. If you have the time, visit my autumn foliage photos from
this canyon here: Fall Foliage In Chalk Creek Canyon.
The very notable "soft shoulder" on Chaffee County Road 162.
Watching for ice is usually a good idea on this road for about eight
months of the year, but not now. ;)
After about nine to ten miles of bicycling, I arrived in St. Elmo! :)
This historic cabin near the entrance of the town is for sale.
Folks, if you love high altitude mountain living, this might be a home to consider.
The bottom photo shows the area across the dirt road of an old mining operation.
Pretty neat, huh? I threw in the real estate contact information just in case you're interested.
This green chuckwagon is currently for sale.
Contact (719) 395-4773 according to the sign.
In front of the St. Elmo General Store,
the hummingbirds are quite aggressive with each other as they mark out their territory in eating their food.
Five photos of some of the historic buildings in town,
including myself with my mountain bike
in the second photo.
I really did whiz downhill for much of the ride, but I did stop twice!
TOP: The easterly view as I left town.
BOTTOM: Chalk Creek flows downward with some green foliage trees in the background.