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Here's a few picks from my ride this morning up Hall Ranch from the Antelope side. For the first time at Hall Ranch I saw a mountain lion this morning (about 7:00 a.m., just past the bench at the intersection of the Bitterbrush and Antelope trails). I seriously considered turning around but kept going after the mountain lion took off. Temp was around 20 degrees, and my neoprene boot covers and thick socks were not quite enough to keep my feet warm. Conditions were crunchy and there was a fair amount of ice this morning. Tried out my new studded Nokian 294 tires for the first time. They worked great. Thanks to Dave at Redstone Cyclery for getting me set up on the Nokians.
 

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It was about 50 yards from the trail when I first saw it, when it took off across to the other side of the trail right after it spotted me. The lion ran full speed across the trail and up to a rock outcrop, where it disappeared. I was impressed by the brute strength and sheer athleticism of the animal.
 

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Wow, some of you guys are really hardcore! That's pretty cool and I hope to do some winter riding this season but it's doubtful. Got any close ups of those tires?

And, yeah, Mt Lions don't really freak me out like other people. I think they are cool creatures but I wouldn't want one coming after me.
 

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...where it disappeared. I was impressed by the brute strength and sheer athleticism of the animal.
No sh!t. The one I saw was seriously like a ghost, it literally disappeared after taking one or two huge leaps... gone. Sweeet! :eekster:
 

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Saw one on Apple Valley road a couple of years ago. HUGE, too. He was crossing the road in front of us. He slowly looked up at us as if to say "I'm not worried about you," and sauntered off. It was really cool.
 

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steadyflow said:
So how much snow was there? Is the upper loop rideable....say tomorrow with little mud? I would think there is snow up there and the other route up from Lyons would be fairly snow free?

Thanks in advance...really cool you saw one of those....
If there's sun tomorrow and it warms up during the day, I'd say you'd have no problem doing the whole trail, especially if you ride up from the Bitterbrush side (which gets more sun than the Antelope side). If you go around mid-day you will probably find some mud and squishy snow, but not much ice (assuming it warms up).
 

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Thrasher said:
Man, those tires are pimp! Guess you'd pretty much need a set of those if your riding in the snow/ice. I bet they cost a pretty penny.
I'll get my money's worth out of the Nokians this winter. Just riding along Apple Valley Road on the way to Hall Ranch makes the investment worthwhile because Apple Valley Road gets little sun, faces the north and stays icy. The Nokians open up a whole new world of possibilities.
 

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Poor Bill had to stay home and study......

tundraline said:
I'll get my money's worth out of the Nokians this winter. Just riding along Apple Valley Road on the way to Hall Ranch makes the investment worthwhile because Apple Valley Road gets little sun, faces the north and stay icy. They open up a whole new world of possibilities.
......while you were out riding!:D
 

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The sun is out in Lyons and it's warming up nicely. I'll be heading up Hall Ranch around 12:30 today.
Today was/is the last day anyone will be doing any riding for a while. Getting ready for some seriously frigid temps for the next week with lots of snow. I was going to go up snowboarding for my first time on Monday but single digits are a little too cold for me. Only the hardest of the hardcore MTB'ers would be out in those conditions! :eek:
 
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