Sunday, March 29, 2009

Local Trails Update

I ventured onto the Toe of the Hill Trail yesterday followed by the Quigley single track and ending with a climb up Deadmans Gulch Ridge. The Toe Trail is in great shape with very little snow left only on some north facing/shaded sections. I was also informed from Becki Keefer that the Toe extension on the south end is in the process of being restaked and construction will begin very soon (also good news for those that need volunteer trail hours). The Quigley single track is in fine shape as well with some snow on the far end but not enough to deter the trail runner in search of dirt. The Deadmand Gulch Ridge, a name we have given this feature due to lack of a formal name for the peak, is clear all the way to the top. This ridge was recommended by local backcountry guru Mike Stevens as a good 2500' climb to practice some much needed power hiking legs. I'm here to say, its off trail, steep, rocky, and will take a solid hour to climb. The descent can prove to be just as difficult and almost take as long due to the rocky steep grade especially near the top. If you venture to this ridge be aware that Deadmans Gulch is private property. The ridge climb is split by the boundary fence most of the way up so one can easily stay on public lands. Now get out and enjoy!

1 comment:

Hank Dart said...

Thanks for the update, Brad. I'm interested to try out Deadman's all the way to the top. Keep me posted on the Toe of the Hill work. I need those hours too.

Nice work. Cheers.