Friday, August 28, 2015

Ninja Trail Ride Report...and a Little More

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OK, so I forgot my camera on my last ride up Schweitzer.  Therefore, I have no pics to share.  Some of you, who only come here to see my photographic awesomeness (I doubt there is anyone), will now leave.  For the rest of you still reading, I will attempt to use words to paint pictures in your mind.

I missed the 2pm Selkirk Rec Shuttle up to Schweitzer the other day, so I drove up, parked at switchback #4 and ducked in to ride up to the roundabout.  Plan was to ride the Selkirk Rec Trails.  I last rode these trails in the Spring.  And I was surprised to see there has been a lot of legit work on the Basin Trails this year!  Some "shady" trail features have been removed.  Some washed out areas have been fixed.  Some new bridges have emerged.  The trail is primo.  But the biggest improvement is the NEW section of XC trail that cuts out the long, loose skid road section of trail that you used to have to ride right below the roundabout.  Now, between switchback #6 and the roundabout is some sweet new trail with many switchbacks, nice flow and much more rideable grade.  Thanks Mike K for that!

Once I got to the roundabout, I rode up Sparky and then up Sidewinder.  That puts me on Blizzard Road, according to the sweat drenched map I was carrying.  I hung a left, headed up the road and soon I arrived at "The Highpoint Trail" aka The Ninja Trail.  It is not on the map, due to some circumstances at map making time, but it is a legit trail...and one of my favorite trails up there.  I rode up Ninja.  It pops out on some old roads for briefs moments, don't let them fool you.  You will know you are at the top of Ninja when you arrive at the new and under development Spires Complex.

As a side not, The Ninja Trail will be part of newly planned "Watershed Crest Trail."  wanna know more than that?  Not much more to tell, except it is in the works.  Stay tuned for work days next summer...it will take about 3 years to complete.  Until then, go check out all the Selkirk Rec Trails.