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orchard-mesa - colorado

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18th of November
Descent -1035
High 5544
Length 6.7
Low 4923
Ascent 416
Weather 60° Sunny

Trail Difficulty: blueBlack

A technical, strenuous testpiece.

This technical trail will challenge riders with its strenuous nature, the rough character of the tread, frequent technical features and a few exposure points. A tight singletrack, it epitomizes the best of desert, all-mountain riding.

The trail saps momentum and rewards riders who can find flow over the rough tread and through the challenges. It twists and swoops like the best trails and offers lots of amazing fun and incredible views.

The trail is accessed via Twist-n-Shout and the return is on the long climb of Windmill Road. Pack lots of water, wear some pads, take a buddy and have an adventure!

Temperatures will reach 60° today, with Sunny. Weather conditions this week are expected to range between 52° with Showers Likely to 65° with Sunny over the next 5 days. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 52° - 65° over the next 5 days.


Local Club: Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association Land Manager: BLM Colorado - Grand Junction Field Office

Weather Forecast

576 FXUS65 KGJT 170538 AFDGJT Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Grand Junction CO 1038 PM MST Sat Nov 16 2019 .SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Sunday night) Issued at 129 PM MST Sat Nov 16 2019 A weak surface front and trough aloft will pass over the northern CO mountains tonight. Enough moisture will affect the western aspects of the Continental Divide to produce light snow accumulations, generally less than an inch. Some cold air will filter into northern and central CO to cool the high temperatures Sunday a few degrees. Sunday will see the ridge attempt to rebound back over the area but it will get pressured back to the south as a minor upper disturbance and jet max travel through the strong northwesterly flow aloft Sunday night. .LONG TERM...(Monday through Saturday) Issued at 129 PM MST Sat Nov 16 2019 The ridge will build back of the western states Monday and Tuesday in response to the digging trough along the west coast. So Monday and Tuesday will return to warmer than normal. Tuesday night the scenario that has been projected for the last few days should start coming together. A strong trough will move onshore over the Pacific Northwest which will split over northern CA and the western Great Basin. The southern component of the split will form a closed low over southern CA Wednesday morning which will help the cutoff low over the Baja open up and be drawn north and east. The remnant of this feature will spread clouds and precipitation over southeast UT and southwest CO Wednesday morning which will spread across the rest of the area Wednesday afternoon and night. The models continue to show significantly different solutions Thursday through Friday. The GFS opens the big southwestern low quickly and lifts it northeast and over ...

Area River Conditions

USGS Gauge Streamflow Gauge Height Elevation
Gunnison River Near Grand Junction, Co.
4500 cfs 6 ft 4642 ft
Dolores River Near Bedrock, Co.
259 cfs 4 ft 4913 ft
San Miguel River At Uravan, Co.
1020 cfs 5 ft 5005 ft
San Miguel River At Brooks Bridge Near Nucla Co
723 cfs 4 ft 5572 ft
Corral Gulch Near Rangely, Co.
3 cfs 2 ft 6566 ft
Colo River Blw Grd Valley Div Nr Palisade Co
4050 cfs 5 ft 4681 ft

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1" snowpack, 79 miles away
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