Thursday, June 4, 2015

Sidehill Trail Ride Report

As I stated in the previous post, trails are opening up around 6 weeks ahead of schedule.  So, last weekend we headed on up to hit the Sidehill Trail.  After the initial climb of 3 miles and 1,500 feet, which I always seem to shelf in the back of mind, the trails tops out at just over 4,500 feet.  It is pretty much all rideable depending on your fitness and skill levels, but most will do some pushing.  Great views along the way do lessen the pain.
 

 Flowers were blowing up in the higher elevations.  Amazing.  Trail conditions were dry.  Amazing too.

As you sidehill along, there are several creek crossing in dark, cool forest canopies which is great on a hot day.  Oh, and there are more great views. 
There might have been some more serious talk about riding the Sidehill Trail all the way to the end, but then there was a stick  and a derailleur that had different ideas.  Timing was good though as we made a short cut down Bussard Lake Trail.  BTW, I don't like that trail.  It is a terrible trail, and it is the worst condition I have ever seen.  Unless something comes up, like it did for us, it is way better to ride the whole trail out.

One of the greatest views was that of Feist Creek in the distance and the smell of ice cold beer waiting.
We only encountered 2 down trees on our ride (and one, that was 2 feet across, we made a path around).  There are lots of reports coming in of others riding high elevation trails as well.  The mild winter of course has helped with thinking opening sooner.  But, there also seems to be less than average windfall up high as well.  This has made the FS crew's job a little easier as they have taken advantage of the great early season conditions to cut and ensure trails are in great shape for us to use.  Thanks to them!

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