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Zen Trail

Today I decided that I should ride Zen Trail seeing that I wouldn't have another chance to try it for another 3 weeks, even thought I dislocated my knee for a second on Tuesday. By Friday the pain was gone so I said "what the hell lets go try one of the hardest trails in St. George."

I arrived at the trailhead around 8:00 a.m., and had a look at a 750ft climb. The beginning portion of the trail is ATV track and is a smooth steady climb. As soon as it turned into a single track I started encountering a much steeper climb and some quick rock stunts

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About half way up is a tiny rock drop and continues between two rocks that I scraped my pedals on. After that you come to a cliff where you can see the 3 Fingers of Death of Bearclaw Poppy Trail.

For your first time riding this trail it would be really hard to find your way without a GPS. I lost the trail countless times, and had to walk a few steep parts. In some sections I think it's impossible to bike up the trail no matter what type of bike you have.

I was somewhat disappointed with downhill even though it had a lot of fun tech spots mixed in. The downhill isn't fully downhill. There are a few places where you have to climb back up. It was nothing big or hard but after the 750ft climb I really didn't have the energy to climb the short ups near the bottom of the trail.

The weather was perfect. Yes I know it's cloudy, but I would much rather have cool and cloudy verses Hot and sunny. The trail was really great but not a trail I would ride every week.

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Sidewinder Trail

Today I decided to go for a solo ride again, this time I chose Sidewinder Trail. This is a new trail located inside the Santa Clara River Preserve. It shares the same trailhead as Barrel roll and Black Bush Trail. You start off on Barrel Roll trail and after about 130 ft it branches off on Precipice Trail.

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Precipice Trail is cut into the side of the mesa just below Barrel roll, and after about a mile it branches off again. If you go right then it will hook into Barrel Roll and if you go Left then it will hook into Sidewinder Trail. This is where the real fun starts. Sidewinder is a trail made up of switch backs that never seems to end and is about a 300ft climb in about 2.5 miles.

This trail has many tech parts nothing really hard. I only walked one part and that was a little rock stunt on top. It had a 90 degree left turn off a drop with  a cliff to the right so I wasn't feeling that sporty after a 500ft climb. The downhill is really fun, but is very short lived because of the silt in the corners of the switchbacks. Right before you join back up with Precipice Trail and/or Barrel roll there is a little jump that won't get you that high but you can fly a good distance depending on your speed.

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Barrel Roll Trail 5/2/09

I went for a solo ride this morning on Barrel Roll Trail in Santa Clara. I haven't riden it for a few months so I sort of forgot how much of a workout it is. I was using this as my training ride before I try Zen Trail in a few weeks.

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The ride went really good for me. I forgot about all the tech stuff but there was nothing that held me back. It took me about an 1:45 minutes to run, which is a major improvement on my first time of about 3 hours. so I got some good photos, some good exercise, and I didn't crash.

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Videos from JEM and Bearclaw

I'm in a red shirt, brown shorts, silver helmet, silver bike, and in the lead most of the time.

JEM Trail video from Bogley.com

Bearclaw Poppy Trail video from Bogley.com

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JEM And Bearclaw Poppy Trails.

Last Saturday I joined up with Justin McFarland (part owner of Bogley.com) and some of his friends from Ogden, Utah. Around 11:00 A.M. we all meet up at the bottom trailhead of JEM and shuttled to the top trailhead. Justin, Mark, and me led the pack most of the way. I found out the hard way that the banks are soft in the corners. The first time my bike slid out from under me, I was lucky to gain control again. The second time, I was also able to gain control again, but couldn't get back on the track quick enough and ended up hitting a bush and going over the handle bars. :D

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Pictures from Justin McFarland.

After some lunch and rest, I meet back up with Justin and Mark to tackle Bearclaw Poppy Trail. Now after one near crash, one actual crash, and a scary ride next to the cliff on JEM. Bearclaw was just a walk in the park. Nothing seemed to faze me. We bombed down that as fast as we could and it only seemed like it took us 30 minutes to get to the bottom.

This was one of the best days I've had mountain biking it quite some time. I'm glad I got a chance to meet up with Justin and the other northern pros. :) When Justin gets done with the videos I'll be sure to post them.

Announcement: Don't ride Bearclaw when it's wet and muddy! It's damaging the trail. It leaves ruts from the tires and when it dries the clay hardens like a rock. The result is a very bumpy and torn up trail.  Again please don't ride Bearclaw Poppy Trail when it is wet.

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Paradise Canyon Fun Part

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I've finally got around to taking pictures of my favorite part of Paradise Canyon. This happens to be the tech section on top of Paradise Rim. I've ridden it many times and always seems to get the blood pumping, but I still really haven't found anything quite like the tech drops that Paradise Canyon has.


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