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Well back again today with the Bogley gang today we hit up Zen Trail and Bearclaw right after. we spent most of the day playing on the rocks, and a few of them with the DH bikes were praying for the climbing to end and the down hill to start. what usually happens is when you first ride this trail you hate it, but when your crazy enough to come back for seconds is when you realize it's really not that bad of a trail. Justin McFarland got some great videos and pictures, so enjoy.
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I meet up with a few friends from bogley today and rode the JEM Trail. not much has changed since the last visit. the corners have hardened up quite a bit and was easy to keep traction. we stopped in a few parts to do some drops.. I chose not to do it because i have a hardtail with 3 inches of travel in the front, now if i was ridding a full DH bike like they were I probably would have given it a go.
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I figured today was the day to try Zen trail again. I invited a bunch of people but they were all busy. this made it nice for a solo ride. everything seemed to go a lot smoother than the first time. I didn't even need to pull out my gps. it took me about 2 hours to ride it, which is a significant improvement on my first time back in may.
not much to say so i'll let the pictures do the talking.
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Today Mike and I were planing on riding Barrel Roll Trail but Swiss Days in Santa Clara messed that plan up, so we hit Anasazi Trail instead. The temperature is perfect for mountain biking right now. not to hot, not to cold. It was an uneventful day just a nice leisurely ride
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Bunker Creek Trail is an awesome downhill trail IF you do it a month from now. I learned my lesson and I won't be soon forgetting it. Let's just say the snow patches on the mountain look smaller they are.
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On Thursday Statton and I decided it would be fun to do a trail while we were up here on a camping trip. I've wanted to do Bunker Creek for years and was finally able to do it. When my dad dropped us off near the top of Brian Head, we had to hike over a snow patch that covered the road before we could even get to the trailhead. To add to the situation the wind was cold and must have been blowing at 60 mph
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The trail starts at about 10,500 ft. We had to spend most of our time hike-a-bike through the snow that covered the trail in patches. Once we started dropping it started drying off and was a nice smooth ride until we got to where the trail forks left and right. We took the right fork of Bunker Creek (left fork from top) and instantly ran into snow again.
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Again after we started dropping in altitude we were cursing down some fun rock gardens and switchbacks without snow. We soon ran into another problem, since it was so early in the season there were tons of trees that have fallen over the trail and the Color Country Bike Club hadn't had time to do trail work yet, and I give the Color Country Bike Club props for cleaning up this trail every year.
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After climbing over three dozen trees the trail turned into an ATV track and turned into some smooth riding that is until I got bucked forward and went over the handle bars at 30+ mph and landing on my face. Good thing my head was resting on my left arm and my right hand. After I crashed I was in so much pain could swear my shoulder was broken and the same for my wrist. After lying on the ground for a few minutes the pain started to dull and I was able to determine that I fine except all for all the road rash on my knees, arms, shoulder, and a scratch on my face. It took me 10 minutes to figure out where my bike went, but I soon found it upside down in a tree 15 feet down the trail from where I was sitting (last picture). I figured I flew/skidded 15ft from the start of the crash.
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This would be an awesome trail in July, but I will never do this trail again in June or any time before it. On a side note I thought it was really cool watching the ground fly by 2 inches from my face.
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