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Freeskier and I were wanting to hit the Skyline at BCT this weekend,but the weather, again, looked like it wasn't going to play nice, so we knocked out a big ride on South Mountain we've been talking about. Our route cut right to the chase - from 46th, took Beverly Canyon - National - Marker 33 - Bees Knees - Gila - Road - DC - East Loops. National from BV and the 33 Ridgeline would be new to me. The weather was great, and it felt good to be on the bike all day.

I can't believe I've never been on Natty from BV because that piece was a blast, all the way down to Telegraph. Really some good stuff. I loved it and can't wait to get some more. It was rolly, exposed, techy, smooth, and grin inducing - it had everything. I can't wait to get back up there.

The antennas start kinda far away.

But eventually get closer.


Until you're there.


Looks flowy but there was a mean techy rock section right in the middle. I took my chances on some, but others I didn't.


I don't get on this side of the mountain enough, really.


National after Telegraph Pass. There was plenty of HAB this day. The rock looks like its pouring out of the mountain. Almost up to 33.


Here's a rare shot of the towers.


The Marker 33 ridgeline was sublime. Going down off the face of the earth, white-knuckling.


SoMo's largest rock cairn.




Thisis one of the nicer switchbacks but there were others with much greater consequence.


Freeskier staring at the upcoming switchback.


If this trail is anything, its precipitous. I felt myself getting pulled off every swithback. The clown wheels did not help me here. I felt really tall and exposed as I approached each tight, rock strewn switchback.


Coming down in a hurry. Its about 900 feet in 1.5 miles.


After that, we hooked up with Bees Knees and Gila for a little loop, then back to DC and the cars. What a great day!

30 miles, 5600ft and 8 hours.


 

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its my goal to one day be able to do this. the longest logged trail ive done is just over 9 miles. what would you recommend to build up to this? i feel like i could probably throw down a 15 mile trail without any additional conditioning, where would you send me?
 

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nice ride! I always like seeing people post about big loops we have right here in our backyards.

Brown....it doesn't matter where you ride at this point, but that you ride. plan and simple. if you want to do longer rides....ride more often, and for longer distances. Go for your 15 mile ride 2 times a week. then add a night ride or two. before you know it, you can have long rides like the one in this thread. it's all about you deciding that you want to do it and then just going out and riding your bike.

Those simple two facts will take care of everything else.
 

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It really turned out to be a great day for this kind of ride. A little bit of wind to keep you cool after the climbs, comfortable temps & no sun beating down.

We had actually planned to skip Gila View & rejoin National out to San Juan then make our way up Ranger, but the trail karma was working against us early on. Some mechanicals, a stubborn slow leak and a few tumbles!:eek:

Either way, I'm pretty stoked on the route we did. I too hit some 'new to me' parts of SoMo, all the west end stuff along with the section of National just below the towers out to post 33. Speaking of which, I think the color has returned to my white knuckles after that descent, jeez.

Here are a few pics from my side, still love that shot of 620!

Dag Nabbit wrenching early on the climb up National
Bicycle tire Bicycle frame Bicycle wheel rim Bicycle wheel Bicycle part


Working up the S-curve
Tire Bicycle wheel Bicycle frame Wheel Bicycle tire


Today's the Day!!
Tire Bicycle frame Bicycle wheel Mountain bike Bicycles--Equipment and supplies


Heading off towards the 620 plunge
Vegetation Mountainous landforms Plant community Highland Hill


My battlewagon
Bicycle tire Flag Tire Bicycle wheel Bicycle wheel rim


Looking forward to the next adventure. We are really fortunate to have such a fantastic array of trails to choose from around here, sometimes the hardest part is deciding which one to ride next!!

Brown: Take Brianc's advise, just try to ride more, really doesn't matter where. Only a little over a year ago I was barely able to make a 10-15 mile ride (w/o much climbing) and not feel totally winded & beatdown. Set some goals, try & make a couple of group rides to meet riders of similar skill/fitness levels & have FUN!! :thumbsup:
 

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canyondave said:
What is the trail in the awsome pick going down the mountain?
That's what is being called '620', it's right after the 4th photo in the post above. The giant cairn with the USA flag marks the top, as they say 'it's all downhill from here!'

From National trail, head west from Telegraph pass to post #33 & hang a left. There was a bit of HAB for us getting up from Telegraph.
 

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brianc said:
Brown....it doesn't matter where you ride at this point, but that you ride. plan and simple. if you want to do longer rides....ride more often, and for longer distances. Go for your 15 mile ride 2 times a week. then add a night ride or two. before you know it, you can have long rides like the one in this thread.
In addition to riding more I'd suggest trying your favorite trail in a taller gear. Even if you are still only riding 10 miles (or however many you like to ride) at a time you'll know you're improving when you can ride the same section in a taller gear and not be as beat. As long as you're riding consistently 2 to 3 times a week it'll come surprisingly fast.
 

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i feel like i could probably throw down a 15 mile trail without any additional conditioning said:
I have no idea of you current skill level but have you tried Pass Mtn in Mesa? It's only 8 or 9 miles or so, but is a pretty good test of where ones at. I know as a beginner that trail would have killed me, (it's not a beginner trail by any means) but if you're up to some of the tech parts of it (moderate but with exposure at times, you can walk those) the combination of the climbing, the d/h parts, the baby heads, the up and downs through the desert washes is a great test. See how you feel after that :) I don't recommend solo for your first time out there. The backside is fairly remote should you have a mechanical...or break you leg:eek:

Perhaps a good ride up Hawes from the Canal to Hawes rd, back down and over to Mine, up Mine and around, back to Canal would be more prudent first. That will kick you arse if you haven't done it already. 10-12 miles?
 
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