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Good stuff...

Thanks much for posting shots of some of the singletrack up there in the SLC area. It's nice to see the beautiful scenery. The potential for some long backcountry rides to disappear away from the city, the crowds, and gain some elevation seems to be there as well.

Jewell of Denial (JOD) and I will hopefully be heading up early September on a two week roadtrip to ride as much in, between and around SLC and Fort Collins,CO. We just wanna get a feel for these two places as they are at the top of our list. We just wanna see what they have to offer in the housing market ( both seem to be really reasonable ), and of course to sample some of the singletrack. ( both seem to have tons of riding ).

If it wouldn't be too much trouble we may have to contact you when we're in SLC to get a tour of some of the trails. In the meantime feel free to keep posting posting shots of the rides...it'll help hold me over before we make our long awaited and permanent departure out of So Cal.:cool:

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Great pics, thanks for sharing. My hubby and I have been on that trail about 4-5 times in the past 2 weeks, and it's just getting better. I think the wildflowers will be in full force in the next couple weeks.

On our ride Friday night, we saw a deer "ride the spine"...it was pretty cool. What a great trail!
 

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the lake...

You need a pic of the lake with a title like that, how about this one...

utsnowgirl, you were here on this ride...
 

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You got it!

As a recent (2 months ago) SoCal transplant, it's hard to refuse a request like that. I think we could share some of our recent "location change" experiences with you. Feel free to email or PM me or Chuky...

And PC68, you're spot on... here is a lake pic from the same ride.:D

Dirty D said:
these two places as they are at the top of our list. We just wanna see what they have to offer in the housing market ( both seem to be really reasonable ), and of course to sample some of the singletrack. ( both seem to have tons of riding ).

If it wouldn't be too much trouble we may have to contact you when we're in SLC to get a tour of some of the trails. In the meantime feel free to keep posting posting shots of the rides...it'll help hold me over before we make our long awaited and permanent departure out of So Cal.:cool:

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Ditto

I am visiting from Oregon. Last Monday, I did a loop from Solitude up to the Crest trail and dropped down to Desolation Lake. It is definitely a rockin' trail. Even on Monday, I had to be very careful with my speed because of hikers.

After a break at the car, I rode up to the Summit of Solitude and took the Brighton/Solitude trail down. That is totally a big rock downhill bike trail. Not worth it for the amount of climbing. However, the view was worth it for a tourist.
 

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PC68 said:
You need a pic of the lake with a title like that, how about this one...

utsnowgirl, you were here on this ride...
Sweet! Great picture from a great ride!

I'm working my way up to the full loop.....Crest to midmountain to thaynes past shadow lake back to the car. Hopefully, I'll be ready for it in the next couple months. :)
 

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Big Water Trail, Dog Lake Trail, Desolation Lake Trail and then the Crest.

The climb up Desolation Lake trail from below the South side of Dog Lake is "strenuous." But I would probably do this loop again, or ride a crest loop from the PC side, up Spiro/Thaynes, accross the Crest, down Midmountain/Rob's/Collins.

JMH

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Did you hit up the Crest? Where'd you go?
 

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utsnowgirl said:
Sweet! Great picture from a great ride!

I'm working my way up to the full loop.....Crest to midmountain to thaynes past shadow lake back to the car. Hopefully, I'll be ready for it in the next couple months. :)
Wow that does sound like a fun loop. Wifey and I did an exploratory loop similar to that but on the southern end of the mountain.

I never inteded to climb this much but I betcha we ended up with 3500 vertical and around 15 miles of trail (95% SWEET singletrack)

Parked at Guardsmen hairpin turn, rode up to the pass on the road, descended the other side just a bit on guardsmen dirt road and climbed up over the ridge to the Apex trail. Took Apex to down to Keystone, followed Keystone to the Mid-Mountain restaurant in PCMR, then rode/pushed to the top of McConkey's lift. Traversed the ridge over to the top of Tour De Suds, down TDS to mid mountain and eventually ended up back at Scott's pass via thaynes/keystone/Shadow lake. Fun stuff, but I ended the ride with nothing left in the reserves. holy crap. :eekster:

Your Crest/MM/Shadow lake loop sounds great though!
 

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It would be fun to show you around - you would love the trails here.

I will try to think of a place where the pups could hang. Too bad our place is so small - I think that 2 cats and 2 hounds in an apt is probably a sketchy mix ;-) We have a friend here with an IG and a full size rescue greyhound - maybe he has suggestions.

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Ahh, the Wasatch...

So I was out there in Utah this past week to get some riding in. I rode different variations of the Crest/Deso/Dog Lake every day! :D On Wednesday I think it was a really fast moving storm blew in. Pretty normal for this time of year for an afternoon thunder storm but I have NEVER seen something roll in that quickly. I mean it was calm and quiet one minute and the next it was a jail break! Massive winds, heavy rains and a little lightening for good measure. :eekster: But as fast as it came in it moved out. The trails were already in decent shape but after that storm it was absolutely buff! I mean it sucks when the single track is so buff that you may as well be riding a bobsled track! :thumbsup: Anyway, gotta love the Wasatch.
 

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utsnowgirl said:
Sweet! Great picture from a great ride!

I'm working my way up to the full loop.....Crest to midmountain to thaynes past shadow lake back to the car. Hopefully, I'll be ready for it in the next couple months. :)
So, we completed this loop yesterday....what a fun ride. The climb up from shadow lake wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting.

Next time.....Spiro - Powerline - Shadow Lake - Crest - Mid Mountain - Holly's or Robs.
 

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Does Powerline run up the other side of Thaynes opposite the fire road? I have always stayed on the road after Spiro, past the mines all the way to the lake, but if Powerline is a singletrack that goes the same way, I would definitely prefer that!

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utsnowgirl said:
So, we completed this loop yesterday....what a fun ride. The climb up from shadow lake wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting.

Next time.....Spiro - Powerline - Shadow Lake - Crest - Mid Mountain - Holly's or Robs.
 

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JMH said:
Does Powerline run up the other side of Thaynes opposite the fire road? I have always stayed on the road after Spiro, past the mines all the way to the lake, but if Powerline is a singletrack that goes the same way, I would definitely prefer that!

JMH
You can jump onto powerline from thaynes. It's single track, opposed to the road, which I usually prefer climbing. :)
 
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