Saturday, March 12, 2016

Return to Doyle Mountain 3/12/2016



Loop – 67 miles

Confused Trail Boss – Spode Daddy

Riders – Loyal, Trent , Dan , Jim

I had planned to do a variation of The House that Dirt Built but got confused by the amount of road to
connect the single track and missed Portland Gulch / Squaw Garden , the best legs.




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Poison Creek





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Half Moon Pass


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Upper end of West Fork Birch Creek.

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Lunch stop

We climbed up the hill to use the monoliths as a wind break.
This part of the canyon was a wind tunnel.





Looking at last months ride – the trail head for Portland Gulch was another mile of so from where I dropped
into the Savage Crossing single track ( the red track ).



Above Savage Crossing we discussed riding Portland Gulch/ Squaw Garden the opposite way but decided to ride over Doyle Mountain so Loyal and Dan could split off and head back to the trucks.


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Hog Pen – the sand is getting deeper the more it dries out.





Weather was moving in by the time I got back to Boise it was raining.



I hadn’t ridden this stretch in years took me a while to recognize where we were.
Ridding the sand wore me  out. Trent had to help me up the lip on the hill climb.

About a mile from the trucks I hit reserve.
I dropped my bike in the slow sand washes 2-3 times loosing some gas.

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