Oct. 3, Cashmere Dual Sport Ride by Coyote Offroad

Rolled out of bed, far too early this morning.  Alarm was set for 4:30am.  Had to be in Cashmere Wa. at 7am to make the riders meeting for the first annual Cashmere dual sport ride put on by Coyote Offroad.  My neigbor Scott and I made the drive to experience some of the "off the radar" trails around Cashmere.   Ride was 64 miles of mixed forest road and singletrack that took us out to Plain Wa., where we topped off our fuel tanks.  The ride back on more trails and smooth dirt roads brought our total mileage up to 110 miles for the day.  Whew, big ride, big day.   Good time.

Virginia Ridge

We did a nice ride yesterday up at Sun Mountain.  We checked out a new trail called Woodpecker that starts up off Thompson Pass.  Great addition to their trail network.  Today we hooked up with the "Geezer" crew, who have a locals weekly ride for the old guys.   Doug Curtlo had offered to lead the group out into his backyard and do some trails on Virginia Ridge.   This area is pretty far off the radar and you won't find any maps for it.   We climbed up road then hit some barely used trails up on top of the ridge that offered outstanding views.   Doug linked together the trails and led us on a fun descent back to his back door.  Great way to finish our trip in Winthrop.

Doug points out his house on the valley floor to Don

Steve on his fat bike and Curt?

Dennis, Doug's neigbour

Sept. 26, Buck Mt. Winthrop, Wa.

Drove out to Winthrop the see Don Hecker's new house in Winthrop.  Started our weekend with a ride that is always fun, the Buck Mountain loop.  Trail was a little loose but still a good time, and the views were great.

Don with Mt. Gardner in the background

Francine with Val right behind.



Sept 24, Sasse Ridge Trail

Not sure why, but have not made it away from Snoqualmie Pass for much dirt bike riding.   Finally carved out enough time to hook up with Scott and drive down to Lake Cle Elum.   Rode up the ridge connecting some old roads and trails, then hit the Sasse Ridge Trail.  Great views from the top of the trail before we descended back down into the Teanaway.   Buzzed around on the user built trails and had a fun time.  Trails were in great shape, but could use some moisture to knock down the dust.

Sept. 19, Tokul

Met up at my brother's house to do a quick pre Husky game ride.   Managed to get a good crew.  Kelly, Scott, Francine, Ross, Greg and Kevin.  This was Greg's second time on a mountain bike this month, and the second time in maybe twenty years.  The goal was ride up Tokul East, catch the Golden Spike trail over to West Tokul and get home without doing too much damage to Greg.   I think Kelly may have hit the ground the hardest, so day turned out pretty good.  Roots were slippery, but the dirt was tacky and good fun was had by all.

Greg and Francine in the clearcut

Scott, Kelly, and Ross

Random Shots

I was running through the few shots that are on my cell phone and thought I would throw a few up.
Scott,small pond up behind Hyak, Sept 16

Shot from back in June - Jack "slim" Weber gets ready to raft the White Salmon

Jim, Kevin, and Ziggy at Mirror Lake

My KTM in the backyard

Bonus Shot

Sept. 1-4, Whistler Bike Park

Headed up to Whistler for three days of lift served biking on the mountain and one day riding in the valley.  Boys trip with Jason, Steve, and Scott.

Last run of the first day.        Kevin looking wet on  A-Line

Jason and Steve

Olympic moment



Scott and Kevin take a coffee break in village

Scott - fresh snow in the distance

Cumberland BC - second time

We still had many more trails to ride in Cumberland.  Today is our last day on Vancouver Island.  Tuesday will be spent driving, riding a ferry, and driving home to the Pass.

Kevin chills out at top of small climb on Missing Link

2 & A Juice, Missing Link (nice bench at a lookout), up road past Cumberland Reservoir, to hike-a-bike up Miner's trail to the a lake and the start of Bucket of Blood.  We should have continued up the road a bit to another doubletrack climb that switchbacked more (instead of going straight up) to the top of Bucket of Blood.  Rode this to newly worked Bear Buns to Sykes Bridge.  We were here a few days ago.

