Monthly Archives: November 2011

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Black Canyon Trail from Hwy 69 to Maricopa Trail to Cave Creek Park.

An overnight bikepacking excursion like no other.  Karen and Tegan were kind enough to break out of the house early the day after Thanksgiving to drive me to Mayer, AZ and drop me off.

I was on the trail at about 8.

from this sign near Hwy 69 to the Maricopa Trail was about 65 miles of bliss.

lots of ranch activity all the way

big skies and long roads & trails

gate to some ripping track

meandering sweetness

dropping into the sweetness

lunch and a sip

gate with a bike roll over that leads to an old stagecoach track a few miles down the trail. rough.

one of several Agua Fria river crossings

this river crossing proved to be my only needed area (aside from a beer stop and water refill at Anthem) to filter water for on the trail

gotta love the pro bike sentiment at the top of a long hill

looking South towards the New River mountains at the campsite just N. of Table Mesa and the all night ATV riding and gunfire

Table Mesa (flat top hill just left of center) just prior to Sunrise

from my camp to New River Road was some of the most entertaining trail.  There was a demanding climb just S. of  Table Mesa, but once down that and on it was sublime.

looking South, this was at the end of a very windy and twisty fun morning section of riding from Table Mesa. From this point on, the BCT Trail got kind of flat - but still has a few sections of nice single-track to New River Rd. After a day and a half of casual touring pace, this view was invigorating.

some old school BCT signage. It was interesting to see the progression of the trail since the 1990's. I remember riding a few times from New River Rd. North and seeing these signs - generally leading you somewhere but usually just confusing you. A lot has changed in this section. Newer signage and newer single-track.

A very windy time heading through this area. After crossing New River Rd., the trail turns into this, crosses New river and continues onward to Carefree Highway.

Money. The connection I have been looking forward to for a while. An intersection of the Maricopa Trail and the Black Canyon Trail. From this point the Maricopa Trail traverses East and West - West to Lake Pleasant (another ride to be seen shortly...) and East to Cave Creek park and Spur Cross.

Maricopa Trail goes under I-17 near Daisy Mountain Rd.

from this point I took the MT on to Cave Creek Park after a break for a sandwich and beer in Anthem.  At the park, I decided to call in for a ride back to home.  It was a great solo ride and I will certainly be doing that again soon while the temps are cool.

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Super Stoked

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For an Occupybikeseat on the Black Canyon Trail this weekend.

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there and back again

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The Phoenix Mountain Preserve is a great place.

there - at one of my favorite places to take a break

some late Fall sprouting

some pollination going on here

pedal scrapes

Sqaw Peak - but not really.

a sweet little section of trail on the flanks of the not really

back - one of my other favorite places to take a break

I love my singlespeed!

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Union Hills

AKA “Sonoran Preserve” Phase 1.

New trails in an area I used to ride motorcycles in back in the late 80’s.  So long ago.  I think I was wearing Top Siders and parachute pants.  I don’t know.

At any rate, new trails and an interesting area to hook up to other systems – BCT, Deem Hills, Maricopa Trail, Spur Cross etc, etc, etc.

Climbing?  check.

Twisty ribbon meanderingly fast singletrack?   check.

Ride to from the house?   check.

 

I’m excited for the possibilities.

Phoenix Sonoran Preserve

 

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ThNR Ride

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Sadness

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Clump gone.

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Bashed

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Looks like the Saguaro hop is less hop than roll now.  So sad.

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