Saturday, October 15, 2011

Clifty/Katka Trail #182 Loop

Ahh another fine Fall ride.  Have I mentioned lately how much I love riding in the Fall?

On tap, a big loop ride.  Park at the bottom of the Katka Trail, ride up the road to Black Mountain and the Clifty trailhead where you will begin a sweet ridge top ride followed by a super sweet downhill back to your car.  Don't let the ride up the road fool ya though, it is a grind with plenty of elevation to get you warmed up.

Road ride aside, the Clifty trail is a fun high-elevation ride with several short, steep ups and downs.  There is a short spur trail that takes you up to Clifty proper and is well worth the hike (yeah not much bikable).
spur to Clifty Mountain
After passing Clifty there a couple really nice passes through open meadows as the trail sidehills the ridge to Katka Peak.  Again, at the base of Katka there is a short spur trail to the top of the peak.  Katka is not quite as tall as Clifty and doesn't offer near the view but still a great trip.
Katka Peak uphill or pucker up for the descent back to the car
Once you leave Katka Pass it is one long fun descent.  This downhill is the only time I'm every felt the affects of  my brakes heating up.  As a break, stop and pick off the many huckleberry bushes along the way and let the brakes cool off.
changing colors is one reason I love the Fall
Big work out, amazing views and some really sweet downhill make this one of our top rides.

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