It was too nice to stay home so, loaded up with bike and beagle, I headed towards Vantage. Ancient Lakes sounded nice but since I was starting late I thought I'd knock 20 minutes off the drive and check out the Quincy Lakes area instead. Perched on the shelf above AL, I'd be able to (pretty much) drive straight in, avoiding the longer spiraling-in approach to AL from I-90.
I parked at the Evergreen Res. boat launch and picked up a trail heading NW. Let me just say now that I'd never ridden or hiked here before. It took me about 100 feet to figure out just how much it was going to suck. It was a great fisher/hunter/hiker trail but none of the aforementioned ever seem to (or need to) move a rock out of the trail. No ordinary rocks, these, uh-uh. Think square edged basketballs in groups of ten, spaced to allow no more than 5 or 6 pedal strokes between clumps. After spending more time off than on the bike I noticed that the cows, horses and deer didn't use the trail either. So taking a tip from the local fauna I left the trail and took off cross country, weaving my way along the web of critter trails. Suddenly it was fun again! I just wandered for awhile, picking my way along game trails and rimrock.
I ended up being out for 2hrs and covered maybe 5 miles. If you're looking for a fast, Ancient Lakes-type ride, this ain't it. If you want to get off the beaten track and dial in your slow-speed rock riding skills while taking in some gorgeous scenery, check it out. Next time it's nice I'll be heading back.
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