Thanks to those terrible websites that track where people ride their bicycles, I noticed what looked like an interesting way to hit the Western States Trail from Deadwood to Michigan Bluff, as a loop, instead of the usual out and back (from Michigan Bluff). Other than not anticipating where the snow line was, it was a pretty awesome remote, primitive adventure ride, and I look forward to going back when the snow has melted and the Forest Circus or moto clubs clear downed trees.
Our ride started at Michigan Bluff, and we took Chicken Hawk Rd. and Foresthill Rd. in a NE direction for almost 9 miles, which was a good warm-up.
The views were nice too:
We made it to Trail 5, off Foresthill Rd, but the snow on the side of the road hadn't really registered with us:
Doh! Lot's of snow patches (4,700') for a couple miles, but we pushed on:
Since these moto trails are closed right now, there hasn't been any maintenance... thus, there were no shortage of downed trees and debris from Foresthill Rd. all the way to Deadwood. No biggie.
Although Trail 5 & 6 are moto trails, they were really fun (once we got out of the snow):
We bottomed out our first descent at Indian Creek, which was as scenic of a setting as there is:
Then came about 40 minutes of hike-a-bike (10%) and climbing (90%) out of the canyon... not so bad, even with these odd anti-erosion features:
We noticed an old dirt bike down the hill... it was missing a few parts:
I really enjoyed the moto trails... some stuff was super buffed but a lot of it was rough and rowdy:
Token shot of Devil's Thumb... which I hadn't seen in 2 Tahoe-Sierra 100's or other times out that way:
Trail 6 from Devil's Thumb to the Western States Trail was completely awesome. Lot's of leaves covering the trail (felt like Fall) and some good chunky stuff:
Popping out on this viewpoint was nice:
We finally connected to the WST, and the descent to Michigan Bar was as great as ever... one of the best descents in NorCal:
Climbing up to Michigan Bluff brings back memories of TS-100 hike-a-bike fun, but I was far less toasted at this point:
About 26 miles and almost 6 hours later, we emerged and were pretty stoked on the route we did
I wrapped this St. Patrick's Day with a dog walk and a nice Guinness
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