MTB Bridgeport, Arroyo Canyon, Bodie, Potato Peak, Mono Lake Vista and a Hot Spring.


There is no amazing singletrack here that I am aware of BUT a big BUT the vistas and stuff around the Bodie Hills are truly a place to see. Bridgeport to me is a pretty cool little town. I wanted to find a ride around this town. I stopped in the Bridgeport Ranger Station – USDA Forest Service one day driving thru and asked if there was any Mountain Biking. The ranger said “NO” and if you ride in wilderness area you will be ticketed. I couldn’t even get a recommendation out of the guy. So I went home and checked google and strava. I knew there had to be somewhere I could ride. Yes there were forest service roads but the one I found was Aurora Canyon which actually is BLM land and Bodie State Park.

OK time to go ride. I made the 50 minute drive to Bridgeport and made a right onto Hwy 182 a very short drive out of the town Bridgeport to Arroyo Canyon went past a neighborhood and an old cemetery. I found this park at the start of the gravel road.

Parking at Baseball Field

Parking at Baseball Field

I parked here and changed into my riding cloths finished coffee and headed into the hills.

Welcome to Bodie Hills

Welcome to Bodie Hills

This sign reassured me I was on the right track. I did load the GPS track on my iPhone using a great simple app GPX reader.

Up the Canyon

Up the Canyon

The ride did not take long to realize you where riding in a canyon.

Fall Colors up Aurora Canyon

Fall Colors up Aurora Canyon

There were groves of Aspens still giving off the amazing fall colors.

Y in the roads.

Y in the roads.

There where a few Y roads on the climb. I checked my Gpx file to make sure I was on track I did not want to end up in the middle of Nevada. I had only a half of water bottle. I wanted to fill up at the park. The park care takers had already shut the water off for the season so the pipes don’t freeze. I was conserving water.

Over looking Mono Lake.

Over looking Mono Lake.

After about 5 miles of riding I could see cinder cones and Mono Lake. The pictures just don’t do justice of the views.

Mono Lake Vista

Mono Lake Vista

As I climbed up I even had better views of Mono Lake. Not a common view of Mono Lake from this view. Here I made a right and stared up at about a 500 yard hike a bike it was to steep for me to climb.

Potato Peak Hike A Bike

Potato Peak Hike A Bike

Here at the top of Potato Peak I was above 10,000 feet. I had stopped many times to catch my breath or something. I looked back I could see the Ghost town of Bodie in the distance. This ride was starting to wear me out. At this point I was thinking quench my thirst and food. I had climbed about 4000 ft and knew it was almost downhill from here WooHoo!!!

Looking Back at Potato Peak at 10236 ft

Looking Back at Potato Peak at 10236 ft

After about a 1 mile, mile and a half I had to look back and get a glimpse of the peak before heading down. I have seen the peak driving thru and doing Mountain Bikes rides at Dunderberg Meadows.

Looking towards the Town of Bridgeport

Looking towards the Town of Bridgeport

I could see the Town of Bridgeport all I could think about is food, drink, and hot springs.

Town of Bridgeport Closer

Town of Bridgeport Closer

I was very close now. I was not worried about thirst anymore. I was just thinking what I was going to order at The Barn burger joint.

OH YES the Ortega Burger.

OH YES the Ortega Burger.

The Ortega Burger filled me up just great at The Burger Barn. Now it was time to rehab the muscles at the Hot Springs.

The Hot Springs not so secret.

The Hot Springs not so secret.

This is one of the most beautiful hot springs I have been to although it wasn’t that warm it was warmer then the air. I stayed in it about 30 minutes.

Strava Map of the Ride

Strava Map of the Ride

Elevation

Elevation

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June Lake Autumn Beer Festival and Fatbike Fall Colors Ride.


I had been looking forward to the June Lake Autumn Beer Festival since I heard they where having it again. June Lake is so nice in the fall the Aspen trees turn into a fiery orange color reflecting off the lake. I was also excited because my friend KC got a Surley Pugsley Fatbike hooray another person to fatbike with. He is also a craft beer fan. Fast-forward 3 months. So he and a few friends got an old retro fishing type cabin which was conveniently near the beer fest June Lake Pines Cottages

June Lake Pine Cottage

June Lake Pine Cottage

This trip involved the three B’s Bikes, Beans, Beer. The Cottage also was across from a coffee shop I like, Trout Town Joe.

