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    Clifty katka loop?

    Anyone done this trail up by BF? I was hoping to ride it as a loop. Any tips? Is this trail worth the effort?

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    Coldest 4th of July ever.
    Unless you are into a 10 mile dirt road climb, I would suggest doing it as a shuttle. Leave one rig at teh bottoms and then start at the top where the trail starts. Take bear spray also; I think we saw 3 blacks when we were up there. The side hike to the top is well worth it.

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    Thanks. How long does the trail portion take? Is the road that bad? Or just long?

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    Clifty katka loop?

    I have to see if I can find the GPS track my friend sent me.
    As for the road, when we did it the road condition was excellent but it's just long. If you are an aerobic/cardio fiend who thinks adding ten miles of uphill to a long ride sounds like fun, go for it- the rest of us mere mortals were dying for a shuttle. :-)

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    Clifty katka loop?-34639_141628172513910_100000001834521_411163_3139071_n-copy.jpg
    This is the best I can do. I marked the start/finish so you can see how much road. We started at the top of the road, rode the trail NE, did the side hikes, single track all the way down to the "end" and then it's all high quality dirt road back to the top.

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    I think the road is actually longer than 10 miles.. I could be wrong. My wife and I attempted this 3 years ago. She was recovering from a serious injury so her aerobic level wasn't so great, so we made it to the actual single track much too late to finish the loop out. I did a short OAB on the singletrack while my wife waited back at the trailhead. When we got back to the car her computer odom said 26.5 miles. We figured 3k +/-of gain just from the road. I think it would be do able, but an early start and getting the road done fast is the key. I like to avoid extra driving if possible and usually don't have the option to shuttle, but its totally understandable why people do for rides like this!

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    Kyle, can you see the map I posted? I swear I posted a google earth screen shot...

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    Nope, I'm not seeing it for some reason

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    online, evdently I can't figure out attachments. I am trying to get the actual gps file

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    Cool, I really want to do this ride, not content with the small teaser we got.

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    Clifty katka loop?

    Update: yes definitely worth it! Although there a handful of really ugly hike-a-bike straight up the fall line pushes, the rest of the trail is quite lovely and not difficult. Our total ride time, counting two peak bags, lunch and photo stops, was around 4.5 hours. (estimate, I'm sure one of the strava folks has better info) Amazing views, two easy peak bags, and a five mile singletrack descent. We didn't see bears this time, but last time we saw at least three. Also, shuttle is highly recommended for mere mortals.
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    Here are some pics
    Elevation profile. Part of the fun of this trail is it is super easy to bag not one but two peaks: Clifty at 6705 and Katka at 6208. The weather was freaking amazing and it was very clear.



    View from top of Katka










    Getting ready for a 4.5 mile, 3500 ft singletrack descent.

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