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Well I am getting excited about leaving the heat and heading to somewhere cooler to do some really fun riding. I just called up my buddy Byron in Mt. Shasta to get an update on any new trails in his area. Byron is 67 and he is the number two Trail Enhancer Specialist in Mt Shasta and he was the lead enhancer on the famous Entertainer trail.

He says there is a ton of new trails being put in on Forest Service Land in the Redding and Mt. Shasta areas. Apparently the local economies are struggling and they have realized mountain biking is good for the local economy.

He also says Downieville is off the hook and the number of new trails there is totally amazing. I use to go to Downieville and ride the old faithfuls like Butcher Ranch, Paulee Creek and Big Boulder. Now there are trails in Gray Eagle, Goodyear Bar, Gold Lake, etc.

My buddies Michael and Bob live in South and North Lake Tahoe so it looks like the Tahoe Rim trail is a good call. On the way to the Bay Area I was hoping to do the Canal Plunge out of Kernville I understand there is a nice shuttle there and I could enjoy some major downhill for sure.

From the Kernville area we will probably head to San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz. Not really sure how fun the riding is in San Luis, but that is where I did my first IMBA trail enhancement class and since I graduated from college there it does have some attraction.

Anyway from Shasta we will ride Ashland, Eugene, the Umqua, Post Canyon, Bend, McKenzie River, etc.

I hear there is a bunch of new stuff going on in Washington and we will hook-up with our buddy Dan and ride some of his favorite rides in the Bellingham area. I also think there is some new stuff east of Seattle so we should check that out. Not sure if we will head up to Whistler or not but will certainly head to Idaho to do some fun buffed single track there. My buddy Mitch lives in Boise and he says there is great riding there.

From there we will head to Utah to enjoy all the great trails they have created for their recreating public. We have done the Park City and Deer Valley rides previously and will try and find some addition fun stuff in the area.

From there we will head south to Fruita and Moab. I just called my buddy Jessie there and he said all the new trails in the 313 area has increased his business more than 30% in the last year. Mag 7 will definitely be on the list and hopefully we will have friends hook-up with us to ride all the cool stuff out of the LaSals. From there we will head south and hook-up with our friend Brain Reppe in Crested Butte to do the 409 and other high altitude trails.

From there maybe Teluride would be fun I hear they have a free tram that accesses the upper mountain for some very scenic downhill riding. From there Durango might be a good choice. We have a friend Ruthie Matthes who lives there and I think she is some kind of world champion and hopefully she can show us around there.

From Durango New Mexico sounds good. Albuquerque is where the Bandeleros are located and I hear they have a secret stash of trails there. Next we will head to Santa Fe to ride with Tony Ballentine who has been a good friend during the Magura Press Camp event.

After checking out New Mexico we will head back to Arizona to good old Sedona. From there it will be around November and we will see if the house is still standing and how many plants died during our departure.

After a week or so we will head south for some good old southern Arizona riding. We will use Transition Seniors place as base camp and from there will do the whole Tucson area thing. Milagrosa will be a must and hopefully all the MTBR group who doesn't hate me will show me and my wife around.

Anyway if anyone viewing this post has some really cool rides along the was I would appreciate some ideas and possible friends who I might be able to ride with.

My 67 year old riding buddy Byron from Shasta cheered me up some and said I am not really a bad person I just used the wrong term for my trail building efforts. Byron is missing a hand and rides with a hook, has an artificial ankle and major skin grafts on his knee where had was struck with an overhead power line. He taught welding at Shasta Junior College where he had his class build all of his trail building tools. He has tools stashed all over Shasta Mt. to do his constant trail enhancements. He is a legend in the local Shasta area and I can't wait to ride with him again.

He says if a Forest Service official comes up to him and asks him what he is doing he just answers, we are doing trail enhancements. It has a whole different ring than trail improvement or trail building. The Forest Service person just says wow that is great thanks a lot, just don't do any trail building.

What a Country!!!
 

