If a dog wrote this TR

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  • 09-17-2012
    Empty_Beer
    If a dog wrote this TR
    I spent the weekend at the BONC Trailwork dealio at Grouse Ridge. Built trail on Saturday, went on a solo adventure Sunday. Goal was to hit 4 trails I hadn't ridden before, and take inventory of the deadfall on Grouse Ridge (northern section). Really fun/hard ride, that just seemed to get better and better as the day went on... which got me thinking that my dog could write this TR :p

    Dropping Bull Pen Trail.... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Bull Pen Meadow... approaching Loney Meadow... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Heading up to Bowman Mountain... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Perfect high sierra singletrack... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Stunning overlook... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Heading towards the Black Buttes... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Towering walls... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Chunky monkey....OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    I could hit the island green in Rock Lake with a 7 iron... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Switchback scenery... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Berm on the re-route... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Work in progress! OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Goats! OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Loosey-goosey chunk... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    H20 refill at Milk Lake... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    An addition to my Abandoned Vehicle Thread... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!
  • 09-17-2012
    Empty_Beer
    Dropping Grouse Ridge from the top... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Blue Lake/Beyers Lake Trail... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Bouncing down to Fordyce... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Beloved slickrock... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Loamy forest... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Fordyce water refill... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Never gets old... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Green goodness... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Lake Spaulding bookends... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Finally found/rode upper Pioneer.... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Pioneer prettiness... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    Bear River beauty... OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


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  • 09-17-2012
    JMac47
    Poser!!! Well, um, your bike did do alot of that. Nice ride Empty Beer, can't believe how many trail micro-climates you went thru. Great pix.
  • 09-17-2012
    fred-da-trog
    You covered alots of parts. Totally enjoyed the pics. Thanks for sharing.
  • 09-17-2012
    Brewtality
    A Trail Report From Empty Beer???
    OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


    I love your trail reports.:thumbsup:
    Great pics. Very inspiring to get off the couch and try something new.
  • 09-17-2012
    rzims
    that whole thing was my favorite part....looks like a great ride and some nice shots!
  • 09-17-2012
    TahoeBC
    I know the first thing I would do as a dog;) but next on the list would be to sniff out your trail:thumbsup:
  • 09-18-2012
    Sean Allan
    Very cool Jeff, Thanks for the great pictures as usual! It's been years since I've been off the top of Grouse going any direction. Let me know next time you go, I'd love to join you.
  • 09-18-2012
    Huck Pitueee
    Nice shots! Good job on finding the pioneer trail What is the downed tree situation on the Spauding Lake Tr?
  • 09-18-2012
    Empty_Beer
    Conditions report:

    o Bull Pen Lake descent: 100% clear, heavy moon dust in places due to ranchers moooooving cows. Cow patties.
    o Loney Meadows loop: 100% clear. Cow patties
    o Bowman Mountain climb: <10 trees down on the climb
    o Lindsay Lk Trail/Grouse Ridge Trail junction to Shotgun Lake: 13 trees down. Ok trail conditions otherwise.
    o Shotgun Lake to Middle Lake: 30 trees down, pretty crappy trail conditions from lack of use.
    o Middle Lk to Glacier Lk junction: 20+ trees down and fairly crappy trail conditions from lack of use.
    o Glacier Lk to Milk Lk junction: 2 trees down, great trail conditions due to heavy use
    o Milk Lk junction to Grouse Ridge summit: Excellent
    o Grouse Ridge summit down to Blue Lk Trail: Only a handful of downed trees (thank you to who's taking care of this section!), very fun!
    o Blue Lk/Beyers junction to the East: Clear until the water crossing, then a good 6 downed trees until the Fordyce drop.
    o Spaulding Lk trail: I gave up counting downed trees... so many. The creative "ride overs" are nice but many are falling apart. Tried to fix some, but gave up.
    o Upper Pioneer to Laings: 100% clear and 1000% fun :thumbsup:

    Glad you enjoyed the TR... kinda hard to do a great photo presentation when you're riding solo.
  • 09-18-2012
    Scott forty G.
    This is the best TR i have read on the Norcal forum thus far!

    I am stoked!! Thank you
  • 09-18-2012
    kherron
    Wowee! I'm super jealous. Awesome ride :)
  • 09-18-2012
    GuruAtma
    Beautiful.
  • 09-18-2012
    Huck Pitueee
    Thanks for the detailed log report.
  • 09-18-2012
    chairthruster
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    Awesome Jeff!

    Is that Bigfoot crouching down for a drink on the Rock Lake island green?!
  • 09-18-2012
    Widgeontrail
    So did you ride the road back to your car or did someone give you a lift to the start?
  • 09-18-2012
    Empty_Beer
    You know it, Stripes! Conveniently hitched a ride with a kind tourist :D



    Good eye, Matt! I re-checked my film and noticed this one, which shows Bigfoot a little better..


    Sean - dropping Grouse to the south is definitely worth it now. Someone has done a great job clearing out many of the downed trees... still a few to contend with, but no biggie compared to what it was like 3-4 years ago. Very fun, somewhat primitive trail. Grouse to the north still sucks after the junction to Glacier Lake. Crooked Lakes is the better option for now.
  • 09-18-2012
    emptybe_er
    ...schweet! But I think your 'member-name' is weak, man, just w-e-a-k. ;)
  • 09-19-2012
    Buzzaro
    Personally, I'm looking forward to the Cat's report....
    Nice job
  • 09-19-2012
    redhawk
    :D:thumbsup::D
  • 09-19-2012
    mbmattcor
    That's my beer that was in empty beer's hand...I'm so famous now!
  • 09-19-2012
    Obi
    You forgot this part...


    OH OH OH...










    ..CHIPMUNK!!

  • 09-25-2012
    zachi
    Awesome ride report. Cant wait to see the trail work too! Good work Gang!

    z