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    Truckee - Verdi Peak Ride

    Today, my friend and I did a challenging but spectacular CX ride to Verdi Peak, just east of Truckee.

    We started at the Boca Reservoir and climbed up USFS 72 and other roads all the way to Verdi Peak, which rewarded us with some stunning views of Truckee, Martis Valley, Reno and the surrounding area.

    The route was often rocky, so it made for some very demanding sections both up and down. You want to hit this loop with large CX tires (40) or a mountain bike.

    31 miles, 4100' of climb. This will be an annual trek for me!

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    Yes, I rode this a couple of years ago and it was a very scenic ride. You can also descend from the other side of 72 and make a loop thru Dog Valley. You may also like climbing Sardine peak, north of Stampede

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    That looks so great! I was just there for work about a month ago. No bike though Looks like so much good rideable area around there! Looks like you can just take 72 all the way to Verdi Peak Road to the top then turn around and head to Boca.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTB Marco View Post
    Looks like you can just take 72 all the way to Verdi Peak Road to the top then turn around and head to Boca.
    Sure, but what we did was continue on 72 north to Henness Pass Road > Stampede Dam Road > back to our car.
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    Is that ride cross bike able these days? Last time I was up there it was buuuurrrrrllllyyy. Maybe it has been graded.

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    It was definitely borderline rideable on the CX. Personally speaking, I enjoyed it, but others may not.

    So what other big CX adventure rides are there near Truckee? :-)
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    Oh I see what you did. I just got my first cross bike and have only done road rides on it so far but I'm excited to start doing some dirt routes.

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    Good job! The rock gardens in spots are pretty big with up to soccer ball size rocks. It is a beautiful spot with amazing views.

    Did it on a Husky 510 a few years ago, not very hard on a dirtbike, but was really rocky in spots. I did hit a good sized rock and tore my side wall about a mile from the fire lookout. I was thinking the whole time this would be tough on my mt bike.

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    This looks awesome! I've been scoping out this ride for a few weeks now and might try it with a friend this weekend. Good to know it's possible on a CX.

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    It's funny, but after decades of mountain biking, I find myself drawn to these alternate rides (or at least alternate to me). I'm less interested in railing down the Best Trail on the Internet with perfectly dialed cushy 160mm of travel than seeking out experiences less familiar to me, like hitting a rocky fireroad climb on a CX bike.

    Part of this is me getting older, but in a good way :-)
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