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Powerline Road Redux—in great shape!
Following the theme of taking advantage of good weather, I hopped atop my Yamaha XT-250 dirt bike and headed for the hills. Knowing that the high country is still snowed in, I took a route I like very much. It connects from Buckhorn Road on the south (in Montrose County) to Kinikin Road (also Montrose County) on the north. I took a side expedition to the east. As there is no name for this road, I call it Glenn’s Road after the person who introduced me to it. (See this post for the history and the wild ride.) I recognized many features from last year’s ride. It was pretty easy going, although steep and rocky. Fortunately, there was very little scree (loose rock) so no problem. I turned around after getting up into areas of patchy snow and muddy roads. Glenn’s Road isn’t paved. Nor graveled. It’s just dirt. It’s fairly well-traveled (meaning one or two vehicles a week) and can be traveled in a pickup or Jeep as well as ATV or dirt motorcycle (I wouldn’t try this on a street bike!). You can get a feel for how steep it is by looking at the lead-in picture. I got up to where I could look down on Montrose (see next photo):
The GPS track follows. I backtracked down Glenn’s Road and then took what I call the Lower Powerline Road up toward Kinikin Rd. Just shy of that, I turned west toward the water tower, then came home via Pahgre. Very leisurely and enjoyable ride!