This past weekend I was camping and mountain biking up in Central Idaho. More specifically I camped at Stanley Lake in the Sawtooths and went riding on Little Basin and Fisher-Williams in the Challis National Forest and White Clouds respectively.
I awoke to very cold temps Saturday morning and after having breakfast that consisted of hot cocoa and a bear claw and alot of water, I geared up and headed out to ride Little Basin in the Challis National Forest just north of where I was camping. Little Basin is considered one of the "classic" rides in the area and after riding it on Saturday I can see why.
Just awesome singletrack riding for most of the ride with some Forest Service and ATV roads thrown in for good measure. The ride started out pretty mellow for a short bit and then the climbing got more and more steeper and I just had to jump off my bike and push that mofo up. It was definately rideable, but you have to really commit to it and just do it....ehhh it probably also helps to have a strong engine and legs to conquer it too...neither of what I have. THANK GOD it wasn't a long ass climb to the top. But once on top.....oooooo the fun began!!!
Just a fun ass descent on a somewhat technical trail (not as techy as the Elk Meadows rocky descent), but you still had to be on the top of your game not to crash. After dropping down into a gorgeous meadow....there was more singletrack nirvana to be had!!! Just nice and flowy! There were a number of stream crossings (BRRRR!!!!) and some very short techy sections that I had to walk. After coming off the singletrack/ATV trail then it was a short climb on a FS road and then a quick descent back to my rig.
Just an awesome ride!!! I think it's about 14 miles and I think it took me about 2.5 hours to do. Way too much fun!!!
Here are some pix from Saturday....
Obligatory shot of Stanley Lake:
An old cabin near the start of the ride:
Obligatory shot of Big Peggy in the meadow:
Just some awesome singletrack:
Yeah I had to walk this part:
What my poor feet and legs had to get into a number of times:
Another old cabin:
Coming back from an awesome ride:
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