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    Camelback..... It's more than a hydration pack.

    I'd heard that the FS had marked and/or gps'ed a new trail that circumnavigates Camel Back Peak near Success summit so decided to go exploring today.

    It still needs NEPA work and final approval before trail construction can actually begin but a buddy of mine said that you can connect game trails and ATV trails to complete the loop now, so that's about all the encouragement I needed.

    It starts at Success Summit and climbs to Mosier saddle on jeep roads.

    On Mosier saddle looking north. I'd be heading South.
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    I soon found out why the ATV's gave up when I entered the first Aspen stand as I started around the Northwest side of the peak. Lots of tangled deadfall and scanty game trails to follow.
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    Fortunately for me, I had a 32lb bike and not a 300 lb Texas Wheel chair as a conveyance device so was able to step over said deadfall and find my way to clearings and rideable trail.
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    Can you eat this one? No idea.
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    Yes, there's a bit of a trail through here. I promise.
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    As I worked my around to the west face things cleared up somewhat but I found myself on the wrong side of this cliff and had to backtrack and gain a little more altitude.
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    This is better. Glamour shot of my little berg and the 5.Spot.
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    There was a fair amount of rideable stuff as I round the Southwest corner.
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    As I got around to the South face the sidehill got really steep so there was more HAB than riding but the deer were still leaving a place to plant my feet.
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    A short rideable spot as I round the Southeast corner of the Peak.
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    But it soon became quite a bit of this again.
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    It's been a dry year but there was still a few tiny wildflowers clinging to life on the high scree slopes.
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    I started to drop down into this Aspen stand but after a minute decide I was best to stay high and maintain altitude.
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    You may have seen me post pictures of Cave Lake rides in the past. You can see the little pond down below me here. Twisted Pine loop that I recently reported on roughly circles that Square Top that you see to the right of the lake. Future trail plans should also include some fun swoopy Flow trail down toward the Lake and Steptoe Creek way down below.
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    This is what passed for a trail on this part of the ride.
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    Staying high rewarded me with some fun rocks to play on.
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    And finally facing North again towards Mosier saddle. This loop has potential and we're meeting with the FS rec planner this week to get work started for making this trails a reality.

    KRob------> Doing his "New trail happy dance".
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    awesome ppictures!
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    Looks fantastic, it's always good riding new trails too!
    - The seasons blow away, but the love is just the same -

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    Those pictures are stunning

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    Wow, that looks like a ton of fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shwinn8 View Post
    awesome ppictures!
    Quote Originally Posted by JerB View Post
    Those pictures are stunning
    Thanks. Stunning and awesome country helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D45yth View Post
    Looks fantastic, it's always good riding new trails too!
    Thanks. Not quite a trail yet.... but hopefully it will be soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barheet View Post
    Wow, that looks like a ton of fun!
    I love getting out and exploring, especially in the high country.... even if it was only about 50/50 riding to hike-a-biking. Like my dad always says, "Hiking is fun too".

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    Kent you are a great explorer. Thank you for your pictures and narrative.

    Thanks for you and your group doing all the hard work with the FS to make this a reality in the future.
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    Rad!
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    Sweet pics man! That looks like some serious climbing, especially when I see cave lake all the way down there!! Yikes!!
    "Im just going to explore a little bit..."

    Dont make me be the bad guy...

    Do I need a pass to ride this trail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redmon View Post
    Sweet pics man! That looks like some serious climbing, especially when I see cave lake all the way down there!! Yikes!!
    Thanks, Shawn. I did most of that climbing in the truck because I started at Success Summit which is about 9000'. The trail itself contours around the peak so I think my total climbing was only about 600'.

    But... a descent down to Cave lake from Camelback would be sweeeet.

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