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After a hard climb

It gets more interesting after that—stair step roots, loose rocks, hair pin turns through the trees. We’re glad it’s downhill. I’m too busy braking and balancing for pictures.

 

We come out on Bullion Creek Road and stop to regroup. “Man, that was awesome!” I say to my brothers. They seem less excited.

 

“I don’t really like that kind of thing,” Jesse says. “It’s hard to stop.”

 

“Yeah,” I acknowledge, “I wouldn’t like it much either in that case. My brakes are pretty good.” With the way we’re loaded, I probably have a much lower center of gravity as well. I can tractor down the hills.

 

A guy steps out of a truck that has pulled to a stop in the middle of the gravel road ahead. We’re still parked on the trail enjoying a snack in the shade. He checks his trailer and load then calls over to us. “Enjoy that trail?”

 

“Yeah,” we answer. Overall, it was good.

 

“We just ran it this morning on ATVs,” he says.

 

“Which way?” I ask.

 

“Both ways,” he answers. “I ran it once on a heavy XR 600,” he continues. “That was pretty interesting.”

 

“I bet,” I say.

 

Jesse chimes in with his trail condition questions. “What do you know about that trail,” he nods across the road, “going up the ridge?”

 

“Don’t bother,” the guy answers, describing a trail that all but disappears in grass and rocks. Good to know. We say farewells and, persuaded against the ridgeline single track, begin down that gravel road on our pre-programmed bypass route to Stevens Peak.

 

We are on Moon Pass Road again, about half-way through looping back to the ridge, when a prominent trailhead appears on the right. I stop and check the GPS which shows it leading straight up to Stevens Peak. I like shortcuts and I like getting off the gravel. We agree to have a go at it.

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Taken on September 4, 2011