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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.
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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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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
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.