Just got back from a major deathmarch. I've been eyeballing a loop on the map for few years now. Finally got a chance to ride it today with Lyons Chad. I'm glad we hit it but I won't ride it again. Here's the stats:
35 miles (all but 3 were raw, unmaintained singletrack)
4200' elevation gain
GPS reads 7.75 hours spent moving.
Car door to car door time was 10 hours.
many, many, many miles hiked.
We parked the Jeep just on the East side of Jones Pass. We had to hike up thru the snow to get over the pass, then a 2k' descent (jeep road) on the other side. We started our 26 mile loop there. It was a bitch. Amazing, awesome, spectacular scenery, though. Elevation gain and mileage doesn't include going back up to the top of Jones Pass. We hitched a ride on a pickup with some Denver Water Board workers that have a cabin at the bottom. So tired I could barely ride granny gear on level terrain. Chad was ready to throw up at any minute. I'm going to bed now. I'll have pics soon.