April 18, Kokopelli Loops

The gang rode Mary's, Horesethief, Steve's loop and finished on Wrangler for a 17 mile ride.  I had forgotten how gorgeous this trail is.  Classic Fruita ride.

Francine on Horsethief Loop trail
 
Val

Don

Bill

Colorado River

Renee on Steve's Loop

Francine
 

April 17, Zion Curtain

 Bill and Renee showed up from Denver, so we had the whole crew to do one of best trails in the Rabbit Valley area.  With about 2,000 feet of climbing for the day, we were rewarded with a sweet downhill.  Solid 20 miles.  Lot's of fun.



Francine

Don
Kevin and Don

Kevin

Francine

Renee



April 16, Rd 18 Area

Short 9 mile ride at the Road 18,   Out Zip off, up Western Zippity to Front side and down on Joe's Ridge.



Don Hecker

Francine

Val on Joe's Ridge


April 15, Western Rim Trail, Colorado

Don and Val Hecker made it to Fruita last night, and we headed to the Western Rim trail for our first ride together.  Thanks to the recent rains the trail/quadtrail/roads were probably the best shape we have seen them.  Pounded out 19.5 miles in four hours.  Excellent ride.






 




April 14, Fruita - Kokopelli Lion's Trail to Troy Built



We needed to keep a couple trails off Bill & Renee's agenda, as Bill is slightly afraid of heights, and there were a couple of sections on this trail that spooked him.  We also wanted to do an easier route so we didn't fry our legs before Don/Val and Bill/Renee arrived with fresh legs.  We have normally done this route at the end of our trip with super tired legs, so it was real a real treat with fresher legs.  After the hard rain from yesterday, the trails were in primo shape.  The amount of hard-pan trail was awesome.  We are here a couple of weeks earlier in April, and the cows were out in the beginning section, as opposed to the end of the ride.  9.34 miles.





Sad News, Loss of another good one.

On the drive to Fruita, we heard the sad news of the death of  a friend and coworkers wife, wonderful mother of two beautiful boys.  Ellie Booher met her maker on Friday while backcountry skiing out of the Fairy Meadows hut in Canada.
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NE Shoulder of Chair Peak, Snoqualmie Pass, Wa.

Crested Butte


Lucky Shot, Crystal Mt,

Ellie, Greg, and Chris


Ellie and Francine enjoy a burrito
Crested Butte


Ellie rides off into the distance

  News Report:  A female skier died after being injured in an avalanche Friday while backcountry skiing with a group in British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountain Range.
The skier, who was part of a ski tour group with Fairy Meadows, was caught in the slide southeast of Fairy Meadows lodge on the Gothics Glacier at around 3:15 p.m., according to Golden and District Search and Rescue.
“The subject was fully buried in an avalanche for approximately 45 minutes,” said Shauna Speers, search and rescue manager, in an e-mail.
According to the Canadian Avalanche Centre’s incident reports, the slide was triggered when the ski tour group was “skinning up” the slope.
The group managed to dig the skier out, as two search and rescue members made their way to the area with Alpine Helicopters to join in the resuscitation and rescue efforts, Speers said.
The victim was flown to Golden and later taken to a Calgary hospital, but she did not survive.


April 12, Corner Canyon Trails, SLC, Draper Utah

This was our second time at Corner Canyon and there has been a lot of trail work, since our last visit.  We pulled into the fairly full parking lot at the trailhead, next to the equestrian facility.  It being a sunny Saturday, the trails were full of friendly mountain bikers, even with our 3pm start time.  We climbed Lower Corner Canyon Trail, to Canyon Hollow Trail, to Brock's Point Trail, to the top of the Rush flow trail.  3.75 miles.  Debated on going down Rush directional flow trail with everyone else, but ended up heading down Ann's to the potato hill trail  and Creek view trail.  Total ride a nice easy 9 miles


Francine on flat spot on the climb on Canyon Hollow Trail

  Ann's trail with the Wasatch mountains in the background.

