A Hunter Mountain, Raceway, Tea Kettle, Death Valley Loop in the planning​.

A Hunter Mountain, Raceway, Tea Kettle, Death Valley Loop is in the planning. Exploring the backcountry roads of Death Valley is as good as it gets on a Mountain Bike. Two years ago I did my first mountain bike ride in Death Valley and explored Titus Canyon which was and Epic IPA. Then Last year I bikepacked Eureka Dunes, Steel Pass, Saline Warm Springs and its winter again and wanting to ride some warmer weather Dirt. After an annoying day at work I poured a glass of sipping whiskey watched some adventure shorts films on Vimeo and Youtube and drew up a route on hillmap. Death Valley is an amazing desert landscape and I saw Hunter mountain and Iamahunter so I called to explore this place like a John Muir quote. recap will come with photos once I ride this!

-Hunter (asierrafatty)


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iamthehunter S1E1 alongwinter

iamthehunter S1E1 alongwinter
Its been a long winter getting a last ski day mid August in California.

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iamthehunter s1e2 summer starts kinda

On this Episode of I am the Hunter, Hunter takes his fatbike down a ski run after the ski resort closed for skiing in August at a California Ski Resort.

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iamthehunter s1e3 paddleboard horseshoe

This season of Iamthehunter Hunter meets with DJ Squid Dork and talks about the drought and historic water content and paddles on horseshoe lake to hammock and enjoy a beer.

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Friggin Loop: 2017 Registration

Source: Friggin Loop: 2017 Registration

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Caldera 250/500 – Registration

Source: Caldera 250/500 – Registration

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Carson City Off-Road Announces Enhanced Course for 2017

Source: Carson City Off-Road Announces Enhanced Course for 2017

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Death Valley Hot Springs out Day 3

Death Valley Hot Springs out Day 3

I didn’t want to leave this place and I didn’t have food to really stay one more night. I also would have had to be back to work by 5pm.

I looked at my gps to see what elevation the springs was at 1400ft and my car was at 7400 so I knew it was going to be a big day so I set my alarm for 6:30am the previous night. I had planned to get one more soak in and watch the sunset. Boom alarm rings I started to walk over to the hot spring turns out a lot of people had the same idea. The pool was full and Eric had already beat me there. So I decided to just make soup for breakfast and pack up before it got late and warm.


Eric was still soaking and stayed another night. So I was packed up and headed on the road. After a couple miles riding, a neat kinda artsy sign popped up to let people know coming in the main road you where getting close to the springs.


I had dropped another few hundred feet although enjoying the down hill I was thinking shucks this will really be a big climbing day. I was at the bottom of the valley and kinda had a flat 5 mile ride.


A guy in a black jeep  pulled up and said he saw your post on the facebook page and asked if I wanted anything. I was really craving a soda I didn’t bring any electrolytes this trip what a rookie mistake. so I randomly asked if he had any soft drinks. He said I sure do and pulled out a coke cola oh boy I was so happy.


That Coke was perfect I got a little zip. and Started to ride along.

I stopped to check to see where I had ridden. I could barely make out the palm trees.


After riding across the valley I reached the road that would take me back to my car.

There was a spring at the joint.


I was good on water I was thinking plus I didn’t have a filter with me. Riding some more I would noticed some canyons that looked neat.


Hunter Canyon

Some of them had old mine buildings next to them but I didn’t know the history of the area.

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Beverage Canyon

Riding along I came up to this green oasis with a spring flowing I still had plenty of water.

About this point of the ride probably about 15 miles in the road started to climb. I looked back again to see where I came from.


About the 3000ft plus the desert started to bloom again.





I really had no idea how many purple flowers bloomed in the desert. but back to more climbing,

I checked my GPS to get an idea what miles and elevation to look forward. I didn’t refresh the batteries before my trip so the Gps shutoff. I was glad there where some signs and a straight forward trail back to the car.


The road was getting a little steeper



I was starting to get hungry I had already ate a tuna packet but was time for another Salami wrap.


I thought I was getting close to the top so I started drinking more water.


I started to get in the tree section I could see snow and I was thinking just a couple more miles and I would make it back home to get a margarita that I had on my mind since the 4x4ers where talking about a cold refreshing drink would be fantastic.


