Farmboy wrote:Oct 1st thru Jan 30th.
Wow! That means that I have to get back out there (at least 1 more time) before it closes up for the year...
Yay! I managed to hit Squaw Creek just before it closed for the season!!
Here is my follow up to my disastrous first try run at Squaw Creek
I had just finished making some modifications to my bike on the past week and was looking forward to seeing how these improvements would make my ride much better and more fun. I bought and installed a much shorter length handle bar stem (replaced 80mm with a 40mm), and longer stem spacers. I moved the seat forward on the post and lowered it a bit too. I also adjusted all the brake handles and shifter levers about an inch inwards so I could get a better grip on them and not have to grab the handle bar so far out. My quick little test drive on my driveway showed some really good improvements but too hard to tell how good until I hit the trails.
I drove up to the park and ended up parking at Meadowlark Shelter this time. There was a Park Ranger there in his pickup truck so I asked him where the singletrack bike trails are. I showed him some maps that I had printed out and he pointed me in the right direction.
I mounted up and took the main walking/horse/bike trail over to look for a singletrack trail entrance. The main walking trail was actually a really nice and fun speed ride that is wide with some nice up and down hills. Very comparable to many of the "beginner and scenic" trails up in New England where I am used to riding. Those scenic trail runs are usually overlooking a beach or river/pond or mountain overlook. They are great for a quick fitness cardio speed run when you are a bit low on time.
After a bit of riding I found a well marked single track entrance. Most of the trails were well groomed and not over-abused. I really enjoyed some of the obstacles and quickly noticed that my fitness level still leaves a lot to be desired. I will definitely have to keep working on that.
I kept looking at my maps and I do have to admit that I was 100% lost the whole time that I was riding the singletracks. There are no markers, numbers, trail names, or anything like that. A few numbered markers would have greatly helped. This was not a huge loop and not overly complicated. It is also surrounded by a walking trail all around it, so it is not a deal breaker.
There was only one section of trail that looked like it needed some attention that passed under some power lines. It was really sandy and pretty steep so I walked up that section instead. The under-brush had also overgrown across the top part of that section.
Overall, it was an awesome ride that was not ridiculously difficult or peril-less where I feared for my life at any particular spot. My bike modifications ended up being the best things ever too. So I was extremely happy with this ride with no harm done to me, or to the bike, and an excellent and thoroughly enjoyable work-out to top it all off. I am so looking forward to hitting Squaw Creek next year when it opens back up.