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    John Muir, etc... what to ride?

    Coming out to Elkhorn for a visit next weekend. Been a few years....... Rode Blue and White trails at Muir last time I was out. Rented a FS that time from Backyard Bikes which I thought was overkill for those trails. Decided to try out a 29+ hardtail (Trek Stash 7) this time. I doubt we'll do more than a 2-3 hour ride. Probably not even gonna bother sending out any gear, might just rent a helmet and go with flats and tennis shoes since we'll likely only do 1 ride!

    Any other suggestions? Don't wanna ditch the family all day so I'm thinking fairly close to that area is best. So that leaves Muir/Emma Carlin & Alpine Valley probably?
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    John Muir, Emma Carlin, and Alpine Valley are certainly the best stashes of trail in that general area.

    If you've got 3 hours, you can link John Muir and Emma together with the Connector trail. You can park at either trailhead and put together a nice ride without having to make repetitive loops.

    Emma is a little more technical than Muir, but you can certainly ride any of it with a hardtail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjlavesser View Post
    John Muir, Emma Carlin, and Alpine Valley are certainly the best stashes of trail in that general area.

    If you've got 3 hours, you can link John Muir and Emma together with the Connector trail. You can park at either trailhead and put together a nice ride without having to make repetitive loops.

    Emma is a little more technical than Muir, but you can certainly ride any of it with a hardtail.
    Thanks CJ, did pretty much exactly what you suggested. We parked at Bluff road and looped Emma and back. I wanted a bit more so I dropped my brother towards the end and had him pick me up at Muir. Had a blast, just under 3 hours for 21 miles and the 29+ was perfect for those trails. Had a tasty honey ham sandwich and Spotted Cow at the general store and even ran into a guy from my hometown in CO there! We apparently both tried to rent the same bike today. Small world.

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    Hi...going next weekend...any info? Updates? Need to get a pass or anything like that? Never been

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    If riding at Muir or Emma, you'll need the $5 trail pass and the day parking pass (which I'm guessing is $8) if you don't have annual passes. Trails are well marked. Emma is a bit more technical than Muir (although orange loop at Muir is also technical). If you're looking for a real cardio workout, Alpine is where it's at and the flowy descents are a nice reward for all your climbing. This isn't marked quite as well, but the majority of it is just follow the singletrack with no other option. Day pass here is $2. The loop is about 9 miles. You can cut parts off of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollyanne99 View Post
    If riding at Muir or Emma, you'll need the $5 trail pass and the day parking pass (which I'm guessing is $8) if you don't have annual passes. Trails are well marked. Emma is a bit more technical than Muir (although orange loop at Muir is also technical). If you're looking for a real cardio workout, Alpine is where it's at and the flowy descents are a nice reward for all your climbing. This isn't marked quite as well, but the majority of it is just follow the singletrack with no other option. Day pass here is $2. The loop is about 9 miles. You can cut parts off of it.
    Thank you Holly...where do you purchase?

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    Quote Originally Posted by everything motorcycl View Post
    Thank you Holly...where do you purchase?
    All can be purchased in the parking lots. There are self-pay envelopes.

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