I had some peeps offering me a ride but thinking I got this just a couple miles. Thinking I was close to the top I was getting pumped after a hard day in the saddle. Then a guy in a subaru started chatting with me then I asked about how long away from the car because he saw are cars. He looked at his odometer and said about 10 miles. I was like oh chit not sure if I had enough water and food for another 10 miles.

I got a top of the false summit where I thought my car was going to be. There was a fun long downhill that dropped about 1500ft elevation that ate up about 5 miles of that but I was thinking shucks going to have to climb another 2000 ft to the car. The weather was cooler and the sun was dropping so I wasn’t worried about water I had enough.


Around the bend in a canyon another jet flew low it was pretty impressive how it maneuvered. Since I had awhile to think. I was amazed how a machine like that could be produced from products that come from mines. One more corner I came up on the remands of a mine town.


Another couple miles and I was leaving the borders of Death Valley National park. I started to reflex on my Bikepacking trip through and area of Death Valley and was amazed what the desert and history offered and knowing there are more roads to explore for future winter trips. I had a few switch back climbs and saw my car. I was ready to rehydrate and get some chow.


The days ride took me about 3 hours longer then I expected and 5-10 miles longer. I wish I had brought some cheap flip flops some gummy snacks and electrolytes to put in my water.

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Bikepacking A Death Valley Loop and a Hot Spring. Day 2 (Steel Pass)

Day 2 of bikepacking Starting from Eureka Dunes to Saline Hot Springs over Steel Pass.

I probably woke up around 7:45ish am. The morning was chilly I was not ready to face the cool air. I remembered I was to lazy to cook my instant potato soup the night before but something warm sounded great the neighbors left camp early so Eric moved his gear and I followed to the picnic table I boiled some water and mixed up some soup it was fantastic. I did break more spork so I will be buying a titanium one for future camping trips.

We enjoyed are breakfast then leisurely packed up are gear while enjoying the views.

Then sun started to warm up as us.


I noticed this desert dune bloom took a snap and was off we started to wrap the back side of the dune on a sandy double track and was glad I had Alan at The Maven Bike shop build me up a set of Stan’s notubes  plus wheel set.

After a few miles of Sandy Double track we could see we would start to climb.


After a gradual climb the terrain changed to a harder shell surface.


I had looked back to where we came from and could still see the dunes but noticed we had climbed about a 1000ft.


Looking up trail we could see we would be kinda in a slot canyon soon.


We took a little break powered up on some snacks and water. We could here a sound of a vehicle around the corner.


They where not really moving anywhere then around one more corner they where waiting for another vehicle to  squeeze up a tech section.


We waited are turn while the truck navigated his was up. They where impressed that we have been bikepacking but joking with us I think hehe they where going to have margaritas when they get camped. The day was warm out and I was thinking dam that sounds refreshing. On my mind while riding I kept thinking when I get back to town I am going to have a Margarita.


Checking back at the kinda slot canyon. This canyon was very cool to check out.


Looking back we probably climbed another 1000ft


We where at the high point stop for a snack end up taking a power nap.


We had ridden up to about 4800ft elevation  and started to see Yucca trees. This one caught Erics Eye and had to be Photographed

As we started to drop we knew we where on to go soak in some hot springs I was getting pumped.


It was a long downhill fore arms where getting pumped so we took a break.


and then another


I really liked this Lava Ledge you could see lava fields around.


Lava rock meant to me there should be Hot Springs soon.

In the distance I could see Palms Trees like a real oasis which was good because I was getting low on water.


I was surprised how hazy the sky was getting.


I came up to the first area of palms trees saw at first glance there was a fence I didn’t see Eric he was ahead me I assumed he went ahead but I wanted to check the area out and saw the two hot springs.


I wanted to jump in but I thought I should move on and meet up with Eric.


rode another mile or two, two the second level of Hot Springs and found Eric hanging out by the Hot Spring. We rode around to find a camp spot to call home for the night.


Once camp was setup I set out to find the shower and soak.

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I noticed a lot of Bat art around the springs. Didn’t really understand until dusk bats would fly by and take sips of water from the tubs.


I didn’t really get to many pictures of the tubs because there where a lot of Naked people soaking.

After soaking Eric and I rode down to check out the seen at the lower springs. Along the way. there was rock art.





This lower hot spring compound like was amazing the crystal tub. a true Oasis in the desert the weather was about 80 degrees and the elevation was 1400ftish.


Once cooling off and relaxing we headed back to are camp and to soak more.


