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Old 07-20-2009, 01:21 PM   #1
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WF09 Am Flag Mtn trip planning

This is a trip planning thread for the American Flag Mountain trip I am leading for WestFest 09.



Day: Saturday, 9:00am
Meeting spot: covered tables at the bottom of the hill where we eat.
Distance: about 130 mi round trip.

This trip would be best for a 250-550cc bike. A license plate will be required. There are steep rocky sections. An expert rider on an XR650L or a G650X Challenge would have no problems, but if this will be your first ride in the Rocky Mountains, this is probably not the ride for you.

I’ve incorporated a few sections of single track before we hit the mountain to help people decide if they are prepared for the full trip. The first section of single track is short, flat, and easy to get to. The second section is longer and steep. Both sections are rocky. If you are going to have an issue completing the trip, you should be able to figure that out after one of these first two sections. It will be easy to find your way back to camp if you need to split off at this point. Even so, if there’s any possibility that you might not join us for the full trip, please bring a map or GPS that you know how to use.

The rest of the route will be some pavement (Cottonwood Pass); mostly graded two lane dirt roads (to Spring Creek Res.); 5-15 miles of jeep trails; a few miles of rocky singletrack; and one short, steep, rocky hillclimb at the peak. If we are feeling peppy after getting off the mountain we will return on Lily Pond Trail, which is gorgeous but difficult single track.

If you need some help deciding if you should join this trip, ask yourself these questions:
Do I enjoy catching a few feet of air?
Have I ridden rocky trails in the mountains before?
Can I right my bike from an awkward position by myself?
Can I ride over obstacle on steep trails while standing up?

If the answer to any of these is no, this isn’t the ride for you.

I have 2 extra maps, $12 ea. Let me know if you want one.

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Old 07-20-2009, 01:38 PM   #2
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Post a message here if you want to participate in this ride. Please do not PM me, my inbox is a mess.

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Old 07-20-2009, 02:14 PM   #3
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I’ve just returned from a weekend at Spring Creek (ride report here). I’ve been thinking that the old Flag Mtn ride requires an awful lot of road riding for a relatively small amount of trail riding so the route is getting changed a bit. It is very similar to the old route, but now incorporates a fair amount of single track.

The trail is steeper than I think this looks. That's Italian peak in the background. You can also faintly see the trail to the south traversing the opposite side of the canyon.


A lot of the trail looks like this, rocky:


This is a typical obsticle, a big rock in the middle of a steep trail.

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Old 07-20-2009, 07:01 PM   #4
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Old 07-20-2009, 07:14 PM   #5
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So with the new route, whats the approx milage and is there fuel stops any where on the new route?
Looks like a ride I would like to do
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Put Wil and Farrell in for the ride. wr250 dr 650
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Old 07-20-2009, 07:21 PM   #7
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So with the new route, whats the approx milage and is there fuel stops any where on the new route?
Looks like a ride I would like to do
same mileage, about 130 miles. I've been told there is gas in Taylor Park by a number of people and we are planning to stop there for a refuel.
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Old 07-20-2009, 07:38 PM   #8
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I've got a couple of buddies coming from out of town that I can't speak for, but I'll tentatively say "in" for the three of us.
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So with the new route, whats the approx milage and is there fuel stops any where on the new route?
Looks like a ride I would like to do
So does this mean you're in?
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Looks like an interesting trip...

I'm not sure what bike(s) I'm taking yet but I'm probably in!
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This seems like a good way to spend Saturday , yup yup.
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Looks like fun and would love to join in. It may be with only 50 of your closest friends.
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:23 PM   #14
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It may be with only 50 of your closest friends.
Yes, it's getting to be time to split this group into two. I need someone to volunteer as a leader. Someone with a GPS. Your group will go first so if you get turned around my group will eventually show up and point you in the right direction.

I also need 2 sweepers.
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Participants:
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unless my out of state guests have other plans...
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