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    Rip3d Trails added Jackson Hole Loop Trail

    over 6 years ago

    Rip3d Trails completed Negro Bill Canyon

    almost 8 years ago

    Rip3d Trails reviewed Cedar Rock

    almost 8 years ago

    I arrived nice and early at a dry Corn Mill Shoals Car Park, there was just one car there, with a bike rack!!.. Luvly Jubly!!

    My ride today was going to be fast, and it was going to be damn right mental!!, so I opted for the 3 best trails in the DuPont Forest, and I did not do this loop once, I did it 2.5 times..

    My loop..

    Corn Shoals onto veered left to climb Big Rock at the top I took a left and hamerd down Cedar Rock like a greased whippet needing a spot to shit! then onto Little River Trail heading for Burnt Mountain Climbed anti clockwise up Burnt Mountain, and really opened up on the downhill, seeing as this is my 4th ride on Burnt Mountain, it was very early, and there where no cars in the parking area, I really gave this fantastic downhill everything I had, there where sections that I jumped, I stayed airborne so long, I could have read a newspaper whilst in the air!! At the bottom of Burnt Mountain, I picked up Little River again, and headed back to Cedar Rock for a fantastic climb on slick rock, and then at the top I flew down Big Rock, although by now I was slighty on edge, and was more careful not to crash into a human, a horse or a dog, or knowing my luck, all three at once!!

    Safely down the bottom of Big Rock, I headed back to the Parking, 100% content!!

    This figure of eight loop mentioned here is an absolute MUST!!, however, I have 2 mayor issues with it, the first, is that it is a bit short, I really believe that if you could somehow make this ride an extra hour longer, it would be in the same league as the notorious rides in places such as Moab and Bend.
    My second big issue I have with this ride, is, and I admit a selfish one, but you seriously have to ditch hikers and horses!!.. this track can be way to busy to get the max out of it. I am a reasonable fella, so I suggest they allow hikers and horses on Tuesday morning before 8am!!.

    On a serious note, this loop is extremely fast and fun, but Please be careful and never forget that we are sharing the trails with others.

    My Trail Rating : 8.5 / 10

    Rip3d Trails completed Cedar Rock

    almost 8 years ago

    Rip3d Trails reviewed Bangtail Divide Trail

    almost 8 years ago

    My Experience
    Trailhead is easy to find, the trail is well marked. There is a lot of climbing on this trail, but it is definitely doable, just put your steed into low gear, switch off , and enjoy the climb. This trail is in my books technically easy, but it is a long ride and a long walk out if anything goes wrong, so go well prepared. I did this trail as a P2P (point 2 point) starting at Stone Creek and finishing at Bracket Creek, however this trail can be done from both directions.

    Conclusion
    Oooohhh yes!! this trail is what mountain biking is about, not too strenuous, 23 miles of sweet singletrack through stunning scenery. The trail is well maintained and well marked. The scenery is fantastic, and it came with the smell of fresh pine and 1000′s of wild flowers. The 2-3 hour total climb is rewarded with a fantastic smooth downhill with in most places more than enough visibility to open up to a fair speed.. Dont open up too much, cos there are a few very tight switchbacks that appear out of nowhere, and some have some pretty brutal drops that you definitely dont want to hit going too fast.. If this trail doesnt put a smile on your chops, then nothing will!

    All in all, the Bangtail Divide Trail is a definite Must Ride Trail.. I did this one in 4 hours 29 min. and I enjoyed every second of both the riding and the scenery.

    Other Info:
    Traffic on Trail : 5 mountain bikers, one jogger, one hiker

    Wild Life : I did not see anything

    Scenery : 23 miles of scenery

    Other : Take extra fluids, dont forget the bug repellent there are ( were) lots of pesky horseflies.

    My Trail Rating : 9.5 / 10

    Rip3d Trails updated Bangtail Divide Trail

    almost 8 years ago

    Rip3d Trails reviewed Sawmill - Curry Gulch Loop

    almost 8 years ago

    There are a few ways to make this trail a fantastic loop, the downside is, that no matter which trails you choose, you are gonna have a hell of a strenuous climb, the good news is, what goes up, must come down, and it's a 100% adrenalin filled downhill ride.
    I preferred to climb Sawmill and cross onto Stuart Peak, head down and veer onto Wallman. Another great option is to climb Wallman and come down Sawmill.