Cross bridge and up shaded double track on the right to climb on Climax Trail to the Trent Main logging road.  Left at the first intersection up the road to the start of Trent Canyon Trail.  Took that fun trail all the way to the end at the road.  Lost some downhill on the road to a left.  Took a right on a double track that hooked us into the middle of Blue Collar.  Rode that romping descent to the intersection with Short Line and went left and climbed to the intersection of Teapot.  Bombed down that to That Dam Trail to the Allen Lake Reservoir.  Circled around on some unmarked trails in a clear-cut; Sunset Strip to Shaker to Entrails and the intersection of Rugburn, where we ran into a local, Scott.  He offered to let us follow him back to town on single track trails.  So, we retraced our steps on Entrails, Shaker and  Sunset Strip to hit Short and Curly, which was in the trees, not clearcut yet.  Rode recently reopened Spanker thru the clearcut.  Onto a trail that Scott built, which was more flowy, with wider banked corners to Spanker and another fun descent on Space Nugget.

Great day.  27.3 kilometers.  Was sure nice not to have to pull out a map on the last 5 kilometers following Scott.  Unfortunately, this area is ripe for planned logging.  We saw the boundary flags all over the new Climax and Trent Canyon trails.

Kevin on technical section on Bear Buns

Lumpy section on Bear Buns

Francine on Sykes Bridge

Ramp on Trent River Canyon

Steep section on Trent River Canyon

Snowden Forest - Campbell River, BC

Drove about 25 miles north of our house to the town of Campbell River.  We had come crappy maps, that caused us to get a little confused finding our  parking area.  After we made it to the Lost Lake parking area, we found a well marked trail system with lots of cross country riding.   Not a "freeride" destination but we enjoyed the cross country style trails that included several good downhills.  Francine had a loop she found on the internet and it made for a great ride.

Francine coming down Wiley's Woods

Route:  Lost Lake parking area, Trimac, Riley Lake, Gun Barrel, Access up to Wileys Woods, Enchanted Forest, Lookout loop(clockwise), 11th Lick, Frog Legs, Lower Lost Frog, Upper Lost Frog, Red Devil, Ham Sandwich, Grilled Cheese, Mudhoney Pass, Lost Lake Loop, to car.
14.2 miles

Nymph Falls/Puntledge/BC Hydro, Courtenay BC

Today was suppose to be an off day.  We looked at our maps and found some trails that were labeled "easy" green circles for smooth and fast riding, with little elevation gain.  We parked at Nymph Falls outside Courtenay.   This is the bottom of the Forbidden Plateau area, and typically a shuttle area.  We were planning to just do the bottom green trails with a possible logging road climb up to an intermediate, blue square trail.

The trails leading out of Nymph Falls were actually pretty fun.  Fairly smooth with no major climbs.  The "Bear Bait Trail"  was well made and had a lot of fun up/downs.   We probably should have stuck with the easy trails, but we decided to climb up the logging road to hook into the only blue trail that drops down from the Forbidden Plateau.   "Transmission" was pretty neat, but Francine ended up walking several sections.  Then to make a loop we crossed over the Comox Lake outflow and took the Bevan trail downriver.  This made for a pretty long loop, especially as we had to climb/walk back up to Nymph Falls.  Overall great day.  Not sure that it was much of a rest day.

Francine does a little walking on Transmission trail

Trails - counter clockwise from Nymph Falls -  Tree Bender,  Cog the logs, Bear Bait,  Boston Main logging road to "Transmission".  Rode that down to "Catnip", we think.  Went right and then down on some unmarked trail "Bics", we think, which dumped us onto an earlier section of Bear Bait.  Retraced our steps on Bear Bait to the dam.  Crossed the dam over Comox Lake and hit Bevan Trail to its end,   BC Hydro right of way to Duncan Bay Main road, crossed river and headed up Twister trail( lot of logs and walked a bit, probably not an "up" trail.

20 Kilometers.  13.5 miles.

Hornby Island, BC

 Hornby Island,  from Vancouver Island , took us two ferry rides.  One to Denman Island, and another to Hornby Island,  Even though it was a Friday morning, we made it on to both ferries without waiting for the next boat.   Hornby Island has probably become the most well known mountain bike destination that is "almost" on Vancouver Island.  It comes highly recommended for good views and trails that are "smooth" by Canadian standards.   We found a little of everything.   The legs were a little tired from yesterday, but we still managed to pump out 22 km.

Kevin with the ferry from Denman in the background

Francine on Chris & Brad's

Chris & Brad's Trail

Trails we rode:  Up Middle Bench Trail - Bench Connector - Up Outer Ridge Trail.
Down:  The Way - Four Dead Aliens - Test Tube - Chris & Brad's - No Horses.
Up:  Northwind - Cold Deck - Cliff Trail and Down on Hot Rims.
Up:  Northwind - Cold Deck - Slalom to top of Cliff Trail.
Down:  Outer Ridge Trail - GFT to Bench Connector and back out Middle Bench Trail to car.