Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lakeview Ride Report

Day #2 at Priest Lake.  With all the good fortune I had at Pee Wee the day before, I thought I would gamble and try out the Lakeview Trail.
It was a gorgeous morning with coffee making on the beach...my new favorite thing to do.
Ahh yes, a little teamwork photo opt.  You probably can't see it, but I am happy and smiling at this point...it didn't last long.
I started the not so long (3.5ish miles), but kinda steep (1,200 vert) climb up to Lakeview Mtn.  Not long in, I hit a tree over the trail.  Luckily, I had my handy folding, pack saw.  This tree would have been no match.  However, when I went to assemble my saw, I realized at some point the pin that holds the one end of the blade had broke/disappeared.  To be honest I wasn't super disappointed, I was feeling yesterday's climb up Pee Wee in my legs and knew what climb was ahead.
Here is a pic from the viewpoint.  Pretty, yes.  But before you think this is the top, think again.
Remember, I forgot my camera for this trip, these are off my phone.  Anyways, the last mile, or so, on the Lakeview Tr. featured a lot of pooled water and water running down and/or across the trail.  I walked around them.  Once, on the Kalispell-Reeder bay Tr. things got better, and the lower section of that was awesome.

Oh, and that tree at the beginning of the ride, and my broken saw?  There were about 30 down trees on this ride of 7 miles over to Hill's.  I  moved about half of the trees.  A majority of the rest I could have cut, had my saw been in working order.  The few remaining others could have been moved had I had an extra body to assist.

All in all, it was a good ride, but needs another couple weeks to dry out...and don't forget a saw or your buddy for the trees.

Last note, the road past Hill's to Beaver Creek had quite a bit of snow on it still and some down trees (they do not maintain that during the winter).  Hence, the trails North had snow on them too.  I know it is hard to believe it is the end of March sometimes, but it is gonna take some more time for the rest of these trails to open up.  Stay tuned...

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