I got back on a mountain bike right here in town and got in a 20-mile ride with 4100-ft of climbing!
Ok, you ask - what trails are open? Well it was a "trick" I do every March as the college trails facing west dry out. I have this little 1.4-mile single track loop that has a ripping descent and an awesome climb in it - sort of a miniature version of the 12-hours of Snowmass course where the first half you climb, the second half you descend.
The climb is the Nature Trail at ~ 10th Street and the descent is at 8th Street. I loop around the college chapel and hit a spot of pavement there, and on the bottom side hit a small pavement patch through neighborhoods.
So I did 12 laps of this for a dirty dozen and had a blast. I think any other course with 12 laps would be silly, but this one gives a hurtful climb and rewards you with a rocking descent.
I may hit this once more, or venture over to a slightly bigger and more technical loop on the south side of Raiders Ridge. I doubt I can hit it tomorrow though as baby duty hit me big time this week. Jeni has a conference in Albuquerque so we drove her down there and me and the little one ventured up to my most favorite trail in the world - Atalaya in Santa Fe and got in short hike. The little one smelled the pinyon trees, dodged the sun at 7k elevation and then went to sleep. But the post hike meal at Santa Fe Baking Company was a nice experience as she watched people in the city different while I had my Green Chile Stew. Good times, and the little one really likes the outdoors. She is even -starting to act like a hippie - we tuned in the Grateful Dead channel on the Sirius radio and she immediately tried to kick off her shoes and then socks.
Jerry would be proud.
Roll on, the weather is melting things fast and well we have a low snow cover this year. We might be up on Hermosa before you know it.