Spring cleaning in the Teanaway

The Evergreen mountain bike alliance is hosting a weekend of riding in the Teanaway river valley next weekend. Spearheading the effort is Bob, who spend yesterday cleaning a couple trails that will be ridden on Friday and Sunday. The big ride is on Saturday, and I, along with Paul, joined him in cleaning up trees and brush along that route.

We carried each a saw and snips, and rode a few rarely-traveled trails. This should be an awesome ride next weekend now that it is cleaned of trees, brush, and even a pool of standing water that we helped to drain.

Bob heading the trail crew.

Bob heading the trail crew.

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Miller Peak is along the ridge, I was told.

Miller Peak is along the ridge, I was told.

Wildflowers!

Wildflowers!

This was the first of perhaps 10 trees that we sawed. With 3 people switching off, it only took 2, 3 minutes to cut this tree and make the trail rideable once again.

Before.

Before.

After.

After.

We charged up some pretty steep climbs, which never look steep in pictures.

A good climb - looks like downhill in the picture - of course pictures lie.

A good climb – looks like downhill in the picture – but of course pictures lie.

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We rode quite a bit along ridgelines and enjoyed excellent views of the Teanaway valley.
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Some slick-rock riding.

Some slick-rock riding.

Found a vacation home!

Found a vacation home!


At this point, we headed back as the trails ahead were thought to be completely free of debris.

A gratuitous speed sign on a pretty steep incline.

A gratuitous speed sign on a pretty steep incline.

So many flowers out – had to get this beauty on camera.
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We had lunch atop a large rock only partially shown in the picture below. Then, we headed along an amazing ridgeline single track.

More token flower pictures.

More token flower pictures.

Lots and lots of ridgeline riding.

Lots and lots of ridgeline riding.

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We stopped at a collapsed log cabin. Investigating the remains a bit, we think that this must be about 100 years old, and probably housed horses/sheep on one part, and the rancher on the other part.

Very old log cabin that isn't one anymore.

Very old log cabin that isn’t one anymore.

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The next trail again went along a ridgeline – but first a bit of climbing brought us to this big rock.
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Almost at the end of the ride, this ridgline trail was 15 feet next to the cliffs of the West Fork Teanaway river.

Crazy deep on the left, trail on the right.

Crazy deep on the left, trail on the right.


Back at the campground, a natural bridge invites one to test your balance – note that Bob is still wearing clip-in shoes! I tried it afterwards and looking down into the rapidly moving creek was a bit dizzying.
Bob walking the log.

Bob walking the log.

18 miles, 2000 ft., 5:30 hours, a dozen trees, and here’s the gpx of some very sweet single track.

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One Response to Spring cleaning in the Teanaway

  1. Forrest says:

    Great pictures! You really couldn’t have picked a better place to ride. The paved section of the road even makes for a nice skinny-tire ride.

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