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I suspect in another couple of weeks raging forest fires might dictate some of your targeted destinations but sounds like you've got a plan. Places that you didn't mention that have really awesome riding are Oakridge and Hood River in Oregon and of course Sun Valley and Stanley in Idaho. Lots of shuttle options off of Teton Pass in Jackson, WY. Montana? Lots of big descents there as well.
 

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You always make me feel good about myself. Thanks for the definition. Are you going to come to my retirement dinner, Friday? It would be good seeing you again. How is the riding going? Since I am banned from the Northern Arizona Forest I have become a mountain bike roadie. I did a fun 12 mile loop today that was pretty nice. Looking out at the surrounding landscape during the loop was pretty cool. Now I know what all those tourists are looking at while driving around in their cars.

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The southern part of Mt. Saint Helens, (Washington State) more specifically Ape Canyon, Plains of Abraham and the Lewis River Trail are places that should be on everyone's "must do" list.
 

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Pardon my bluntness and I do hope you have a great vacation but.....isn't this a mountain biking forum intended to facilitate the discussion of mountain bike related topics?
If you have spent 5 mins on this forum you will see that rules/regulations do not apply to td.
 

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SEDONA! and its World Class Trails!!!!!!!
I have been hearing this for years now and might have to make a trip up to enjoy the silence. :thumbsup:

Whistler would be great until he starter to pull out his shovel/hammer/nails and started to re-route the trails.
 

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Places that you didn't mention that have really awesome riding are Oakridge in Oregon and of course Sun Valley and Stanley in Idaho. .
We think alike - must be why I would see you there!
OR-OR has an easy 5 months of singltrack alone.
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We think alike - must be why I would see you there!
OR-OR has an easy 5 months of singltrack alone.
- Steve Garro, Coconino Cycles.
Yep, I fondly remember running into you at Elephant Perch. I'm still in awe that you looped the Fox Peak ride from town on a ss.:thumbsup:

I'll second the Lewis River trial recommendation as well as Mt. St. Helens. I'd do Lewis River over Mckenzie anyday.
 

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Yep, I fondly remember running into you at Elephant Perch. I'm still in awe that you looped the Fox Peak ride from town on a ss.:thumbsup:

I'll second the Lewis River trial recommendation as well as Mt. St. Helens. I'd do Lewis River over Mckenzie anyday.
Yeah - I was so tired riding back to camp that I barely had the energy to drink water from the ditch.........a 500mi of singletrack in two weeks including the CCP100.

I'm partial to the Umpqua Trail & the Middle fork of the Willamette, and bunchgrass abv, OR-OR
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Pardon my bluntness and I do hope you have a great vacation but.....isn't this a mountain biking forum intended to facilitate the discussion of mountain bike related topics?

People's I.Q.'s mysteriously drop when they choose to attack Trail Doc. Why is that?

A thread discussing where to find the best mountain biking trails when going on a prolonged mountain biking vacation is somewhat of a mountain biking related topic, don't you think?

Doc, Umpqua and Hood River and Lewis River and Mt. Saint Helens will not disappoint. Downieville will be great. Meet up with Wacky Zachy and he will tell you about trails he has been building there. Some Lake Tahoe trails restrict mountain bikes to three days a week, including the Tahoe Rim Trail. I'd stop in Bend for rides and great food. You should stop off and do some riding near Salt Lake City. Maybe Deer Valley. You can do miles of downhill riding in Brianhead. Try riding along the middle fork of the American River, near Auburn, CA., and follow that with a raft trip down the river. Indian Creek, outside Hurricane, has a lot of trail that will remind you of home. Don't forget to take some pictures.
 

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It may be hard to beat Tahoe in the summer...but it is IMPOSSIBLE to beat the Tetons in the summer. We got it goin' on here. And I can be your renegade pirate ambassador in the ways and history of trail shenanigans in Teton Valley.
 

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I second or is it third or more by now on the Tetons and Sun Valley. SV is ridiculous for huge loops of buff xc single track and Jackson is well........Jackson. It's always fun to visit there and the tfr crew has been doing some seriously awesome stuff.
 
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