No talk of flow or chunk....No *****in about this or that while hiding behind cute little internet names..... No beer reviews......No pissing on each others leg.....Just an actual ride report, well I'll be.
Took the dog up to Grouse Ridge for a nice little run out to the granite slabs up Fordyce Creek on the Spaulding Lake Trail on Sunday. The trail was in pretty good shape, a couple of trees down that were not there last year, but overall it's in pretty good shape for what it is. Saw a few families out for what must have been a Fathers Day outing, most were wondering what the hell I was doing out there on a bike, funny, I would imagine bikes are the only things keeping this trail open for the most part.
We just kind of cruised along, nothing too fast, Sasha is nearly 8 years old and loves to run, but she needs a slower, technical trail so she doesn't blow herself up, Spaulding Lake Trail is perfect for that. I hadn't really had a plan for the day, I knew I wanted to get the dog some exercise, but beyond that I had no real destination.
Sasha and I had lunch at the slabs and made our way back to the car. Passed a few dogs walking their owners without much trouble, I love it when you can get away from the masses and let your dog run, for the most part everyone else we met seemed to have the same idea.
Once we got back to the truck I had a decision to make, slack off and head back home with my mighty 9 mile mtb ride with the dog or head out for a lap of some Grouse Ridge action. I opted to head up to the lookout at Grouse Ridge. It had been years since I had made the climb up to the peak, I remember it being much harder back in the day.... The 6 mile 2000' climb rolled out pretty nicely, there were a few cars coming down but for the most part they were all really cool, mostly coming to a stop so I could pass without getting completely dusted out.
Once I made the peak it was decision time. I could roll the trails down to Lindsey/Carr Lakes and beyond or I could hit the Grouse Ridge South Trail back down to the Spaulding Lake Trail. I used to ride this trail pretty often, a couple of times a year at least, but my best guess is it's been nearly 10 years since I'd been down it.
I opted to drop down the South trail. It's pretty blown out and technical in spots, amazing in others, completely unrideable in yet more areas. Regardless, I had a great time, albeit being pretty careful since I was alone and not a soul but the dog knew where I was going. I was pretty sure I was lost at times, there were whole sections that I didn't remember one bit, mostly the rideable stuff, I seemed to remember it being a boulder field for much of the 4 miles down to Fordyce Creek, but some of the stuff was really nice.
I finally dropped out on the Spaulding Lake Trail for my second time down this gem today. It was getting a bit late in the day and the shadows and sun coming through the trees made it even more enjoyable. The creek is still flowing pretty good so I was accompanied by the sound of rushing water for most of the return trip.
This is pretty rugged riding, certainly not for everyone. I didn't see but a couple of bike tracks all day. But for the folks that like to experience a very primitive riding experience, this is a pretty cool place. I was pretty shot by the time I hit the truck. Barrett Lake last weekend and Grouse Ridge this weekend is about all the fun I can stand(or fall) for a week. The road bike might get some use this week while I heal up
As I was coming back to the truck I passed a group of hikers that Sasha and I had met on the way back, they were on their way out to the slabs. They were amazed to hear that I had looped another 20 miles since I saw them last. I explained that this was one of the reasons I ride a bike, I get to see so many places that so few people ever experience and can still be asleep in my bed that evening, pretty cool.
We should all try to remember that....
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