Trout Town Joe Coffee Shop

Trout Town Joe Coffee Shop

So up at 8am rode across the street to grab some coffee and some fresh-baked coffee cake. “SO GOOD”. The early morning had that chill in the air. We waited for the sun to warm the air. OK it is 9:45 we better get are ride in the Beer Fest starts at 11am.

Departing the Cottage

Departing the Cottage

The roll out we had to stop by the brewery for the official start.

June Lake Brewery

June Lake Brewery

On a normal day I would stop by drink a pint then go ride. OK we headed out to the Gull Lake trailhead.

The Gull Lake Trail

The Gull Lake Trail

The colors where kicking in reflecting on the glassy lake like a mirror.

Flow thru The Aspen Trees

Flow thru The Aspen Trees

The ride was about a 5.5 miles perfect for enjoying the environment the ride and not being to tired for a day of beer drinking and great sunshine. June Lake is such a beautiful place.

A sierra Fatty and DrunkCyclist

A Sierra Fatty and DrunkCyclist

We where having a great time riding the fat bikes winding thru the Aspen Trees.

KC riding Fat Fran

KC riding Fat Fran

The ride kinda rolled up in down with a short about 150 feet of climbing. We then dropped back down to the back of Gull Lake.

Dropping in with June Lake Ski resort in the distance.

Dropping in with June Lake Ski resort in the distance.

Riding down to the back side of Gull Lake

Riding down to the back side of Gull Lake

We came to a double track then started to climb another 200ish ft climb.

Another Fall colored Aspen Grove

Another Fall colored Aspen Grove

After about an hour of riding and stopping to look around and photo ops it was time to get to the Festival and taste some great Beers.

June Lake Brew Fest Venue

June Lake Brew Fest Venue

There where 11 Brewers all offering some liquid goodness.

The Fest Venue

The Fest Venue

The brew fest was fun drinking beer with friends. The venue was in a park with a back drop of Gull Lake and towering Sierra Peaks.

Beer Fest Backdrop

Beer Fest Backdrop

The Beer tasting and competition was inside the tennis court there was some great food trucks and tents set up. The music was setup on the grassy park where people where dancing. Even the kids had fun things to do like face painting and games.

Dance Party USA

Dance Party USA

Cheers Beer Drinking with friends off course we had to ask what are you trying and yes it was yummy.

Cheers Beer Drinking with friends

Cheers Beer Drinking with friends

The Stein Competition was fun to watch. People veins popped out of their neck and turn beet red there was a mens and woman’s event.

The Stein Competition

The Stein Competition

There was no short of Shenanigans Dudes in Cheetah Speedos and a Guy up side down. A lot of happy spirits

Cheeta Speedos

Cheetah Speedos

I believe I can Fly

I believe I can Fly

There was a great selection of beers so good and tasty. The weather was Indian summer like. I am already looking forward to next year. Beer and Bikes

Map of the Gull Lake Bike Ride

Map of the Gull Lake Bike Ride

http://www.strava.com/activities/206681670

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Fat Bike Mammoth Meeting Notes: 9.11.14


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9.11.14 – Z Ranch, 6:00pm

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— Here’s what we discussed:

  • Thank you to the 12 people that made it to the meeting, and many others that emailed they couldn’t make it but wished they could.  We focused solely on the Final Wilderness Inventory maps that were created by the USFS as part of the ongoing Forest Plan Revision process.  There are many areas that might be proposed for Wilderness designation that could very negatively affect our mountain biking opportunities in the Inyo National Forest.
  • We printed out large maps from the Forest Service website and studied the areas that are being included in the proposed Wilderness Inventory.
    • We came up with a list of areas of proposed Wilderness that severely affect current mountain biking opportunities, as well as areas that could be developed for mountain biking in the future and should be protected from Wilderness designation to keep those opportunities alive.
    • We…

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7500 Redux Results


7500 Redux Results.

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It was suppose to be about the Salsa Bucksaw Demo but it became about the Tahoe XC ride.


I was so so excited to Demo the Salsa Bucksaw a full suspension fatbike. There is just something about riding a fatbike. So when I heard there was a Salsa demo day on brag book as a friend calls it haha kinda true maybe lol at Tahoe XC center I was super excited because I love my fatbike with my 11nine front suspension This guy had to try it.

