Mood: Monsoonal

Katie Klingsporn

“Tomorrow’s forecast: high shred alert.”

My buddy had scrawled this cheeky message on a sheet of paper he left on my desk. In actuality, the forecast was looking wet: 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Typical weather for late summer in the San Juans, when clouds pile up nearly every afternoon to leak rain in various states of downpour, thunder crashes off the valley walls and lightning makes everything a little spicier. Monsoon season.

Despite the forecast, we were hungry to test out an alluring linkage of singletrack that ventured far into the San Juans — from Lizard Head Pass, the route connected into the Colorado Trail before climbing over the red-streaked notch of Blackhawk Pass and bombing back down toward Rico.

It was going to be a big day in the saddle. But with an early enough start, we figured, we’d be fine. A little rain…

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