While heading back I saw some local wildlife heading to the shower area to clean up.


the little guy was about 2 feet long. After watching he had no interest. I two was thinking about dinner a neighbor offered us some curry soup and a beer and we gratefully excepted. I watched the moon rise.


I finished off my whiskey and dosed off….. I was awake the moon was full about 2:50 am and the valley lit up. I decided to go soak the world was quite I started to get sleepy and crawled back in my sleeping bag. I was glad I had a full zip bevy tent but was thinking next time desert camping I will bring my tent with all the critters roaming around .


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Bikepacking A Death Valley Loop and a Hot Spring. Day 1 (Eureka Dunes)

I had heard about Saline Hot Springs and heard you always needed a 4wd vehicle with high clearance to get to this place. Death Valley Loop and a Hot Spring. I figured that Bikepacking would be a good way to get there since I didn’t own a 4wd. A few bike buddies from Bishop Bikepacked this route. I new I really wanted to go. I had just happen to look at the Baja Divide Facebook page and Eric had posted he wanted to do a loop in Death Valley so I messaged him we found some dates that worked. A couple weeks later we met up at Country Kitchen in Big Pine and drove up to Waucobe Springs Rd.

Just off Big Pine Road we found a pull out parked the cars and loaded up the bikes.

Day 1 was about a 34 mile ride to Eureka Dunes. The loop started off with fast 15 mile down hill from a starting point at around 7300ft elevation.


After Miles of down hill there was a short uphill to a Talic mine.

Then there was more down hill thinking this is awesome but we will be climbing big at some point.

We took a quick break from all the downhill to admire some of the wild flowers blooming at around 3500ft. I was amazed by the purple flowers.

We where out of the mountains and was approaching the valley floor. I could see in the distance the dunes the destination spot.

After about 14 miles of paved downhill The road turns to dirt,

 After about four miles of riding the wash board dirt road.IMG_0020

I was wishing I wasn’t lazy about putting on my New Lauf Fork and Thudbuster.


There was a nice breeze that seem to drown the sound of cars buzzing by us. I could not here them approach us. A few cars slowed down a couple even slowed to chat with us and check to see if we needed water or anything.

We came up to the Eureka Dunes cutoff took a little break had a snack stop.

We saw this neat cactus and foot it to check it out. We took pictures of Cactus art making sure to be fragile with the plant life. I liked the setup of Eric’s Cactus Headshot so I reacted one for myself.

After getting a little feeling back in my crotch it was another 8-10 miles stretch of wash boards. The fighter planes from a local airbase was treating us to an airshow. I gave one plane a wave and I am pretty sure the pilot saw me and waved his plane to me as waving back.

Eureka Dunes is the largest dune in California but from a distance they did not seem so large.

Riding along the closer we got they seem to grow and I thought for sure I would see some Star Wars Characters bussing around.

I was starting to feel like I was in the middle of no where.

As we got closer to the dunes I could see vehicles and campgrounds we checked the first one that had an outhouse it was full so we rode to the next one it was full also but there was a gap between a couple campgrounds that allowed us to squeeze in. We quickly set up camp and I jumped in to some Salami and a shot of Whiskey.

Once set up I took a power nap.

After lounging around I (we got motivated) to hike explore the dunes.

For me it was a treat to take my shoes off put my feet in the sand and soak up the sunshine. Its been a record snow year in my hometown of Mammoth Lakes for Eric guessing it was just another day at the beach being from Santa Cruz, although the desert backdrop was truly dramatic and grateful that Death Valley was preserved as a National Park.

With the sun dropping and creating longer shadows the dunes where transforming into palettes of lights and shadows.

The ridge lines where incredible. Looking back at the tall walls of pinstriped rock mountains I wanted to learn Geology.


The dunes seem towering. We got to a height that we could really enjoy the views I will have to climb to the top on another trip probably car camping to reach the peak of the dunes.


Looking back at the road we came in on.

The 360 views from this mound of sand was truly incredible.

At the top Eric took a picture of me laying in the sand

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The sun was dropping and dinner was sounding good.


Even this Bettle thought it was time to eat.

Once back to camp Eric started cooking his Couscous and I a Tuna packet and Salami wrapped in Tortilla.

The sun set.


Right on cue the moon started to pop.



Are camp host took a photo of my new bike packing buddy Eric

The camp neighbors offered us a beer and Nuttela S’mores next to there campfire and with a couple shots of Whiskey an hour later I was ready for Z-land.



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