Friday, June 6, 2014

Priest Lake Early Season Ride Report

It was someone's birthday.  We packed a bunch of beers, mini bikes, firewood, mountain bikes and headed up to Beaver Creek.  Weather while there was much like Spring, sun one minute and then a little rain the next.  Nothing enough to deter fun being had though.

We arrived.  Then, after beer, fire and mini bike races...I got a 1st...we slept and then woke to fresh coffee and blue skies.

Up to Plowboy riding was fast and the trail was clear.  But soon after Plowboy, trees starting to appear on, over, through and every which way on the trail.  I figured this would be the case, so I brought my pack saw.

There were a few creek crossing, some featuring some slick logs.  Luckily, it was warm enough and wet feet didn't really matter.
So, by the time we had gotten to the end of Navigation, we had cleared some 12-14 trees.  By the time we got down the other side to Trapper Creek, the number had grown to 18ish...I started to lose count.  On the way back to Beaver Creek, I think I remember 5 or so trees remaining (they were too big or too tangled for us to clear).  Cutting trees, clearing logs and brush and then riding in between takes its toll.  6 hours of this repetition and I started feeling pretty gassed.  Nonetheless, it was a great day of riding, playing in the woods and being with friends.


As a final note, I rode Lakeshore the next day before returning to Sandpoint.  It is now clear as well.  So, go ride Priest Lake and enjoy the fruits of our labor!

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