PHX - Boulders 1st ride of 2013

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Nightstalker, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I called upon a few of my regulars to go out and do a little exploring of some trails I have heard about and some trails I found on Google Earth. We also got to ride some choice single track to get us out to that area. Little did we know what was in store!

    Slowred - KTM 350
    Eric E - Honda XR 250
    Nightstalker - Honda 450X

    Slowred counting craters on the moon's surface.

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    Eric on the first, of many, nasty hills.

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    It was a brisk 37 degrees when we arrived at the staging area. The ground was hard and slippery, making the climbs all the more difficult.

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  2. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Sharing the trail with wild burros.

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    What goes up, must come down.

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    What that hill looked like after the next climb.

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  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Slowred was so excited to be out riding today!

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    Eric on his way.

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    The start of Trail 11. That hill has grown much worse since the last time I was on it.

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  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Some rocky downhills too.

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Our initial destination comes into sight.

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    Closer up.

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    While the tower is somewhat exciting, the sweet single track that follows was the real treat.

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    Not much time for pictures, it was so hard to stop when it's flowy and fun.

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  6. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    But, there's always time for some shenanigans!

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    Eric passes through the Butt Crack.

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  7. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Nightstalker's turn!

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    That leaves Slowred.

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Just down the trail, Small Falls.

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    Eric blasts right through.

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    Slowred got a little caught up on the wet slippery rocks.

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    Nightstalker has a less than conventional approach - I meant to do that...

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  10. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I saw this trail on Google Earth, we should check it out!

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    It started in the wash below and quickly and rapidly climbed and climbed and climbed...

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    I had gotten stuck just below this spot and effectively screwed over my biker buddies.

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    Slowred up.

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    Eric searching for traction, one wheel at a time.

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    And Eric is up!

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  11. Nightstalker

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    We paused to contemplate what may lay before us.

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    Eric said, there's only one way to find out!

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    And this is where the trail got scary.

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    Not much room for error, the margin was narrow, the consequences were severe.

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    I can't speak for Slowred and Eric, but I was distressed!

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    There were round rolly rocks scattered about, just laying in wait to knock you off the trail.

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    I was quite relieved to reach the end of this trail. Little did I know...

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    I believe that Slowred was thinking the same thing.

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    We took the "bailout" down to this really nice jeep road. A jeep road with and EVIL streak! I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this in the distance. I was still in denial as we approached.

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    It was rocky, big time rocky.

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    Of course, it went up, but not too steep.

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    I couldn't imagine that we were riding though this stuff, but we were doing it!

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    We all must have had our red capes and spiderman undies on today!

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    Slowred helps Eric through a crazy boulder step up.

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    We took the bailout to avoid the "Large Falls" trail. It dropped over 550 feet in 1/2 mile from where we bailed. We did explore it, mostly on foot, for a little ways, from the bottom.

    Oh my!

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    Water puddles, still with a thin layer of ice!

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    So, I guess this is why it's called Large Falls. I'm glad we bailed.

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  15. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We were all ready to return to the trucks. Eric busted off his gear shifter shortly after the Large Falls trail. Luckily, he wasn't stuck in first gear!

    A little over 31 miles today.

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    Lots of up and down.

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  16. dentvet

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    Outstanding. i'd love to tag along sometime but i'll pass on the Large Falls part. that area must have endless trails.

    ps: eric's handguards are manly.
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  17. trailmarker

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    That looked like a really good ride, thanks for the pics and report. 23 degrees and 20" of snow here, wish I was there instead.
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  18. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    Thx for putting together a great ride Nightstalker! Excellent RR. Can't wait to see the video:clap
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  19. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone Innocent culprit

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    Great ride report! It looks like you guys had a blast!!! :D
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  20. Sableye

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    Thats some awesome hills ^^ Looked like a fab time had by all :)
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