So I made the drive to Tahoe City, CA (in Lake Tahoe Basin) from Mammoth Lakes, CA it was raining and I was like GEE I hope this demo day does not get cancelled due to the rain.

Driving up, all i could think about was the bike. I was not thinking it was going to be that great a place to ride it a cross country ski place in the winter. So after 3 and half hours driving.

Tunnel Cafe

Tunnel Creek Cafe

I wanted to stop for coffee it was coffee weather right. So I stopped at the Tunnel Creek Cafe then I saw they had a shuttle for Tahoes famed Flume Trail. so I thought I would just make an overnighter out of this trip and made a reservation for the shuttle for the next day. Ok with coffee in hand it was 12:30pm the demo starts at 1pm I was about 20 minutes away.

so after the scenic drive of the shoreline of Lake Tahoe I pulled up to Tahoe XC center.

Tahoe XC Center

Tahoe XC Center

Yes I could see the Demo Set Up.

Tahoe XC Center

Tahoe XC Center

OMG look at all the Salsa Bucksaws and Fattys and Carbon Horsethief’s.

The Fatty Corral

The Fatty Corral

I picked the bike I wanted to demo. The Tech dialed the bike to my fittings gave the guy my ID to remind myself it wasn’t my bike haha.

Happy Guy

Happy Guy

After a few pedal strokes I was amazed with how it peddled and thought it was pretty light for what it was.

Tahoe XC start of Trail system

Tahoe XC start of Trail system

The weather was raining pretty good it was so beautiful.

Catching some Carbon Fat demoed riders

Catching some Carbon Fat demoed riders

I started to catch some other riders demoing the Carbon Salsa Beargrease.

Happy Salsa Bucksaw rider

Happy Salsa Bucksaw rider

I wanted to see what this bike could really do I went looking for for some techy singletrack and the Tahoe XC delivered.

Steep Techie Climb no dabs

Steep Techie Climb no dabs

I really started to enjoy this bike. I started to forget that I was demoing the bike and began exploring the trails around here. I thought the terrain was great, beautiful a mix of doubletrack, singletrack and gravel roads here at Tahoe XC Center. The trails here would be great for all levels of mountain biking.

I was able to bash thru rocky terrain without picking a clean line. I was able to climb techie steep terrain without dabbing. probably not your fastest bike but it does allow you to go almost anywhere and enjoy the sport of mountain biking and surrounding views with a fatty smile on your face.

Epic Singletrack Jurassic Park Style

Epic Singletrack Jurassic Park Style

After climbing up I came to a great view of the lake Fogged in.

Tahoe Overlook

Tahoe Overlook

If this was my bike a bagged lunch and maybe a beer would be great with this picnic table.

Burton Creek

Burton Creek

I was so into exploring this area I got a bit lost I came out to Burton Creek State Park. I was told to try and keep it under an hour for demo. I was at an hour. They give you a map but it got soggy.

I was using strava on my phone so I checked out the mapping to see how to get back.

Strava Mapping Feature

Strava Mapping Feature

I got back to the Demo told the guy I was having a blast got a little lost. He said no problem want to try another bike. I said SURREE and smile and tried the Carbon Horsethief.

Carbon Salsa HorseThief

Carbon Salsa HorseThief

Oh this bike is fun also fast. I did a smaller loop of my lost trails went and did the techie parts I did on the Salsa Bucksaw it was faster but not as stable as the Bucksaw.

Great Singletrack

Great Singletrack

I really had a great time with both of these bikes would love them in the stable. and the Trails here I had no idea of riding at the Tahoe XC center.

Ride Map

Ride Map

Elevation Scale

Elevation Scale

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The Dunderberg Meadow Loop


I wanted to checkout riding in this area driving back and forth on the 395 I always thought there wold be some amazing views here. So I finally  went home and google and google earth this area. I found out there was a Dunderberg Ghost Town in this area. I posted on Fatbikemammoth.com google group if anybody had ridden in this area. I got a response from Mark Davis co writer

Mountain Biking the Eastern Sierra’s Best 100 Trails to ride.

