there is a series of trails in the Uintas that few people know about, and they are absolutely spectacular. i was first introduced to these trail about four years ago by an ex-boyfriend who was a rippin' mountain biker and i have to tell you when i was there, i probably only took in about half of the beauty that surrounded me because i was just trying to keep up with him. i do recall a "hike-a-bike" section across some craggy rocks, and riding back to the car in a hail and lightning storm. needless to say, the ride made quite an impression on me. and i'm always up for an epic adventure.
my friend Suzy (who is also a rippin' mountain biker) has been trying to get me to go biking with her this summer. but as this summer is unofficially named "the summer of running" because i am training for the Wasatch 100, i haven't been out on my bike too much. but last Saturday, i agreed to go on a mountain bike tour with her. the place we decided to go: the [name withheld to protect privacy] in the Uintas. you won't find any maps of this place, you just have to take my word on it that it exists. information on this little known gem of a ride is handed down from a lucky few to a very lucky few. this past weekend, several factors came together to give me the impetus to ride these trails once again.
second, the last race in the Intermountain Cup mountain bike series was at the Canyons Resort on Saturday. so that end of the mid-mountain was out.
third, it was an odd-day in Millcreek, so the Crest Trail was out per Watershed Regulations. and the first half of the Crest trail to Mill D is just too short of a ride, with too many people on it.
fourth, the trails on the west slope of the foothills are just too hot and dusty this time of year.
so i asked Suzy if she was game for an adventure and she agreed.
|Suzy anticipates Pringles heading into the homestretch.|