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Old 01-15-2014, 08:34 PM   #1
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AZ- Lost Hills

Since the weather has been so spectacular here in Phx lately, I suggested a tour of Lost Hills trail in the Sycamore Creek area. Yardstick KTM 530 EXC was quick to say "sure". Everyone else we invited had more pressing things to do. Strange that everyone had to change out their muffler bearings on the same weekend. Lost Hills certainly has a few challenges and is a long hard day, but huge fun!

Yardstick is pumped and ready to tackle LH.


He wisely spooned on new donuts for our tour. They didn't look quite this good when we returned. But, then again, neither did we.


Yardstick has a Spot and isn't afraid to use it.


We start out on our favorite kind of trail, ST that doesn't allow Quads or 4x4's, Paintball Tr.


Did I mention that we have been having spectacular weather here in AZ?
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:47 PM   #2
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Next it was on to Pickax tr. Always fun with several technical sections!


Steep and loose was the theme for the day.


There are even spare parts should you need them!:loll


Here we start Lost Hills tr. Skull and Crossbones marks the spot. We were making great progress up to this point.


Did I mention how great the weather was? Sorry for you guys that are snowbound, but this is how we roll in the winter in AZ
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:59 PM   #3
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Sometimes you have just got to stop and take in the view.


Yardstick on a steep downhill, making sure I'm still keeping up.


You can see how steep this downhill was. It was horribly eroded compared to the last time we were down it. The bottom part had a nasty left hand turn about the time you have lost braking and were just sliding.
The hill climb in the distance has a wicked step at the top. I managed to loop my bike twice last time through here.
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:05 PM   #4
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Sequence of Yardstick tackling the hill.






Another tough hill climb.


There aren't too many easy hills on this trail.



He's still smiling!
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:27 PM   #5
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Sometimes the trail lulls you into a false sense of tranquility.


It never lasts long.




Who the hell plants all these cacti on the inside apex of every bloody turn??




Here Yardstick got knocked off his line on a brutal climb. Sometimes ya just gotta get off and push that b#%$@ up the hill.


Yep it was a nasty climb. Does he really expect me to follow him up that? Doesn't he realize how old and feeble I am?? Who's idea was this anyway? Oh...
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:40 PM   #6
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At the saddle of this lost hill someone marked the trail.


No souvenirs!


Beautiful view of Bartlett Lake up here. We are making progress!


Crap! Now we have to slide to the bottom of this hill.



After bulldogging and sliding the bikes down that hill we have a short section of flowing ST. But, around this uphill right hander you come to this. Yup, that is the trail.


We finally reach the log corral.
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:55 PM   #7
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You gotta love these brutal AZ winters.


Just when you think the trail is mellowing, you hit stuff like this!


Here Yardstick is telling me we still have the magically-self-healing-bear-of-a-hill to climb.


We had good momentum and had that hill beat…


Until this rock! It was tight in here and we had to scrape our way over that thing.


Yardstick wanted to go back and surf the rock to the bottom of the hill. We pushed and shoved it about twenty feet down the trail. It landed against the side of the "V" and we called it good. We were knackered by then, but had to climb back up to the bikes.




Yep, steep and loose!
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:07 PM   #8
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Ah, but the views. Bartlett Lake.


More steep and loose…


We finished off Lost Hills after the that last downhill. Once in the wash we boogied back to Pickax for the return. Pickax has a few fun sections as well






And he's gone…


Today's ride had a bit of everything.


This was my last pic. We were battling through overgrown branches all day. After this it was a quick ride back to the trucks. What a great day to be riding in AZ!!!!
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Old 01-16-2014, 05:29 AM   #9
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Got exhausted just looking at these great pictures. Extremely skilled riders for sure
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Old 01-16-2014, 05:46 AM   #10
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:23 AM   #11
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Nice RR, Slowred! I have a few more pics to add and eventually I'll get the video at least minimally edited.

We talked about a return to Lost Hills for a while. We were delayed a few times with scheduling problems and injuries, but we finally made it!

I was saving a new set of tires specifically for that last nasty climb on Lost Hills.



I might have saved them too long. They are marked 3812 (built the 38th week of 2012)!



The 530 should still put them to good use.



Slowred likes his trials tire. Each type of tire has its strengths and weaknesses and we were going to encounter them all.



Slowred coming down a hill on Paintball trail.



And the exit.
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:31 AM   #12
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This little rocky step-up caught Slowred and me.



I think the trials tire walked up some of the slick rock faces a little easier.



We both just needed a little more drive.



The penalty for bouncing left up this hill is a small drop into a rock garden, though.



We made a beeline for Lost Hills. Here's Slowred on the last bit of climb before the fun begins!



Slowred marks the start to keep an eye on our progress.
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:38 AM   #13
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Later I realized that this trail is probably the least accessible place you can be while still being close to civilization.



I came in a little hot to this drop-off. Slowred approaches at a more sane pace.



It's still an eye-opener!



The first of many on this trail.



These are the Lost Hills.



One more picture before the trail really gets tough.
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:44 AM   #14
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The lower section of this downhill used to only have one big rut.



Just don't try to dab to the left!



Slowred pops up the first rock climb with no problem.



This is a tough climb, but not the hardest we would encounter.



Just before this shot there is a section of trail that is very steep but so dug out that you can't ride it on the pegs. And it has multiple steps as you climb. We were ready for a break.
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:52 AM   #15
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Just one more tricky step to tackle.



Slowred takes the cautious approach.



This wouldn't be so bad if there was ground on the left.



The line Slowred took is the obvious one. There is a little bit of a rock face to his left that makes that a smooth step up. It's just hard to tell yourself to stay left!



Where's Waldo?



Yet another climb!



This one isn't so bad.



One of those that starts you thinking that the trail is easing up.
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