    Rip3d Trails completed Sawmill Curry Gulch Loop Trail

    almost 8 years ago

    Rip3d Trails completed Rattlesnake Trail

    almost 8 years ago

    Rip3d Trails reviewed Stuart Peak

    almost 8 years ago

    My first choice of trails were in the Rattlesnake Trail System which offers a great network of trails for every level of experience.
    Trailhead is easy to find, and there are maps (free) at the trailhead. There were numerous vehicles at the trailhead, but once a short distance from the trail head, I did not see many people at all.
    These trails are shared with hikers and horses, so caution is always needed.

    Conclusion
    I started this ride at 10.30am on a Tuesday, the weather was ideal and the trails did not seem to be too busy. The trails I opted for started off on an easy level double track. After about 0.5 miles I veered off onto a singletrack, from this moment on, it was just myself on the trail.
    The first 3 miles was easy going on a steady climb, and had more of a XC feeling. After the 3 mile point the trail suddenly changed, and really started to climb, still manageable but it did start busting my lungs.
    While climbing I was getting pretty hyped about ride back, which was 100% downhill on some fantastic singletrack, all in all about 8 miles of sweet downhill. I followed the Stuart Peak Trail all the way to the Rattlesnake Wilderness, which is the turn around point, as bikes are not allowed past this point.

    The ride back to the trailhead following the Stuart Peak Trail was FUN, FAST and FURIOUS!! sweet singletrack with enough clearance to be able to Open Up

    All in all, this trail does not offer much scenery, but what it lacks in scenery, it definitely makes up with the fun factor.

    Other Info:
    Traffic on Trail : 2 hikers on singletrack, numerous near Trailhead
    Wild Life : lots of deer ( did see steaming bear scat)
    Scenery : Not very scenic
    Other : Free map at trailhead, Trails are VERY busy during weekends

    My Trail Rating : 7.5 / 10

    Rip3d Trails updated Stuart Peak

    almost 8 years ago

    Rip3d Trails completed Stuart Peak Trail

    almost 8 years ago

    Rip3d Trails reviewed Wallman Trail - Spring Gulch Loop

    almost 8 years ago

    My Experience
    This was my second ride in the Rattlesnake Trail System, and I had actually climbed the Wallman Trail while doing it in combination with the Stuart Peak Trail. While busting my lungs going up, I knew I had to come back, and do this little beauty going downhill.. One thing is certain, The Wallman Trail is a hell of a lot more fun coming down than it is going up!!

    Conclusion
    Absolutely fantastic loop, Wallman Trail downhill offers the ultimate buzz, sweet singletrack at its best. A couple of fairly easy but tight switchbacks and enough visibility to switch off your common sense and put your steed to the deed. The fun doesnt just stop when the trail bottoms out, youve still got a sweet mile of level but fast zigzagging through the Rattlesnake pine forest.

    I did this trail on a week day, I spent 2 hours on the trail, and did not see anyone untill I reached the last 0.5 miles from the trailhead

    Other Info:
    Traffic on Trail : Trailhead was busy but I did not see anyone on the trails

    Wild Life : none this time

    Scenery : scenery is low, but the fun level compensates for that

    Other : Free map at trailhead, Trails are VERY busy during weekends

    Recommendation : If you are willing to put in an extra hour, I suggest you continue all the way UP to the end of Stuart Peak Trail, then turn around and enjoy about 10 miles of downhill mayhem just dont miss the Wallman trail while bombing down

    My Trail Rating : 8.5 / 10

    Rip3d Trails reviewed Gold Bar Rim

    almost 8 years ago

    My Experience

    I started the trail early on a sunny Monday morning, from an empty trailhead. The trail starts with a climb up Gemini Bridges Road, although its a high elevation gain, the ride is actually not too bad. After about 20 min. climb, you dip back down into a valley and ride through a kind of canyon, this is an easy ride that takes you to the actual start of the Gold Bar Rim. this section starts off very sandy, but it doesnt take long before you hit the slickrock, and the start of a 2-5 hour climb. I must say, unlike the guide books say, I did not have any trouble climbing the Gold Bar Rim, Yes there are some very steep climbing sections, but with the grip on the slickrock, just put your steed into Granny Gear, and just switch off.
    Getting to the top of Gold Bar Rim is pretty straight forward, but connecting Gold Bar Rim to the Portage was brutal, saying this, there are easier trails to connect to the Portal, but I took the High Rim trail ( follow blue paint markings and cairns) This section is extremely technical and some spots are very dangerous and any errors will definitely mean death. I would rate this section a 4 5. Anyone with a fear of heights and extremely narrow sections with 800 ft drops should NOT consider this section, and follow the lower Spike Trail.

