Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Eve Ride

...Just because I need some riding to tide me through the holidays...

We haven't been down Dan's trail since last summer. With time constraints for the day we decide a familiar ride would be best and Dan's fits the bill. Besides, this will give us a chance to explore a few of the road and trail offshoots we usually pass by.

A new (to me) trail has appeared shortly up Patterson Road,  Ridge Trail. The lower trail head is graveled. The upper trail head, muddy. Ron and I rode a portion of the upper trail, but decided not to slog it out through the mud. Save it for another day. The trail is marked as year-round, all users. 
Ridge Trail
We also followed the 620 to Alpha trail head, just for kicks. We didn't explore farther down Alpha. Back to the main route, we've always gone to the top of Dimple Hill via Dan's Trail, but decided to continue along the road and see if it wound around to the top. Indeed it does, with some pretty scenery thrown in.
Road up to Dimple Hill
 The view from the top is spectacular. The air is crisp and clear, and mountains in the far background stand out sharply against the sky. No fog mucking up the views today.
Dimple Hill
Dans trail is fantastic today! This is the time of year to ride this trail. All the loose gravel is packed into the damp ground making the trail nice and sticky. Very smooth and fast! Just wish it was longer. Too soon we're at the bottom and have to head back to the car.
Dan's Trail
A side note, my fork gave up the ghost sometime this fall. I may as well be on a rigid, so we will be putting the original steel fork back on once we gather all the parts. Steel fork should encourage good rock dodging skills, and that twitchy little RH excels at that sort of thing.
Connector Road

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