View across the valley of new, one-way downhill flow trail, Rush Trail.
 (you can see two riders in the picture)

Francine descending on new section of Creek View Trail
 Real fun ride.  We rode here a couple of years ago, and they have really worked on their network of trails.  Having a couple of trails one-way, downhill, really limits the interaction between uphill and downhill riders.  One-way trails really seem to work well at busy trail areas.  It is nice to be able to go fast and not have to worry about uphill traffic..  We couldn't tell for sure, but it seemed that we were being discouraged from descending on Potato Hill trail, as we were told we would meet a lot of uphill traffic.  I think the SLC mountain bikers are embracing a "preferred" direction on their trails.  Saw way fewer hikers than a couple of years ago, as this is turning into a busy mountain biking area.  Definitely worth a stop if you are headed to Moab or Fruita.  We spent the night at Marriot Springhill Suites in Draper, about ten minutes from the trailhead.  AAA rate of 80 bucks for a nice updated room.  Watching the rain from our hotel window.  Hopefully it is the only wet day of our trip.

April 8, Moto Mattawa

Dragged Scott and Vic down to the Columbia river, where we rode the singletrack trails outside the town of Mattawa.  Temperatures were in the high seventies, and the trails were quite dry, and pretty sandy in some spots.  Riding was pretty technical and kept us on our toes.  Everyone had a good time, but my riding partners were grumping about the two hour drive to the trailhead.  Hopefully, with the snow melting out, our next ride will be closer to home.

Kevin and Vic, above the Coulumbia River,
No I am not getting fat, it's called a chest protector.

April 7, Roslyn Trails


Tried to mountain bike above the town of Roslyn,  Unfortunately patches of snow, continued to shut us down.  Could not even make it to the contour trail.  With recent warm weather, it will hopefully fully melt out soon.

April 1, North Slope of Chair Peak

Touring was on the brain, but no plans.  After yesterday's bike ride I was lacking a little motivation.  Luckily as I was sitting on the upstairs throne contemplating life, the phone rang.  "Crispin, what's up?"  Crispin said he was at exit 47, did I want to tour?   Well a little more notice would have been nice, but I quickly threw my gear together and met up with Crispin at Alpental's lot 4.  Two hours later we were straddling the ridgeline leading up to the NE buttress of Chair Peak.  Nice.  Dropped down to the cliffs that tower over Snow Lake, then skinned over to the entrance of the Snow Lake couloir.  Turns here were a little messy, but made for a great loop down to Snow Lake.  Climbed to Snow Lake Divide then cruised back down to Source Lake and the parking lot.  South slopes were pretty sticky by then.  Great day.

Crispin and Geeb, Pineapple Basin in background

Ridgeline leading up to NE buttress of Chair Peak

nice.

very nice.

Crispin and Geeb,   Mt. Roosevelt to the right

Snow Lake Couloir

March 31, Mansion Trails, Ellensburg

First time was so much fun we headed back for another day.  This time we took Scott Sumner and Don Hecker.   Another beautiful day.  We ended up doing another out and back, but got the lowdown from a local on the loop options.  Next time will definitely try to make more of  a loop ride.  The trail, riding up is great, but the downhill is pretty stutter bumped.


March 27, Mansion Trails, Ellensburg

Escaped the rain at Snoqualmie Pass to check out some new trails that have been recently built above Ellensburg.  Trailhead is the same, off of Cove Rd., but in addition to the existing hiking trails, several miles of signed mountain bike trails have been added.  The main trail, Chest Pains, provides about a 4 mile climb of 1,200 feet to the top of the ridge, where it connects into the green dot road system.  From the parking area, head straight up, across the irrigation ditch veering slightly left, pass a main trail on the right, stay left and you should start traversing left.  New trails are all signed.  Rode Chest Pains, Silver Pelvis Loop.  Passed the bottom and top of RIP Line on our left.  Once at the top, we had to hustle back down as the spring showers were approaching.  Got hit with some hail on our descent back down Chest Pains.  Went left on Oh Deer.  When that hit the doubletrack, we opted for that instead of the trails, and hightailed it back to the car.  Approx. 9 miles.




Trail is very narrow, very new.  Will be interesting to see how it develops.  Hopefully the horses will stay away, especially while wet.