Monday, February 22, 2016

Spokane Spring Road Trip

Riding was so great the weekend before at Saltese Uplands (read about that in the previous post), that I headed West again.  This time Spokane was the target.  Little warmer climate with less precip than what we have here in North Idaho makes for great early season riding options.

First up, rode around Riverside State Park.  Riverside is a huge park with more than 50 miles of trails, some marked and some not.  Get a map from the Park Office or one of the local bike shops, you will be happy you did.  Besides the trails opening early, Riverside also has some very mellow terrain.  This means you will have a lot of fun riding around building up your early season legs.

mountain biked around and then did some klunking

Now I have been riding Riverside for a long time.  I'd always heard people mention riding "The South Hill" or "The Highdrive."  For whatever reason, I never that the riding there would be much and stuck to what I knew at Riverside, as it is always a solid bet.  This time around, I had an extra day in Spokane and decided I would finally check out South Hill scene.  And damn!  The trails were very fun riding.  Lots of open sidehill riding with some exposure, some good short climbs, some snaking singletrack through the basically had a little of everything.  There are some 20 miles of trails in the area, I put in 10 for the day.  I had a blast, and honestly, I would say I like riding there better than Riverside.  The trails are more challenging and varied.  However, if riding exposed sidehill bothers you, you might not like these trails.  Just a little heads up.  Here is a little background on area. 

So, the Spokane road trip was filled with lots of riding, and on dirt, which in February is always a treat.  You know what was also a treat?  Paragon Brewing in CDA.  Kinda a unique little brewery, in that, they tap some of their own beers and also have several other local brews on tap and micros from around the Pacific Northwest as well.  That was not the treat though.  They have nitro.  I love nitro.  However, if I am lucky enough to find a place that has nitro, it is usually for a stout, porter or such.  Not my favorite beers.  Paragon had a pale on nitro though, it was the perfect end to the day and trip back home.

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