    Conclusion

    The Gold Bar Rim Trail is a very nice ride, it is very scenic, and has a remote feeling to it. If you like remote rides, and like playing on Slickrock, then you should definitely give this one a try. It is a very long long climb, but it is actually not too bad. This trail can be an out and back, or a shuttle from the Portage or Poison Spider.

    Next time I do this trail, I will come up the Poison Spider, and down the Gold Bar Rim, I think this would make a fantastic ride.
    If you do not like sheer heights, DO NOT attempt the higher route to connect to the Portage or Poison Spider, this section is extremely difficult and dangerous.

    Other Info:

    Traffic on Trail : 5 motor cyclists and 2 44′s
    Wild Life : who needs wildlife on a ride like this!?
    Scenery : Absolutely Fantastic 360 degree 3D Scenery
    Other : Take plenty of fluids and energy bars. If you do not like sheer heights, DO NOT attempt the higher route to connect to the Portage or Poison Spider, this section is extremely difficult and dangerous.

    My Trail Rating : 9 / 10

    Rip3d Trails completed Gold Bar Rim

    almost 8 years ago

    Rip3d Trails reviewed Porcupine Rim

    almost 8 years ago

    My Experience

    I am all too familiar with the Porcupine Rim Trail, the first time I did this trail, I was stoked for a whole week. The Porcupine Rim was also nominated as last years Mountain Madness 2008 Best Trail in the USA.
    This trail is Fantastic, Brutal and Mental, if you or your bike is not 100% in top form, you should give this trail a wide berth!! Highly technical, physically very demanding. Numerous mountain bikers have died on the Porcupine, and when riding it, its easy to see why. But, it is definitely a trail that every serious mountain biker should have on his/ her list of Must Dos

    Conclusion

    Up at 7 am, and was on the trail by 8.am. Just like the first time, I love this trail, this time around I felt I was in top form, and I was darting around like a greased whippet with a flea up his arse, then my derailleur hanger broke, and my world came tumbling down. I always carry spares, but by now I was a bit more cautious.
    The trail is very demanding for both bike and rider, carpets of 15 inch Dragons Teeth pointing in every direction, just waiting to rip you and your bike to pieces.
    The singletrack section of the Porcupine is where most people get hurt, on this section there is no room for error, and any form of hesitation or last minute change of mind and you will definitely pay the price.
    Do not attempt the Porcupine Trail if you and your bike is not in Top Shape. But if you and your bike are up for it, you are gonna have one of the best rides you will ever have.

    Other Info:

    Traffic on Trail : no one
    Wild Life : who needs wildlife on a ride like this!?
    Scenery : Absolutely Fantastic 360 degree 3D Scenery
    Other : Start early, make sure you and your bike are in top shape. People have died on this trail, DO NOT become a statistic.

    My Trail Rating : 9.5 / 10

    Rip3d Trails completed Porcupine Rim

    almost 8 years ago

    Rip3d Trails updated Porcupine Rim

    almost 8 years ago

    Rip3d Trails reviewed Amasa Back

    almost 8 years ago

    This trail is a "Locals" favorite, and can be VERY busy. Amasa back is a P2P [point to point] trail of about 10 miles. Vertical climb is 1050 feet.
    This trail is both technically and physically demanding but the reward of some stunning scenery is well worth it.
    If it was not for the crowds, this could well be Moabs best ride, if possible do this trail on a weekday.

    Rip3d Trails reviewed Poison Spider Mesa down the Portal Trail

    almost 8 years ago

    My Experience

    This Trail is technically not too bad, but physically it will tear you apart. I did this trail last year, and this year it was more strenuous than last year, more and deeper sand. The Poison Spider Mesa is pretty remote, and should not be taken lightly. The views are stunning, and the Portal section is just plain mental, any error on this section will definitely have severe consequences and even death. If you have any reservations about the Portal Trail, just do the ride as an Out and Back making the Portal the turn around point.

    Conclussion

    I love the Poison Spider Mesa and Portal Trail, this ride does not come easy, and if given the chance, it will tear you apart!!. My advice is to ride the Trail as a leisurely picnic and not a race. Chicken heads, Baby heads, 2 feet high dragons teeth, ankle deep sand, mental singletrack and 600 ft sheer drops will try and get you to hate this trail. There is absolutely no point at all trying to beat a world record on this trail, it just wont happen. Put your steed into granny gear, put a smile on your chops and just enjoy the scenery, and before you know it, 4 hours later you will be back where you started, and you will still have that big smile on your chops.

