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Old 02-20-2014, 10:20 PM   #16
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Defeated for lack of a trimming tool, we retreated from the overgrown trail.



The trail is pretty good where it has been cleared.



There are a couple of small obstacles.



Our escape seemed much faster than the entry.
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Old 02-20-2014, 10:41 PM   #17
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We had a decision to make. With Minni a bust, we could head straight up to the Mill in Crown King for an early lunch or see if we could find the section of Wagoner trail we always miss. I have done some looking around in the past for Wagoner trail from the bottom with no luck. I planned to take Minni to the top where we should have been at the top of Wagoner, then take Wagoner down after lunch. Instead, we decided to risk it and head for the bottom of the trail, knowing we might not find anything and have to go all the way around to the top. Maybe we should have had a little sanity check since we have some experience with the western section of this trail (Check out post 9 and beyond of this RR). I could have at least used those handy topo lines on my GPS map to predict what we would have to climb.


The trail started off really mellow.



I made the cursed comment, "well if it stays like this, it'll be cake!"



At least it's not so grown over that I can't see the trail!



Slowred prepares for the descent to the creek.



And down he goes!



This wouldn't be so bad if you didn't have to duck!



Ducking under the branches in the creek means you lose sight of the trail up the other bank.



Since you can't spot your line very well it's tempting to back off the throttle.



But you have to keep moving to get up the steep slope on the other side.



And he made it!
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Old 02-20-2014, 10:52 PM   #18
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This low/high tree combo was interesting. That upper tree wasn't budging so the bike-drag was the only option.



This is a very obvious trail, so you can appreciate how faint Minni was.



There were a lot of these off-camber situations. Remember that handling problem I was having? These were extra-hairy for me! My mantra for the trail: "don't fall off the edge, don't fall off the edge, don't fall off the edge!"



The switchbacks might have been a little smoother without the wobble, too.



These old trail markers are all over in the Bradshaws. They're fun to find. These trails have been around a long time.

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Old 02-20-2014, 10:59 PM   #19
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This trail had some really nice flowing sections between the obstacles too.



They were mostly in the lower section of the trail, though.



The higher you get...



The rockier and steeper the trail gets.



And then there was this rockpile. From the bottom you can't really see the line, so it looks like you're headed straight up the pile.



I was holding the camera in portrait orientation for pictures and at the last second decided to hit the video button. I think I jinxed Slowred's climb!
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Old 02-20-2014, 11:04 PM   #20
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Slowred coming into the next rock garden.



Oh no! Not again!



Just kidding!



A little dab'll do ya!



The 350 is the right tool for this job!



Another point!



And now he's on my rear wheel.
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Old 02-20-2014, 11:11 PM   #21
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The picture doesn't really do this justice. It's a steep downhill and that rock at the bottom is slightly angled. Without enough momentum you could start up that rock and spin yourself sideways onto the ground pretty quick. I was going to go around but made a split second decision at the bottom to try going straight up. It worked!



Slowred coming down the hill.



He decided to play it safe.



I don't blame him. That's what I should have done!



When we saw the imposing monolith of granite, we knew we would be climbing... somehow.
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Old 02-20-2014, 11:29 PM   #22
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Yes, this is still more open than Minni!



Several of these switchbacks weren't even wide enough to float the front tire around. I tried the stand-up pirouette move a couple of times but never made it all the way around.



This is a good example of what you're dealing with on a few of them.



Slowred and his trials tire shod 350 make it look too easy.



Lunch at the Mill was a very welcome break. We both walked out of there absolutely stuffed. The front way, down to Bumble Bee, was starting to look appealing. But the back way is almost that smooth now!


This if from the vantage point where Slowred was taking a picture of me taking a picture of him. I put the Canon's 14x zoom to work to catch Slowred and the mystery 2-stroke rider.



There are lots of little water crossings on the way down. It's really amazing considering how long it has been since there was any precipitation in the area.



About a quarter mile from the CK rock I pinch flatted. Too much compression damping and a little too aggressive riding in the rocks bit me, even with the front tire at 16 psi. I patched the tube and Javelina came to our rescue with his awesome pump! Thank you again!

That was a fun ride. I think that section of Wagoner will find its way into many future rides. It's a great way to avoid traffic on the bigger roads.
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Old 02-21-2014, 12:10 AM   #23
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Awesome! Thanks for taking the time to share!
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Old 02-21-2014, 07:53 PM   #24
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Love it. Was there signage identifying the minni trail? Curious as to how you found it in the first place.

That whole area up there is just so cool, the old trail sign picture really makes you want to know more about who, what, why etc. At some point the trail was well enough used to warrant a sign. Hmmm.
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Up or down this time? I have some ideas for loops!
I'd be up for that, such a great area to ride.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:59 AM   #26
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Love it. Was there signage identifying the minni trail? Curious as to how you found it in the first place.

That whole area up there is just so cool, the old trail sign picture really makes you want to know more about who, what, why etc. At some point the trail was well enough used to warrant a sign. Hmmm.
There wasn't an old wood sign (that we found) for Minni. The trail is in the PNF TMR. The description on the PNF site is pretty sparse. This is the only sign we found:


There's some interesting history in those mountains.
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