Thursday, September 7, 2017

Trapper Creek/Centennial Trail Ride Report

For those that follow ramblings here, you know the Trapper Creek/Centennial Trails are a couple of my favorites. The Trapper Creek Trail always seems to get cleared out every year, but over the last several year's the Centennial portion had gotten more and more blow downs. Alternate routs went around some piles of trees. In some areas the original trail was not even visible as there were so many trees piles on it. It really bummed me out as it looked like the trail might be lost. The work to saw and clear everything out to make the trail all rideable again seemed monumental. 

Then someone told me it had been cleared and they had ridden it. I couldn't make plans fast enough to get up to Priest Lake to check it out.

trailhead horsing around
We started at Lion's Head, made our way through the ATV maze, crossed Caribou Creek and started up the Centennial Trail. I can verify that is back to it's original state. We moved 4 trees off the trail and 3 we left because they were to big to move (but still easy enough to crawl over). I was reminded how much I love that trail. In no time, we were at Trapper CG and made our way to the TH at the North end. We had some lunch. Then I cleaned some shit off my tires, that's always fun.

old cabin on Trapper Creek Trail

trailside booty find
weaving through one of the many narrow cut out sections

like needles in a haystack...there is a rider somewhere in there

We rode back to Lion's Head, and it was a long afternoon of riding. Trails were great. I'm always amazed at the natural flow to the Trapper Trail. It is just so fun. Not to mention the amazing rain forest like quality of the area with a very dense forest canopy and huge old growth trees. The valley floor is covered in lush green ferns, moss and grass. It is simple amazing.

So thankful to those that worked so hard to reopen these trails. Go ride em...or come up for RTL Round Lake on September 17th.

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