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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
I spent the weekend at the BONC Trailwork dealio at Grouse Ridge. Built trail on Saturday, went on a solo adventure Sunday. Goal was to hit 4 trails I hadn't ridden before, and take inventory of the deadfall on Grouse Ridge (northern section). Really fun/hard ride, that just seemed to get better and better as the day went on... which got me thinking that my dog could write this TR :p

Dropping Bull Pen Trail....
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Bull Pen Meadow... approaching Loney Meadow...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Heading up to Bowman Mountain...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Perfect high sierra singletrack...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Stunning overlook...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Heading towards the Black Buttes...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Towering walls...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Chunky monkey....
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


I could hit the island green in Rock Lake with a 7 iron...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Switchback scenery...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Berm on the re-route...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Work in progress!
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Goats!
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Loosey-goosey chunk...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


H20 refill at Milk Lake...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


An addition to my Abandoned Vehicle Thread...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!
 

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Discussion Starter · #2 · (Edited)
Dropping Grouse Ridge from the top...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Blue Lake/Beyers Lake Trail...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Bouncing down to Fordyce...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Beloved slickrock...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Loamy forest...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Fordyce water refill...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Never gets old...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Green goodness...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Lake Spaulding bookends...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Finally found/rode upper Pioneer....
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Pioneer prettiness...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


Bear River beauty...
OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


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Poser!!! Well, um, your bike did do alot of that. Nice ride Empty Beer, can't believe how many trail micro-climates you went thru. Great pix.
 

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You covered alots of parts. Totally enjoyed the pics. Thanks for sharing.
 

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A Trail Report From Empty Beer???

OH OH OH... this is my favorite part!


I love your trail reports.:thumbsup:
Great pics. Very inspiring to get off the couch and try something new.
 

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Conditions report:

o Bull Pen Lake descent: 100% clear, heavy moon dust in places due to ranchers moooooving cows. Cow patties.
o Loney Meadows loop: 100% clear. Cow patties
o Bowman Mountain climb: <10 trees down on the climb
o Lindsay Lk Trail/Grouse Ridge Trail junction to Shotgun Lake: 13 trees down. Ok trail conditions otherwise.
o Shotgun Lake to Middle Lake: 30 trees down, pretty crappy trail conditions from lack of use.
o Middle Lk to Glacier Lk junction: 20+ trees down and fairly crappy trail conditions from lack of use.
o Glacier Lk to Milk Lk junction: 2 trees down, great trail conditions due to heavy use
o Milk Lk junction to Grouse Ridge summit: Excellent
o Grouse Ridge summit down to Blue Lk Trail: Only a handful of downed trees (thank you to who's taking care of this section!), very fun!
o Blue Lk/Beyers junction to the East: Clear until the water crossing, then a good 6 downed trees until the Fordyce drop.
o Spaulding Lk trail: I gave up counting downed trees... so many. The creative "ride overs" are nice but many are falling apart. Tried to fix some, but gave up.
o Upper Pioneer to Laings: 100% clear and 1000% fun :thumbsup:

Glad you enjoyed the TR... kinda hard to do a great photo presentation when you're riding solo.
 

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Discussion Starter · #17 ·
You know it, Stripes! Conveniently hitched a ride with a kind tourist :D



Good eye, Matt! I re-checked my film and noticed this one, which shows Bigfoot a little better..


Sean - dropping Grouse to the south is definitely worth it now. Someone has done a great job clearing out many of the downed trees... still a few to contend with, but no biggie compared to what it was like 3-4 years ago. Very fun, somewhat primitive trail. Grouse to the north still sucks after the junction to Glacier Lake. Crooked Lakes is the better option for now.
 
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