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    Eric Ramirez reviewed Notch Mountain Trail to Trial Lake

    about 1 year ago

    I took the point to point on the trail starting from Trial Lake. I left a bike up at the Bald Mountain trailhead to get back to my car at Trial Lake. The walk was good. It was a sunday morning with very cool air. Navigation is easy as there aren't a whole lot side trails merging with this loop.

    There are sections of trail that are stubbornly rocky because of erosion but overall it's a good one. The inclines aren't crazy, however the trail does get a little steep and loose headed up the north flanks of Notch Mountain. I think I ended up with about a 10 mile day on the trail, according to the ole GPS.

    The views are spectacular and well worth getting some photos. The trail is pretty heavily used but I didn't see that many people once I passed Ibantik lake. In fact, the stretch between Wall Lake and Ibantik is the only stretch that I really saw anyone.

    Eric Ramirez reviewed Four Lakes Basin Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Really worth the walk. As we entered the four lakes basin we stayed on the trail that goes to Jean Lake, or the northern choice. It was serene and pleasant. No one else was around, in fact we only saw a couple deer for wildlife.

    I will add, though, that the mileage is more than the trail description estimates. My GPS calculated 10 miles from the parking of the Highline trailhead to Jean lake. to verify, it was 10 miles on the way out as well. If you're doing this as a day hike it might be worth considering some extra food and having a water filter.

    Eric Ramirez completed Four Lakes Basin Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Eric Ramirez completed Lackawaxen Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Eric Ramirez added cache gran fondo

    about 1 year ago

    Eric Ramirez added Track - Apr 2 11:21 AM

    over 1 year ago

    Eric Ramirez completed Cascade Saddle Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Eric Ramirez completed Mill B North Fork Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Eric Ramirez completed The White Rim

    over 1 year ago

    Eric Ramirez completed Wrangler Trail East Loop

    over 1 year ago

    Eric Ramirez completed Grizzly Gulch Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Eric Ramirez added 8ball

    over 1 year ago

    Eric Ramirez added kessler ridge

    almost 2 years ago

    Eric Ramirez added kessler ridge

    almost 2 years ago

    Eric Ramirez added Notch Lake Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Eric Ramirez added shingle creek

    about 2 years ago

    Eric Ramirez added Notch Lake

    about 2 years ago

    Eric Ramirez updated White Rim Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Eric Ramirez added Around Mary's Lake

    over 2 years ago

    Eric Ramirez added old mines kane wash

    almost 3 years ago

    Eric Ramirez added Mineral Fork to first Mine

    almost 3 years ago

    Eric Ramirez completed Cirque of the Towers Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Eric Ramirez added Hiking through Cliff Lake

    almost 3 years ago

    Eric Ramirez saved Lisa Falls Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Eric Ramirez added Great Trail System

    about 3 years ago

    Eric Ramirez reviewed White Rim Trail

    about 3 years ago

    As many of you know springtime arrived 2 months early ending an epic ski season in 2015. I work in the bike industry and being occupied with way too much fixing other people's bikes I hadn't had a chance to work my way south to ride in Moab. A last minute invite turned into my first ever White Rim ride.

    Arriving after days of rain the pass was still open but a little muddy. I was grateful to have a fat bike with those huge tires that float in sand and mud generally. My compatriots struggled a bit more with mud and stability. After arriving on the actual White Rim most of our mud troubles were gone.

    Our first day, because of permits was only 18 miles in to our first camp, at Airport Rock. The next day would be 52 miles to Hardscrabble Bottom Camp Site. The permits made it so that we had to envelope the hardest climbs of the White Rim Trail into one (the second) day made up of two decisively difficult ascents: Murphy's Hogback and Hardscrabble hill. The total mileage for the day was 52 miles and with my group definitely a challenging one. I did a solo side trip out to White Crack to see what that was all about. It was a piece of mining history that I'm glad I didn't miss.

    Our final day it had rained several hours into morning so we woke to wet ground. The track runs along the Green River most of the way to Mineral Bottom and was mostly mud. Fat tires don't shed that kind of mud easily. Arriving at the exit we had enough extra water to get our bikes kinda clean for the ride out of the bottom of canyon country. Those switchbacks were easy compared to the other climbs we'd done the day before. The mesa road out seemed a bit long for my taste with little to distract. But nonetheless, it was an awesome adventure on bikes with full vehicle support, somewhat like multi-day races I've done.

    Recommend: Yes.
    Bike: Fat
    Water: lots, no hydration bag, just bottles
    History: Raye Ringholz, Uranium Frenzy: Boom and Bust on the Colorado Plateau

    Eric Ramirez completed White Rim Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Eric Ramirez added Track - Apr 11 11:47 PM

    over 3 years ago

    Eric Ramirez completed Coyote Wall Loop Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Eric Ramirez added Mt Wolverine Tour

    over 3 years ago

    Eric Ramirez added snowy's

    over 3 years ago