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    TR: Getting high in Napa County

    I haven't done a TR in a while. This is one of those "one and done" adventure rides, so I'm going to be short on details and long on photos. I got a bug up my butt after reading about a new 7+ mile trail on BLM land and seeing some neat hiking photos. I couldn't find any evidence of mt. bikers riding this trail yet -- although mt. bikes are not banned from it -- so the idea of "being first" was compelling.

    With perfect weather, emerald green hills, and wildflowers in bloom, two buddies and I headed to Lake B-essa to see if we could put together a worthy loop. Everything worked out great for us, but due to some unexpected fences on the approach, and a bit more hike-a-bike than desired on the trail, I reckon this trail is best done as an out and back on foot.... but damn I loved it!

    Did I mention photos?

    The destination... 2,600' up:


    Gravel grinding along the very nice wildflower bloom:


    Getting higher:


    Topping out:


    At the top... scoping out a BIG jump:


    Nice views!


    Down we go!


    Challenging terrain, primitive trail, and stellar views:


    Some rough going here and there:


    Yummy:


    Oh yeah!


    Slabby:


    Out of the manzanita and sandstone... into the lush:


    Obligatory adventure ride H-A-B:


    Rad:


    Huffin' and puffin' through the poppies:


    Rest stop:


    1x10's lose


    Pretty much a goat trail:


    Actually... some goats would be good for this trail, given how overgrown with grass it is:




    This didn't suck:


    Steep:


    Really nice mile+ flowy ridge section:


    Almost at the end:


    22 miles and 3,500 footies. My kinda "mixed terrain" ride

    If anyone in the future stumbles on this thread, and you get the same bug in your butt that I did, PM me for details.

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    First thing I was gonna ask you is if you would do it again

    Ya snapped some cool pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeBC View Post
    First thing I was gonna ask you is if you would do it again
    You know me, TBC... of course I'd do it again, but I need a few years of increasingly forgetful memory to go back However... if I found myself in the vicinity, I'd give 'er a go again... especially after a friend told me the approach didn't have to be as sketch as it was, due to a couple gates south of where we entered.

    You would have dug the whole thing, big time

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    Without clicking your link - just looking at your pictures, I knew exactly where you went.
    And I've never been there before.
    Nice job!
    I've been meaning to check out that area for awhile now.
    Thanx for the recon.

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    Thats badass. Exactly where I thought it was too. I was kayaking there a couple months ago and the night before I had wandered onto a writeup about this exact trail. Awesome that you rode it. Looks like my type of ride.

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    Cool ride. Thanks for the report and pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisbtsc View Post
    Thats badass. Exactly where I thought it was too. I was kayaking there a couple months ago and the night before I had wandered onto a writeup about this exact trail. Awesome that you rode it. Looks like my type of ride.
    Cool! As long as you don't mind dismounting a lot (or if you are in Danny Macaskill's league), you will likely enjoy the route. Just know that there is a lot of HAB, especially for mere mortals like myself. Some pix that didn't make the first cut:

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    I wish it was a 7 mile flowy/techie descent, but it wasn't... it was just a fun adventure

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    Nice!
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Neato!

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    Nice job! I love exploring stuff like that. Fun techy trail is a bonus with the great views

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    Cool Empty Beer!! Looks adventurous and I'm surprised Jib hasn't been there.

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