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Did You Dirt Trail Ride or Mtn Bike This Week?

Old 06-09-13, 08:20 AM
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Did You Dirt Trail Ride or Mtn Bike This Week?

Maybe we can have some posts devoted to dirt trail and mtn bike riding? Pictures and stories and stuff.
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Loving it!!

Why haven't I been doing this for years? At 73 - well, I guess it is never too late??

I have found more single track dirt trails near my home - and I love the challenge. 6.5 miles one way this morning along a creek, came back on the cement trail. It seems a totally different world. New skills and challenges staying in the single track, going up steep dirt embankments, making it through sand. Specialized Rock Hopper was the bike.

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I've just learned of a couple of nice-sounding trails near our cottage, where we keep a couple of underused mountain bikes. So next time it's too cold to swim. too warm to ski and too windy to paddle, we'll give 'em a try. Looking at maps, one trail appears to give access to a fishing hole that's hard to reach by boat. I love bike fishing.
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We have a really nice loop trail in a regional park a half mile from the house, it's just dirt trails except for the sandy washes (I'm terrible in sand). Before it got hot, I'd ride it a couple of times a week, (I'm guessing two laps is 9 miles or so), but I've had motivational issues the last couple of weeks now that it's 100+ in the afternoon.

I was going to get up and ride it today while my road bike is down, but I got working in the yard instead.
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Went out this morning with a few friends. We normally ride the trails in Waterdown, Ontario. I ride an S-Works Epic 26. I never take a camera or phone because they tend to get broken but here is a little video of the trail ridden today. This was shot by one of the local guys.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3UUyx1kB_g
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Riding on honest to goodness single track is just really tough for me. A nice dirt path is one thing, but roots, rocks, and trail gremlins will nail you first chance they get.

The is new single track about 7 miles from here. I rode about 1/2 miles on it and thought I was going to die, which only ticked me off. I might try it again letter in the summer. I'll walk it with my dog first.
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Originally Posted by jdon
Went out this morning with a few friends. We normally ride the trails in Waterdown, Ontario. I ride an S-Works Epic 26. I never take a camera or phone because they tend to get broken but here is a little video of the trail ridden today. This was shot by one of the local guys.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3UUyx1kB_g
Great video

I see a lot of downhill. Did I miss the uphill part? Or do you live where it is all downhill - you know - in Canada?

I could handle everything on the video except the logs on the trail. I would be going much slower.
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox
Great video

I see a lot of downhill. Did I miss the uphill part? Or do you live where it is all downhill - you know - in Canada?

I could handle everything on the video except the logs on the trail. I would be going much slower.
Much of that trail traverses the upper edge of an old gravel pit so it is pretty flat. The hills down into the valley surrounding are steep and riding up isn't impressive!

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On the schedule for Wednesday early am (if the marital stars align properly):

https://www.douglas.co.us/dcoutdoors/...pace-trail.pdf

Spruce Mountain Trail

Highlights
The Spruce Mountain Trail gently switchbacks up Spruce Mountain through a ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forest up to fabulous rocky overlooks and a loop around the fairly-flat, forested mountaintop. The first lookout offers breathtaking views of Greenland Open Space, surrounding buttes, Pikes Peak, the Palmer Divide, Carpenter Creek and thousands of acres of protected open space. There are plenty of opportunities to gaze off rocky lookouts, ridges and meadows from over 8 miles of trails. Bring your camera. For variety, descend on the service road, hike the loop to the west, and hike back along the Eagle Pass trail.
Trail Rating
There are 8.5 miles of trails, so extended or varied routes may be chosen. Staying low on the easy Eagle Pass Trail will take you along the edges of forests and meadows. Moderately easy hikes to the upper loop will take you on a gentle climb through shady forests to a wide and gentle trail that circles the top of the mountain. Small children have been known to hike it well, but keep an eye on them at the rocky lookouts! Ice and snow can build up on the shaded trails on the northern climb. The east end of the Service Road that Descends Spruce Mountain can be difficult, since it is steep and usually quite rutted. The western loop of the Eagle Pass Trail and the Service Road are moderately easy.
Trail Length
It is about 5.5 miles from Spruce Mountain Road parking lot, around the Upper Loop, and a roundtrip back. You can add on another couple of miles to include the meadows and beautifully forested Eagle Ridge on the west side of Eagle Pass Trail and the Service Road.
Trail Surface

Natural; some rock; gradual climb on north side with switchbacks. The upper (eastern) part of the Service Road is steep and often rutted.
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Hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers, and pets on leash can use the trail.
Amenities

The parking lot accommodates cars and light trucks only. Sorry, there is no room for horse trailers here. Trailers may be parked at the large Spruce Meadows Trailhead along Noe Road to the northeast, adding a couple of miles in each direction to your ride. One port-a-potty is available. There is no water available at this site. Water is available at stock ponds along the Spruce Meadows Trail and at the nearby Greenland Open Space Trailhead.
Location
13415 Spruce Mountain Road, Larkspur, COFrom I-25, take the Greenland Exit (167) to the west and travel mile west on Greenland Road and mile south. Bypass the Greenland Trailhead and continue right on the main gravel road (Noe Road) over two sets of railroad tracks. (If you have a horse trailer or very large vehicle, park at the Spruce meadows parking lot on your left and take the 2-mile trail to Spruce Mountain.) Cars can continue another mile west to Spruce Mountain Road. Take a left and head south for about one mile to the parking area on your right. Remember, cars and light trucks only may park here.
Or, cars can take the Larkspur Exit and travel about six miles south along Spruce Mountain Road and the entrance will be on your right.
Contact
Douglas County Open Space and Natural Resources at 303.660.7495.
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Mountain biking is what I do most. Boise has a great trail system very accessible to town. You can check it out on the Ridge to Rivers trails page. I sort of did things backwards and started with mountain biking years ago on the first generation completely un suspended bikes and have only been riding road bikes for the last couple years. Things have come a long way. Still get a thrill every time I go hit the trails.
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I went out with the local Mountain Bike Club and helped to clear winter blowdown from a trail that is on National Forest land. We rode up a logging road with our chainsaws, gas and tools in our packs crossed the river and came down the trail, clearing trees as we went. I shot the video below. That's me bucking that first tree.

https://youtu.be/qfDepRqGtAY
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Originally Posted by woodway
I went out with the local Mountain Bike Club and helped to clear winter blowdown from a trail that is on National Forest land. We rode up a logging road with our chainsaws, gas and tools in our packs crossed the river and came down the trail, clearing trees as we went. I shot the video below. That's me bucking that first tree.

https://youtu.be/qfDepRqGtAY
Very pretty. I miss the wet coast.
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