This was the source of the Dogtown placers, and was actively mined during Bodie’s heyday of 1880s.  Dr. Munckton of Carson City was the primary investor.  There is a potential loop of the Virginia Lakes Road, Hwy 395, Green Creek Road, Dunderburg road, and a high traverse back to Virginia lakes road.  A powerline road, steep but short, cuts that loop in half. There are also some minor roads and old ditches to ride in Sinnamon Meadow, near Dunderburg.  The mill site is the main remnant of this small mining company town. There was only one mine here and one company.  The ditch across the meadow was dug in 1861 and brought water from Green Creek to the Monoville mines.  With some brushing that could become some spectacular singletrack.

Mark Davis

So I checked out a route. Then the next day I headed up Virginia Lakes Cafe and started with Breakfast. If there is a cool café near a ride I want to try it. They did have beer on draft but I had to be at work later probably wouldn’t have been a good idea.

Virginia Lakes Cafe

Virginia Lakes Cafe

Then I had a quick look at the Lakes

Virginia Lake

Virginia Lake

I drove up to the trailhead.

Trailhead

Trailhead

I found a nice pullout parking area unloaded my bike dressed up and starting riding.

Parking area

Parking area

I liked the start of the trail a nice gravel road with lots of trees.

A look at the Virginia Lakes Basin

A look at the Virginia Lakes Basin

After about a half mile of riding I looked back and could see amazing views of The Virginia Lakes Basin 9000 plus ft.

Bodie Hills across HWY 395 in the back ground

Bodie Hills across HWY 395 in the back ground

With a kinda rolling trail you can see the Bodie Hills (a Ghost Town) Potato Peak which I need to ride across from Hwy 395 in the distance.

The Y road.

The Y road.

After about 2 miles you come to a Y to the left is a double track to the right is a gravel road that begins to drop quickly. I took the gravel road and end up riding the double track which I was glad I did so I could enjoy the views.

Gravel Road Dropping into an Aspen Grove

Gravel Road Dropping into an Aspen Grove

Heading down the Gravel Rd Named Dunderberg Meadows I began to travel thru Large Aspen Groves which or some of my favorite trees

Dunderberg Meadow

Dunderberg Meadow

After about 5 miles I could see Dunderberg Meadows somewhere around here was supposed to be Dunderberg Mill.

The start of the amazing double track.

The start of the amazing double track.

I made a left onto the Doubletrack trail Named 32176rd which is the start of the loop back to the car and lakes.

The Double track also starts to get steep but this is where I really started to enjoy the views.

Back Side of Dunderberg Meadow

Back Side of Dunderberg Meadow

Here I saw more and up close of Dunderberg Meadow there where some cattle grazing.

A tunnel of Aspens

A tunnel of Aspens

This area of the trail was sweet a Tunnel of Aspen Trees, Kinda interesting mid summer and the leaves where starting turn hum a sign of early fall and winter. I better get my wish list rides in before the snow flies.

A water crossing fill that water bottle up

A water crossing fill that water bottle up

I did forget to fill my water bottle I was happy to see this water crossing the trail really began to climb.

Another amazing high country meadow

Another amazing high country meadow

I climbed up to this meadow the double track here was great surrounded by more Aspens this has to be an amazing ride when the leaves turn golden. It flatten out enough for me to catch my breath.

Looking back to the valley

Looking back to the valley

I never did find the town or the old mill.

Looking back to the valley and towards Bridgeport, CA

Looking up at Dunderberg Peak

Looking up at Dunderberg Peak

riding up and starring  at the climb loving my 42t cog I could see Dunderberg Peak at Elevation: 12374 ft / 3772 m

A rustic Cabin in the woods

A rustic Cabin in the woods

Near the top of the ride I was curious about the cabin in history but there was a No trespassing sign so I stayed out.

Another Option

Another Option

If I wanted to add some more miles an Elevation I could have checked this out but I was running out of time and had to be back at work and was getting hungry.

Back to the Y

Back to the Y

about 7 or 8 miles I was back to the Y  I saw more of Bodie Hills and some of Mono Lake.  I proceeded  to head back to the car.

The Handle Bar POV shot back to the cars

The Handle Bar POV shot back to the car

Almost back at the car I had to take the The Handle Bar POV shot back to the car Virginia Lakes Basin How to be a Mountain Biker shot.

Although there was no epic Singletrack this ride did have great doubletrack loaded views and a water crossing. A 9mile loop and 1300 feet plus elevation.

http://www.strava.com/activities/177431214

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The First Attempt for The White Mountain Peak


I decided Last minute to try and go after work, camp then try to summit by bike.
I got off work at 11:30pm and drove to the local store to grab some items.
then I made the drive to the Grandview Campground about 2am I made it.

