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    Gold canyon sunday rides

    They're back! The Sunday Morning Ride at Gold Canyon.

    Join us this Sunday for the 2012-13 Sunday Season Kickoff! We'll be meeting at the Cloudview Trailhead parking area and ready to roll at 8 AM. We'll plan to hit the "Best of Gold Canyon"--Lost Gold Mine, Cougar, Gila Monster, Secret, K and Holy Hill. Plan on about three hours, about 20 miles and 1500 or so feet of climbing. Gold Canyon trails provides something for everyone. Bring your bike, bring a friend and lets ride!

    Directions: US-60 E to N on Kings Ranch Road, approximately 2.8 miles, turn right on E. Baseline Ave. and follow the brown "hiker/trail head" signs to the Cloudview parking area. See map.

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    Sweet. Love me some Gold Canyon. Looks like I'm getting into the McDowells this Sunday, but I'll sure make it out soon. These mornings are getting pretty nice.
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    Count me in!

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    Perfect! I was just asking about the gold canyon trails. This sounds like a perfect way to check it out and see whats out there! What will the pace be? I am in okay shape but climbing tends to kick my a$$ here lately from my summer slack off...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AzKennedy View Post
    ...this sounds like a perfect way to check it out and see whats out there! What will the pace be? ...
    AzKennedy, we don't ride at race-pace. We usually take a few breaks at the highlights, session some of the technical stuff, enjoy the ride. While there's no extreme climbing, it's pretty easy to accumulate 1500 feet and not know it. Generally we bag 15 to 20 miles in about 3 hours.

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    I will be in Phoenix 11-13 October (never ridden out west) hope to ride every day. You do this trail thursday- friday - or saturday?

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    This sounds great! I've ridden the trails out there a few times, but always wondered if I was riding in the right direction, or taking the most fun lines...
    Really want to make it this weekend, I gotta see if I can trade shifts with someone at work, though. Hopefully I can make it work and join you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjscrogins99 View Post
    I will be in Phoenix 11-13 October (never ridden out west) hope to ride every day. You do this trail thursday- friday - or saturday?
    tjscrogins99,
    Someone is likely to be riding any or all of those days...any takers?

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    I'm gonna have to get out there, and try those trails. This is a regular ride, right?
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    I plan to head out there this saturday with a friend. Looking forward to checking out some new (to us) riding.

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    Great riding out there by any measure. I'll have to wait till my bad knee lets me ride again.

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    Good to hear, how is the signage? Will I be able to tell where I am going, will have a pocket gps just in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevhogaz View Post
    I'm gonna have to get out there, and try those trails. This is a regular ride, right?
    It will be a regular ride, Sundays at 8, leaving from Cloudview parking lot. Weather's getting great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjscrogins99 View Post
    Good to hear, how is the signage? Will I be able to tell where I am going, will have a pocket gps just in case.
    Most of the trails are now signed.

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    Hi GM;
    I'll be there mid October; want to meet and see whats in store for building for this winter.
    cheers. enjoy the ride, tho I note that its still over 100 there at noon; whereas it is 65 here in BC.
    Ride On.
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    Gold Canyon Trail Map

    Is there a recent update of the GC trails? TS

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    TS, rains this monsoon season have taken a slight toll in areas, so a little maintenance in some areas is in order, but overall things are in good shape.

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    I saw some footage of the rain there; huge!
    Lookin fwd to ridin GC soon. cheers, and thanks .TS

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjscrogins99 View Post
    I will be in Phoenix 11-13 October (never ridden out west) hope to ride every day. You do this trail thursday- friday - or saturday?
    i can show you around on that saturday morning. I put in 15 miles out there today
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjscrogins99 View Post
    I will be in Phoenix 11-13 October (never ridden out west) hope to ride every day. You do this trail thursday- friday - or saturday?
    I can show you some of the trails in the McDowells early Thurs. if you're up for some of our climbing trails. PM me to hook up.

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    Been dying to get out there, but always wanted someone "in the know" to show the best/most fun route...so this sounds great!

    Not sure where I'd fall with everyone in terms of fitness (most rides lately have been ~12mi and 1.5 - 2hrs). I assume that with some basic directions, you could point someone back to the lot if they had to bail early for whatever reason?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BullitTom View Post
    Been dying to get out there, but always wanted someone "in the know" to show the best/most fun route...so this sounds great!

    Not sure where I'd fall with everyone in terms of fitness (most rides lately have been ~12mi and 1.5 - 2hrs). I assume that with some basic directions, you could point someone back to the lot if they had to bail early for whatever reason?
    BullitTom, you'd fall right in with the rest of us.
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    Looks like I got an afternoon shift this week, so if you're still doing the ride this Sunday morning, I'm in!
    "There's nothing like touching earth you've never touched"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bazooka_beard View Post
    Looks like I got an afternoon shift this week, so if you're still doing the ride this Sunday morning, I'm in!
    Hey B_B,

    Sunday is on. Please note that we're meeting in the Cloudview parking lot (see first post by me in this thread for the map directions). See you there at 8!
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    Any chance to do one/some of these on a Saturday? Deanna and I want to join, but I have a disease called the "Arizona Cardinals" that prevents me from riding late/longer on Sundays...or at all on home-game Sundays...

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz View Post
    Any chance to do one/some of these on a Saturday? Deanna and I want to join, but I have a disease called the "Arizona Cardinals" that prevents me from riding late/longer on Sundays...or at all on home-game Sundays...

    Thanks!

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    Walt, after the Coco250 on the 12th, I'll be free on Sat. if you want the full meal deal tour.
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    GM - Will be heading out this AM with another friend in tow. Should be in the parking lot by 8. See you there! I've got a bright green Blur and friend is riding (my old) bright blue Bullit.

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    On my way with 2 others, well probably be there right around 8
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    Good riding with you all this morning! You got a taste of what Gold Canyon offers. Here's a link to the map (I hope the link works!) from today if you want it for future reference. And keep mid-Octoberish in mind for rolling the knobbies down the BCT!

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    Thanks for taking us around! It was good to meet everybody and ride, albeit only for a little while. Definitely reinforced how much I like those trails!
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    X2 on the "thank you" to GM for leading us around yesterday! Had a blast riding with everyone, but man...I was wiped out at the end! It was a good exhaustion, though. And made for a good excuse to vegetate on the couch watching the race and/or Cards game the rest of the afternoon!

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    Anyone down for a ride tomorrow? 8am at the Cloudview lot. Group pace, all are welcome. Come check out all the latest additions. See original post for directions.
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    See you at 8 John. I won't be in for an epic after today, but want to get out there anyway.

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    I hear ya, not looking to shatter any records by any stretch. I'm just really diggin' GC lately with all the new tread!! Plus, we'll be doing our part by packing down the newly minted trails!!
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    Did the 22 mile Cave Creek loop today so no GC for me tomorrow but I plan to come out and join you guys soon. Have wanted to check these trails out. Have a good ride.

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    GM: sorry I missed you Sun AM; I arrived at 9AM to take any stragglers; but none appeared so just rode:
    Parking to Cougar to 2GM to Gila monster to Diamondback to Mohave to K to Kiki to Snowbird (went 'up' the counter clockwise way and added some gravel to the loose areas--needs more tho) then down Snowbird and re-traced my route back to Cloudview.
    Met 14 riders on trail; a record. The new trails are getting good reviews. Many thanks to that mystery trailbuilder from the North.
    All trails are now signed and the new map is available.
    cheers.
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