May 24, 2012

Tour de Colorado - Segment #2

Segment #2South Platte Canyon to Little Scraggy Trail-head
Riders: Chuck, Kristin

The CoT
Date: May 24, 2012
Ride Type: out and back
Chosen Direction: South Platte Canyon trail-head to Little Scraggy trail-head
Mileage: 23 miles (11.5 each way)
Elevation Gain: 1702'
Average Pace: 13 min/mile
Total time includes breaks: 4.5 hours
Trail description: Stays within the Buffalo Creek Fire area for 80% of the ride and is mostly flat, gravelly and flows well. 

Interactive GPS track recording:

View Sec. #2: South Platte Canyon to Little ScraggyUntitled in a larger map

Buffalo Creek Fire (1996): Burned for 1 week, scorching 10,000 acres of forest covering a distance of over 10 miles with a 2 mile width.  The fire also destroyed 18 homes.  More details here 

Section 2 Trail-head

A partial survivor - Raleigh Peak  (far background)
its summit is actually part of the burn line
The CoT loops just behind the peak among the unburned terrain (see next image)

Scorched Earth
Our GPS tracks overlaid onto Google Earth
Note the fires damage as captured by satellite

Elevation with corresponding speed profile

New growth

Lunch break

The Remains


Historical Hotel
passed on the drive to the South Platte Trail-head

Our first section of the CoT in the books!