October of 2009 has been one of my best mountain biking months yet. I planned on three group rides outside of my normal riding with friends - one on a trail I have ridden quite a few times, and two rides on trails I hadn't ridden before but had always wanted to ride.
Riding the familiar trail allowed me to meet new people. That led to new rides on old trails and an awesome lasagna dinner. Later in the month, riding the new trails gave me sights and sounds I'd never before experienced, along with some incredible single track and great memories.
My Rocktober, as I decided to call it (along with a bunch of others I'm sure), worked out great!
On to the pics!
The first ride was Hole In The Ground. This trail is beautiful, and we did about 15 miles. There is about 2000 ft of climbing on this trail, but it's all between 7000 and 8000 ft!
A view towards Tahoe, CA from Andesite Ridge:
This is Castle Peak:
The group I rode with. You can see my Jabberwocky in the middle of the group. They wanted to include it because "it was so cool" :cool:
Me riding on some granite on the Hole In The Ground trail:
The end of the Hole In The Ground trail has a half mile section of steep stairs. The dirt is loose and there are one or two tight switchbacks. This is at the top:
On Hole In The Ground, I made two new riding friends, which exploded in to a whole new group. This new group does mostly road riding, but there's a regular evening/night ride on a "cool" loop, in Cool, CA. The loop is called the Olmstead Loop, home of many awesome races throughout the year! This trail is 10 miles long - we rode one after-work loop and followed it with a pitcher of beer and some kick ass food at a local eatery!
Sunset over the Olmstead loop.
The second new trail I would ride is the Pioneer Trail. This trail is above Nevada City, CA, which is the start of the Amgen Tour next year. The trail parallels Hwy 20 between Nevada City and Truckee, CA. The trail is an out and back - 15 miles each way and climbs from 3500 ft to 5000 ft elevation over that distance, with a bunch of short steep ups and downs along the way, and a decent climb with grades of 15-20% for about a mile.
Beautiful fall colors outside of Harmony Ridge market above Nevada City, CA, at the start of the Pioneer trail. This place had excellent deli sandwiches and pasta salads, and an assortment of High Times products:
Our group for this ride:
The start of the ride was loose single track, that opened to double track and narrowed back down.