Its pretty cool to ride my favorite Stonyford trails again,
but the character of the trails in the burn area is quite different now...
I don't know if all of the bulldozer work on the trails have been
done by logging contractors or Mendo NF folks, but a fresh crop
of jagged boulders have been turned up everywhere. Many narrow
singletrack have sections of 10-12-ft wide clear-cut down them for
100-ft, with deep gravel & small boulders. Kinda weird. I'm sure it
will be fine once its packed back down & some of the greenery
Anyway ... we rode a good selection of trails that went like this;
24, 1 to the top & back down, 24, 26, 22, 20, 3, 7, all of 15 to the
bottom, and then 17N62B, 13, and 14 over to Letts Lake for lunch.
Ed powers out of a ravine
17N02 to M10 to all of Trail 6
to the west end of trail 4.
In the creek
The climb up the west end of 4 is getting pretty torn up with bigger
boulders & rock ledges now. This section is labeled blue-intermediate,
but should be black-diamond. I'm glad we got up it OK. Way too
gnarly to stop & get trail photos.
Stopped at Memorial Rock (only one so far) near the top of 4, and then
continued up to the top of Goat Mountain for a break.
The Goat Mtn ridgeline with the infamous Goat Rock in the background
Rode back to the last part of trail 4 to ride it all the way to the east end.
Nice fast & flowing trail! We rode up M5 to Cedar Camp so Ed could see
the CG, then back down to Goat Mtn Road to camp. 68 miles for the day.
I was amazed how few moto tracks we came across. We laid down virgin
tracks on several trail sections. Had to stop & clear a downed tree near
the bottom of trail 15.
It was cool at Letts Lake and on top of Goat Mtn. What a gorgeous day
for a ride!
Stopped at Granzella's in Williams for drinks & a nice dinner afterwards.
THANKS for chasing me through the forest & dinner Ed!