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    Your biggest descent - largest elevation loss

    What's your biggest vertical loss in elevation for non-park riding? I'm not talking about total elevation loss during a ride, but the change from the highest point to the lowest point. Post up your GPS info!


    At this point in time, mine is just over 2000' vertical feet. I'm hoping to change that next year with an epic 5000' foot descent down Hull Mountain in the Mendocino Nat'l Forest.

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    14,110- 6900ish = pikes peak down to colorado springs. not sure what i can do to get bigger other then not catch a ride to the top.

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    Whole enchillada/burro down. What a great ride. Shuttle up obviously, but still a good amount of climbing.
    Elevation Gain: 2,049 ft
    Elevation Loss: 8,569 ft
    Min Elevation: 3,963 ft
    Max Elevation: 11,194 ft


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    mine might be the double loop that we do at soquel demo forest, i think approx 3k' feet total (does anyone have GPS data for the loop below):

    up the fireroad, down ridge, down corral, up sulphur springs, then down sawpit all the way to hihn's mill, and climb back out.
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    What Shark said.

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    Just came back from the unforgettable andes trip with Big Mountain. The second day of riding had us peak at around 11,500 ft and end at the ocean 50 km later... I don't think I will ever top that ride!

    The riding is so epic in Peru, many days days had us at over 14,000 feet and drop 2-3000 feet on a single ride!

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    Not my plot, but outside of the Whole Enchilada, this is the biggest one I've done. Kennebec Pass -> Durango, Start @ 12,000ft to the bottom trailhead @ 6200ft.


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    lol probably 500-1000 feet.

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    Deadmans ridge, Missoula Mt.

    Trailhead elevation 3400
    summit elevation 6460
    Total elevation loss 3060'

    I rode this trail probably 30-40 times while I lived in Missoula, almost always with a shuttle. Attempted the climb on my own three times and only reached the top once under my own power, the others after my legs and lungs where on fire I probably only made it 70%. I'm headed back to take it on again next summer! Hopefully that will be enough to keep me motivated and in the gym during the rain season in Portland.

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    Is this for bragging rights or background info.

    I did that descent at Hull Mountain. Other big ones.
    Downieville ~ 5K ft
    Mt Ashland ~ 5K ft
    Little Pine, Santa Barbara ~ 4K ft
    Ultimate Trail, Verbier, Switzerland ~ 7K ft. (lots of big descents in the Alps)
    Frosty's Park to town (name?), Colorado Springs ~ 4Kft.
    Alpine Trail, Oakridge, Or ~ 4K ft.

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    Mauna Kea....I went from about 12000 ft to the ocean...mostly paved.

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    Aside from the Porcupine Rim route, it's the Curley Lake highline in Montana. Just over 4,100 down from the top.


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    No GPS, but Eagle Peak at 9321ft to Sandbar Flat at 2750ft in Tuolumne County, CA

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    Sorry, no GPS. From Roque de los Muchachos to sea level. 7960ft to zero

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    from about 10,500 to 4,500. 'Twas a great ride.
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    From Mt. Haleakala (Maui) to the sea. 10023ft. Climbed about half of it before riding down - my wife gave me a ride.

    Mountain biking - maybe Cannell Plunge? Though it is not continuous.

    P.S. My biggest elevation loss overall would be about 16000ft in about a minute. Skydiving from 18000ft.
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    How about the biggest decent ever that you rode your bike to the top...All Mountain. I need to look through my GPS info and see what I have.

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    One of my rides
    Total ascent=3,848 feet
    Total descent=3,871 feet
    Max positive gradient= 15.8%
    Max negative gradient=4.8%
    Distance 44.3 miles.

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    Ah, biggest decent while riding all the up and down, less one OTB

    5K descent, loving the alps...

    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/49154766

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    From the crater down through Mt. Haleakala's Kula Forest Reserve, alpine to jungle, to open field grasslands, then red dirt ranch properties to the beach- many times. What a blast, all-day adventure through all the micro climes you sift through. A bit off everything.

    Massive off-road descending - 9k plus drops with discreet creativity.





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    Mt Marston by Eureka-4k
    Columbia Mountain backside by Columbia Falls-4.2k

    These trails could be done chainless on the way down.

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    yup, Id have to say the Whole Enchillada, Moab Utah as well, Im sure there could be others but I cant remember.

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    You can do 18,000 ft descents in the Himalaya! Check this out https://www.lostearthadventures.co.u...ggest-descent/

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    This was before gps existed, but I rode up a mountain outside of Fort Collins Colorado, it might have been Horse Mtn, took an hour of fairly steep fire road climbing all the way up.
    The descent took a lot less time than that
    Googled it up. Horsetooth Mountain
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horsetooth_Mountain

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    Moab TWE - did the meadows start so missed out on ~1'K elevation.

    10,637' - 4.037' = 6,600' differential.
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    Not the biggest descent...

    We have a local OAB that we do once a year. 4000' in 8.5 miles. The descent is definitely earned.