White Mountain Peak from Mammoth Lakes, CA

White Mountain Peak from Mammoth Lakes, CA

Bloody Hell the campground was full turned out popular night for stargazing. So I drove around and found a pullout setup camp. I was passed out by guessing 2:30am. I wanted to be up by 7ish. That did not happen woke up around 8:40. broke camp.

White Mountain Peak from Mammoth Lakes, CA

Schulman Grove Visitor Center Dirt Road Start

I started my drive I thought I was close to the start. I still had about 6 miles to go of Pavement.
Then I had a 16 mile dirt road to the locked gate.

Start of Dirt Road

Start of Dirt Road

Here is also the oldest trees on earth the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Driving thru the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Driving thru the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Driving along the Ridge you have views of the Palisades Glacier.

Palisades Glacier

Palisades Glacier

The Drive ahead

The Gravel Road ahead

The Gravel Road ahead

Driving along you drive thru another Bristlecone Forest The Patriarch Grove

Patriarch Grove

Patriarch Grove

Patriarch Grove

Patriarch Grove

There was some kinda of feature here.

A Weather Shelter

A Weather Shelter

Once driving 45 minutes on this dirt road I reached the locked gate.

The Locked Gate

The Locked Gate

Nature was calling lucky for me there was some TP but suggesting you bring your own TP just in case Nature calls.

Outhouse Knowledge

Outhouse Knowledge

It was time to try and make this ride. but first let me take a selfie.

 

Seflie at the Locked Gate

Seflie at the Locked Gate

After riding Two Miles of nice steep gravel road I reached the Barcroft Facility. Had a chat with some people that maintained the place. I was behind more time. I was silly thinking I could make the top then be back to work by 3pm. but I wanted to try.

Barcroft Facility.

Barcroft Facility.

After the Barcroft Facility the trail turned to a rocky double track.

Double Track at 12000+ft.

Double Track at 12000+ft.

Riding along there where many Marmots.

There where a few other people out on the trail. passing hikers I slowed down and greeted them and kept riding. I could not get over the fact I was mountain biking at this elevation. I had to stop and enjoy the view.

Panorama of the Grand Sierra and Owens Valley

Panorama of the Grand Sierra and Owens Valley

I was getting closer but running out of time to make it.

The Top was getting closer

The Top was getting closer

And Closer

And Closer

I got to the start of the Switchbacks but I knew I was not going to make it. I knew I had to turn around. I was bummed I couldn’t make it but it was a great scout mission.

Heading back to the car.

Heading back to the car.

http://windinmyface.com/index_topics.html#WhiteMountainPeakChallenge

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White Mountain Peak is an extinct volcano and the third highest peak in California at 14,252


I gotta take my fatty on this ride. I think the fatty would rock crawl this trail. Not to often you get to ride above 14,000ft in California.
White Mountain Peak is an extinct volcano and the third highest peak in California at 14,252 ft (4,344 m). A closeby Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevada, is at 14,505 ft (4,421 m), only about 250 ft higher. The ancient Bristlecone Pine forest (~4,700 yr old) is also on the White Mountains. We climb on the White Mountain Peak trail from the parking at 11,000 ft to the summit for a breathtaking view of the Sierra Nevada mountains across Owens Valley with snow-covered peaks under the blue sky and wide open view of the desert of Death Valley. From the summit we ride downhill with patches of remaining snow on the trail. Pass the Barcroft Research facility at 12,000 ft and arrive at the gate and parking above 11,000 ft on White Mountain Road. Arguably the highest mountain biking trail in the U.S. I
Directions to the trailhead
Here is a vid from someone I had to add it.

http://www.strava.com/segments/1467236

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I need to check out riding in Carson City just found this great resource.


I need to check out riding in Carson City just found this great resource.

http://bikecarson.com/trails-and-rides/

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A Mammoth Lakes, CA to Calgary, Canada Bike trip


Back in 2010 I did a bike packing trip starting in Mammoth Lakes and rode to Calgary I filmed the trip and I finally cut 8 hours of video to 1 hour of an somewhat edited story. The trip started with snow showers thru California and Nevada. It rained thru Utah, Wyoming and Montana once in to Canada sunny and 80 degree weather. hope you enjoy.

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