Way Too Long...15-Apr-17 Lyda Rip

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Way Too Long...15-Apr-17 Lyda Rip

Postby liv2day » Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:53 am

It's been far too long since posting a ride report; pretty sure this is the longest stretch without riding since getting back into the dirt :(. My last rip aboard the little GG was early December, nearly 5 months had passed...no bueno. At least the "dry" spell is over...though calling anything dry given the winter we've had is an oxymoron...lol.

4 of us descended upon Lyda Camp with the goal of knocking out 30-40 miles; a couple of the usual suspects and another who's becoming a usual suspect. The loop was loosely planned to hit some technical stuff, possibly try and find Morels Maze, and end with the enjoyment that is Bales Creek.

Before diving into things, I want to give big thanks to the guys out working the trails. I was certain we'd encounter a whole ton of windfall and I'd be using my pack saw for a good chunk of the day, but we found the trails to be cleared of anything major. This was quite a surprise after the stoopid wind storm the weekend prior - thanks for clearing all the big stuff for those that did so.

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We took off from staging and hit the 'new' section of Log Jam; great warmup trail to get the arm pump out (or at least fading...lol) by the time we made it to Tomans. Tomans was quite the treat, especially as we encountered snow on the way up. Made navigating the baby head rock section all the more interesting. One minor get off and a broken RAM mount was the only casualty on the way to the top.

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The plan was to hit Hogsback and try to find a section of Morel's Maze. No problems finding Hogsback, but no luck finding Morel's...at least no luck finding a way to continue the trail. We did find part of the trail that ran along side the damn road they put in, but it wasn't quite passable and we gave it up. A bit of backtracking and we found a trail on the other side of the road that led to a great section of single track - not sure which trail it is - could be a section of Morel's or maybe Bat Bridge? Anyway, we found it and it was good fun.

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Made our way along Archers with the goal of getting to the top of Benny's. Not sure how many times I've gone down Benny's now, but it's such a great trail. It's a treat to ride along the draws, across the single track bridges, and eventually drop down to the logging road that takes us over to Payne.

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Payne, on the other hand, not really so much fun - at least the lower section that leads back up the ridge. We'd ridden a portion of it in December and it was challenging to say the least, now it's really rutted and made for a long slog. Be skipping that section the next time we're out of Lyda (though it did make for a couple of good video clips...lol).

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Lots of expletives, huffing and puffing, and general fatigue later, we finished Payne's Pain and made it back to Archers. There was talk at the beginning of the ride that a couple guys might skip the fun of Bales as it's the last trail to hit, but that didn't stick, so we made our way over to Lyda Bypass and then naviguessed our way to Bales.

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I was worried about the condition of Bales after the windstorm, but there was no need. Some small stuff down here and there, but nothing major and we made it all the way down without issue. We did find a super cool sign at the bottom of what I like to call the "slip-n-slide", not sure who put it there, but big props. The creek crossing section was good too, thought it might be blown out after all the rain, but it was crossable and fun at the same time.

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Made it back to staging with that good tired feeling, logged right around 30 miles and felt whupped...lol. Had a couple of well-earned cold ones, then bombed back to civilization...fantastic day in the woods!

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Video to come in the next post!

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Re: Way Too Long...15-Apr-17 Lyda Rip

Postby Tawmass » Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:41 am

NICE!!
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Re: Way Too Long...15-Apr-17 Lyda Rip

Postby Revival2013 » Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:54 am

Glad to see there is hope for this season to start.

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Re: Way Too Long...15-Apr-17 Lyda Rip

Postby bryanaverill » Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:28 pm

We ride a similar loop and have done it twice this season. We also ride Denny's, George's Loop, and Elk Below. We actually skip the Morrel's Maze part and make more of a figure eight. Parts of Denny's need to be repaired. The ruts are about two feet deep and you can't ride with your feet on the pegs. This would be a good repair project.

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Re: Way Too Long...15-Apr-17 Lyda Rip

Postby Sideways1 » Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:21 pm

Very Nice... It's been way too long for me also got to get out and rip

Be Safe...


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Re: Way Too Long...15-Apr-17 Lyda Rip

Postby liv2day » Mon May 01, 2017 4:46 pm

And now for some video, enjoy :D :D

Fun on Tomans







Some single track that I'm not quite sure of the name...might be part of Morel's, might be part of Bat Bridge?




Some Benny love:







The infamous Payne trail










The Pain of Payne:




The absolute blast that is Bales Creek:















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Re: Way Too Long...15-Apr-17 Lyda Rip

Postby Luke » Mon May 01, 2017 6:56 pm

Yep, that single track is Bat Bridge. If you're looking for Morel's go to the end of the new ridge road and go straight off the end. Morel's is there, curving off to the left about 20 yards from the end of the gravel. You might want to hike it to find it before committing to going off the end, through.


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