Man do I have a lot of catching up to do. My six weeks in Washington went by really fast and I was really busy with work. I did get in quite a bit of riding but much of my other work trips in the past, it is often tough to find time to work, ride and blog about. I’m sure you can guess which one I set to the side. I am going to get the story and pictures of the cool rides I get in up on my site once my schedule drops back down to “normal” but here are a few pictures of these to come.
The furtherest trail away from my basecamp on the west side of Puget Sound was the Devil’s Gulch trail in the northern central area of the state. It is often touted as one of the best XC trails in the state. While I would have to ride all the singletracks in the state to be for sure, this is one really awesome trail. I did about 14+ miles of mellow forest road climbing to get to the top of this trail and was rewarded with 12 miles of singletrack awesomeness.
Since I was in thea area I strung Devils Gulch and the Red Devil Trail together. The Red Devil trail has a devil of some climbs to it and it fully polished off my leg after the Devils Gulch loop. The grand total for the day was 36 miles, 4,500 feet of climbing and enough joygasm smiles to make my face hurt.
I made a total of two trips out to the “410 Area” east of Mt Rainier to ride the Palisades, Ranger and Noble Knob trails. There is some stout climbing to be done but trail and the view are well worth it.
Got Wilderness? The Noble Knob trail takes you right up to the edge some impressive looking wilderness.
Got Sunlight? I could have used some at the end of this ride.
Google Duthie Hills, it is Seattle newest Mountain Bike Park. It is a 120 acre park dedicated to mountain. It offers something for everyone from tame,
to insane. This place is a city park that is 100% legal. Bottom line Washington gets it while SoCal is still in the stone-age.
Not everthing was an adventure to get to. There were a handful of places that filled out the weekday ride schedule. Like Port Gamble.
Green Mountain (Where is Waldo’s Shadow?) as well as other spots.
Like I said, I’ll get them up before long, but first I have quick work project to take care elsewhere. I might get in some riding there too 🙂