TR - Hurricane StG Fall 2017-
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    TR - Hurricane StG Fall 2017

    The list of road trip destinations is ever-expanding. Which can make it hard to get back to some of the past favorites. Aside from a brief stopover at Thanksgiving last year, it had been a couple years since I'd done a proper Gooseberry/StGeorge road trip.

    Schillingsworth had gone for the first time last spring and his stoke got me amped to go back, so we agreed a return trip this fall would be in order. Basil would join me from SD and Sam would join John coming from Phx. Hurricane is conveniently an equal distance for each of us so this is likely not the last meetup. It would be Basil and Sam's first time riding here.

    We all got in late on Thursday night, the others getting a campsite and Basil and I showing up an hour later.

    There was no early waking time for day one and given we were camped on the mesa, a ride at Gooseberry made sense for the first day.

    Rolling along the Windmill loop

    Sam dropping in

    The plan was to hit Hidden canyon and Secret Tr plus whatever else to connect them. We played around a bit but generally kept moving

    At the start of Hidden Canyon we'd see the only "big" group for the day, a group of 5. Just a few pairs and individual riders besides that.

    Schillingsworth in the hidden canyon

    Window into the soul...but Schillingsworth has a singular focus

    Hidden Canyon was fun as always, and then it was on to Secret Tr. I still have trouble finding the correct entrance each time, but soon enough we were on it.

    Sand wasn't as bad as it has been in the past, but was still thick enough to bring you to a stop in spots

    Half the people I take on this trail don't like it. Maybe doing this trail early in the ride rather than after the whole north and south rim is the ticket.

    Schillingsworth dropping in on the backside

    motoring along

    I love the diversity of rock features on this trail.

    Climbing up one of the tougher slabs. I think we were only 2 for 4 making it up this. There were some sketchy burnouts as tires lost traction at the transition

    Final climb out of the bathtub was tricky too

    Cruising some nice open slickrock connecting back to South rim

    Schillingsworth dropping down one of the few "sustained" descents on the mesa

    We made our way back to camp after that needing a refreshment but undecided on what to do with the rest of the day. Wire mesa would be easy but we had plans to hit that with some friends the next day. After a couple beers we decided to roll back out and try to hit the rest of north rim before sunset. John and Sam decided to peel off and take North Rim back to camp. Basil and I rode on to see if we could hit the point before dark.

    We made it out there with the sun still up and got to enjoy some killer golden hour light

    Chasing the last rays down from the point

    I was able to goad Basil into riding the south rim all the way back. Better than the fire road!

    Fun times as always and we made it back to the road before we needed to turn on lights. Cool part of the night was discovering we were camped next to Ryan Leech, and getting the invite over to share campfire since our spot didn't have a ring.

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    For Day 2 the plan was not settled except to meet up with Scott and Eszter at Wire Mesa, and then head into St George.

    Scott and Eszter live and work remotely out of a Scamp trailer and travel all over the west riding and adventuring. They were nearby to ride and hike in Zion, and we were able to meet up for a ride.

    We opted to ride clockwise, and added on an out and back connector to the road that was pretty fun.

    Turning back onto the main trail we continued on

    Taking in a great view of Zion from an overlook

    Going the way we did there were a couple techy chutes then some random rocky sections the rest of the way, getting harder as we got back to the trailhead

    Scott goes back for an optional line, with a view

    Then shows us how to clean a punchy double step up move

    Tasty burger at the Chevron near the turnoff for Gooseberry

    For an afternoon ride everything was up for discussion. Options suggested were Barrel Roll/Suicidal Tendencies/Sidewinder, Zen, R&B, KLC. All fun options and all new to some or all of us, or it was time to hit them again. In the end we opted to hit a short one first, Kentucky Lucky Chicken then see what else we could fit in.

    After stopping briefly to help an elderly hiker who was dehydrated we headed off clockwise

    There was some fairly mellow switchback climbing with occasional tech builts to keep it interesting

    Almost at the top near the radio towers

    Then it was mostly descent on the way back, with a few short climbs to keep us honest. Fun trail, and it felt longer than the 4 miles this trail is listed at - in a good way.

    KLC is similar to the Barrel Roll area trails - really and fun moderately techy. Considering the similarity and having just a couple daylight hours left, it made sense to ride Zen next.

    Zen is a much tougher trail. I remembered some parts but forgot how steep the climb up was

    Schillingsworth climbing up a slab overlooking the 5 fingers of death on Bearclaw Poppy

    Basil and Schillingsworth descend another fun section

    Riding into the light

    Every good ride has some HAB...

    Checking out the view from up top

    It was a fun descent back down. We got turned around at one spot but managed to get out. Last time I rode this 6-7 yrs ago we missed a turn and had to take powerline back. No such misfortune today, we found the turnoff and finished on singletrack back to the trailhead just at last light. 3 rides - great day on the bike!

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    For Day 3, Little Creek Mesa was a unanimous choice. Close to camp and central to where everyone had to leave from. I generally like Gooseberry a lot better but it had been five years since I'd last ridden Little Creek, so it was time for a visit.

    Again the plan was to head towards a corner of the trail system that Schillingsworth had missed on his last trip. Soon enough we were at the waterfall and some sessioning ensued

    Sam cruising along the North Point loop

    Schllingsworth riding the rock bridge

    We headed back on a couple of the alternate loops to the south of Magic Carpet Ride

    None of the trails offer a direct path of course, so at times we rode east, west, north and south all on the same trail

    The color in some of the rock is impressive and is not done justice at all in the photos

    Basil cresting a tough climb

    back through the Waterfall and the tough climb out of it to the south

    Then some more zigging and zagging

    And some more climbing to get out

    Schillingsworth and Sam opted to duck out to the car and make their way home when we got close to the road. Thanks as always for some fun rides!

    Basil and I continued on for one more loop on the western loop via Magic Carpet Ride

    I'd never ridden this loop counter clockwise but it rode well, and could be best that direction given the flow on Magic Carpet Ride.

    The loop rode fast and took less than 90 mins before we were on the road ourselves. After one more stop at the Chevron for a burger, that is...

    Another fun road trip in the books...

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    Nice...because of it's easy access for us SoCal peeps, I'm there twice a year. We just went in early December and had perfect conditions. We did Wire Mesa in both directions. I preferred counter-clockwise while everybody else liked clockwise better. We did Secret Trail for the 1st time on this trip. In our group of 4, 1 hated it, 1 said it was OK and 2 of us loved it. Hidden Canyon is my favorite section out there. Everybody in our group loves Little Creek due to the variety.
    Carpe Diem!!

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