    In my books the Poison Spider Mesa Trail and down the Portal Trail is an absolute must Moab ride.

    Other Info:

    Traffic on Trail : no one
    Wild Life : who needs wildlife on a ride like this!?
    Scenery : Absolutely Fantastic 360 degree 3D Scenery
    Other : Bring LOTS of water on this one. The Portal should NOT be attempted by anyone with a fear of heights, people have died on this section

    My Trail Rating : 9.5 / 10

    Rip3d Trails reviewed Zippity Do Da

    almost 8 years ago

    18 Road in Fruita is home to what some say the best trails in Colorado, and I had heard a lot about Chutes & Ladders and Zippety Doo Daa.

    Zippety Doo Daa is a just a mental trail, that will have you laughing and shitting yourself at the same time. Do not attempt ZDD if you do not like heights and / or very narrow track with a hell of a penalty for any errors. Certain section of ZDD are easily 75 degrees downhill, go too slow and you are off, go too fast and you are off!!

    one thing is certain, once you are safely at the end of ZDD, all you want is ONE thing, and that is to do it again!!

    Rip3d Trails updated Hartman Rocks

    almost 8 years ago

    Rip3d Trails completed Hartman Rocks

    almost 8 years ago

    Rip3d Trails reviewed Hartman Rocks

    almost 8 years ago

    My Experience

    Seeing as Hartman Rocks was just 2 miles from where I was based, I took my time getting ready.
    It was a fantastic day to ride, clear blue sky on a crisp Friday morning.
    I started riding at 10am, and there were just 2 cars in the lot, that was an excellent sign. I sent all in all just over 7 hours riding all the trails I came across.

    START Jacks Trail Tailpipe The Ridge Top of the World Alonsos Behind the Rocks The Luge Buddy Bear Dirty Sock Dave Moes Enchanted Forest Skull Pass Aberdeen Loop Outback Back in then followed the dirt road back to Josies back to START

    In the whole 7 hours that I was on the trails, I did not come across anyone, until the last hour, and then I came across 2 people on a moto trail bike, and 1 group of 3 bikers.

    I enjoyed every minute of all the trails I did, and would definitely recommend Hartman Rocks.

    Conclussion

    Where do I start? I spent more than 7 hours on these fantastic trails, and it seemed like 2 hours. the combination of great weather, excellent trails, no people and stunning views, made my day a perfect one.
    If like me, you love to bike in open rugged spaces with stunning views and fantastic singletracks, then Hartman Rocks is definitely gonna put a smile on your chops For me it was a perfect day, and I give Hartman Rocks a perfect 10/10

    Other Info:

    Traffic on Trail : 2 people on a motorbike and 1 group of 3 bikers
    Wild Life : a snake
    Scenery : Fantastic Scenery
    Other : My experience might have been different if I did this on a weekend or after 4 o clock..

    My Trail Rating : 10 / 10

    Rip3d Trails updated Moab Rim

    almost 8 years ago

    Rip3d Trails updated Walker Ranch Loop

    almost 8 years ago

    Rip3d Trails reviewed Walker Ranch Loop

    almost 8 years ago

    My Experience

    This ride did not take too much planning, because I had done this trail last year. I was really looking forward to my second chance on the Walker Ranch, and actually riding the whole trail.

    Walker Ranch is a fantastic loop, that can be taken both Clockwise and Counter. I prefer to ride it counter, which starts you off on a fantastic downhill, just be careful for walkers & dogs, once at the bottom, you will start a moderate but tiring climb. Once at the top, you enter an open spot, with a parking lot, this is where the real fun starts!!.. 2 miles of the best downhill you will ever ride!.. you are gonna want to ride this trail again just for this downhill section. This is followed by a short portage down some very steep steps, followed by another moderate climb back to the trail head.
    If you are still buzzing from the ride, and need more, just turn around and start again, going the opposite direction, because by now you know the climb you did through the forest at the end is gonna be one hell of a downhill!!

    Other Info:

    Traffic on Trail : two hikers with unleashed dogs, a crazy biking dude without a helmet, and Two other mountain bikers
    Wild Life : None ( but this is Big Cat country)
    Scenery : Open Trail with great scenery
    Other : Be VERY careful not to colide with hikers or on coming bikers, the trail is very narrow, and some places have very limited vision of the trail

    My Trail Rating : 8.5 / 10