2016 Caldera 250/500 GD Recap

The 2016 Grand Depart went down on Sept 24, with an official start time of 7:02am.  A combined 17 brave souls set out for glory.  This year marks the first running of the Northern 250 loop (which i…

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Friggin Loop: 2016 Registration

Registration for the 2016 Big Friggin Loop is now open – just fill out the form below. Yes, this event is still grassroots and still free and still all about the experience and bragging right…

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Caldera 250/500 – Registration

Registration is now open for the 2016 Grand Depart of the Caldera 250/500 on September 24th @ 7am.  Contact us if you are having problems with the form above. By registering, you’re acknowledging t…

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Trails and Maps

I just got back from riding a sample of this trail actually went up to Kirkwood to cross country ski. I brought my bike just in case I had time to ride about an Hour and a half before the sun dipped down. I enjoyed it so much I grabbed a cheap hotel and to take advantage of an all you can eat Sushi Bar. Had a nice sleep and got up early in my world to bike another hour of another section of trail enjoyed a nice breakfast  in the historic part of Carson City across from the Capitol building. Then I Headed almost 3 Hours to home to get to work but I need to make more time to finish this trail network. I will also be doing the Carson Epic a 50 mile mtb race first weekend of June.

ASH CANYON Ash Canyon provides the best riding in Carson City. Smooth, fast singletrack, and spectacular views of the valley below. Although there is a lot of climbing on most of the trails, the tr…

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Titus Canyon after a 20 year dream

I have wanted to Mountain Bike Titus Canyon for 20 years now and for some reason I have not been able to get out there. It’s not like its that far 5 hours ish from where I have lived. Also the last time I visited the Death Valley National Park I did not own a high clearance vehicle so I was not able to see Titus Canyon. From Photos I have seen the canyon looked amazing. If cars could drive thru it  had to be even better on a bike with no obstructive views and you could feel the canyon. Deep I know right well F-bomb yeah. With the hype of the wildflowers blowing up. The time was calling and I must go I am not getting any younger – a John Muir (Hunter remix). I packed everything I thought I would need for the trip. Loaded the GPX file I created on hill map on my GPS etrek 20 and was off after I finished racing my first 8k cross-country skate race. Which was tiring hehe. I stayed the night in Beatty, NV which I learned about after my last trip to mountain bike the local Trails Oasis  (read about last trip). I got to Beatty, NV. Set-up camp at Baily’s Hot Springs because the hot springs feel great.

After I was set up I went to check out some local flavor that I did not tried  last trip. For dinner it the Happy Burro and Chili and Beer.


Happy Burro Beer and Chili

chili burro

Tired enjoying Beer and Chili

The Happy Burro was a small, charming,

friendly place. After enjoying the local flair and was time for me to head back to my tent enjoy my growler that I picked up from Mountain Rambler Brewery.


Camp Beer yummy.

Now that I had a great sleep. I was off to Mel’s Dinner for for a hearty breakfast I knew it would be a big day for me. The GPS I created told me it would be 58 miles and 6700 Ft of climbing. Real world 60.8 6800ft of climbing. I knew I did not want to finish on a big climb so I drove into the park 13 miles to a parking area, picnic table and bathroom which all came in handy. Sat on the table to enjoy the desert view and made two sandwiches.


Now that I was loaded with Water (3 l), 2 sandwiches and bike tools a tube and patches I felt good for the journey. I immediately started to climb no warm up.

I hit the road and right away I noticed the desert bloom. I had 13 miles of road before I would reach dirt and the start of Titus Canyon.

I had reached the first summit.


Daylight Pass 4317ft

And now I got a break with a downhill. I had to stop and take a photo with the Death Valley sign right? Yep


Looking back at my downhill.

I continued downhill for a few miles until I made a left on to Titus Canyon Road.

I was greeted by about 10 burros but these two where the close ones.




After seeing the high clearance vehicle sign I was not sure what I was going to experience but was looking forward to it.

The climb was a nice steady climb the topography really started getting interesting. I was starting to wonder where the canyon was where I saw so many photos. The road started to narrow so when I saw 4wd drives coming up I would yield drink some water and take in the views.


I reached my first dirt peak and had a steep fun downhill a few cars I caught and they returned the favor by letting me pass them. In the distance you could see another semi steep climb in the distance which also was the peak of the dirt section of my ride.


The layers of rock probably gives a geologist an orgasm. This canyon my eyes sure where.


I stopped at this view to enjoy a sandwich let a car pass and soak in some of my accomplishments. I should have felt tired at this point the excitement though was energizing.


I had finished the peak of the dirt section and also the high point of my ride.

I had reached the peak of my ride a neat pretty maintained red service road. People where telling me I was awesome and I was seeing the canyon better then them in there cars. So I was was feeling pretty awesome he-he. Looking down there was a ghost town down below. I was also wondering where are these narrows.


I had reached the Ghost town of Leadfield had a quick look around.


I wasn’t sure how much time of daylight I would have so I kept it quick and some more friendly chats.

Just past the ghost town I started to hit the narrows.


A little into the narrows I came up to some Petroglyhps which was bonus I had know idea these where here.



after admiring the stories told on rock and amazed they have survived time I rode one.

Still feeling awesome riding thru the canyon I ride up on this guy. A runner from Japan with a pack cart. I was curious about his story but did not want to stop his rhythm. Gosh darn it I wasn’t awesome this guy was. I was quickly ADD though because I really saw the amazement of the canyon.


This place was wild its like the gods where talking to me. I could see the shadow of a hand pointed up and talk about timing a hawk was soaring above me. Did I mention area 51 was nearby.


I really liked this photo with the golden light.


I felt like touching the rock to see if I could absorb some energy.

I was feeling energized from the beauty of the canyon.


Did I mention the rock work in this canyon? The Mosaic of rocks was kinda the grand finally of the canyon.



Taking a look back with amazement of what I just went thru. I peaked out at 5177ft and now I am dropping down 38 feet below sea level.


Dropping to the Valley floor.



I had reached the valley floor with a celebration of wild flowers and dunes.

I was excited I was thinking I just had 7 miles to go of rolling flats to my car.


Little did I know when I got to the junction. I still had about 8 miles of ups and 2200ft of climbing.


A look back of some climbing

I was starting to feel the ride mentally the energizing of the canyon was wearing off.

I was finished with the ride but I still had a few miles to go.

I looked over and saw this heart rock surrounded by flowers probably the only person to see this and maybe the only who will.



More up up finally



I had some beer left, enjoyed some sips un kitted into some casual cloths.

I looked for some food that I did not try in Beatty, NV gave Sourdough Saloon a go yummy pizza and some light beer to get hydrated.

went back to the hot springs for a camp tried a new place for breakfast. Gema Wagon Wheel Cafe

I had time for a quick one hour ride at Trail Oasis so ha to do it.


THE END hope you ride it and enjoy RIDE ON!


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2015 Badger Race aka San Jacinto Enduro: Idyllwild, CA

This was a great time seeing old and new friends and the trails where great. I thank the Hub Family. Thanks Alan J for this write up.

Dirty Teeth – Alan's Mountain Biking Adventures

I love Idyllwild.  No need to pull my arm to make a trip out there and see Brendan and Mary at The Hub Cyclery and ride bikes with friends.  Plus, I never felt satisfied with the amount of Idyllwild trails I rode on the Stagecoach 400 – since it merely takes you in and out of Idyllwild as the beginning and end of a super duper lollipop. So when the Badger Race (re-named from the San Jacinto Enduro) lined up with my fickle schedule, it was on like Donkey Kong!  The perfect excuse to conquer 57 miles and 7,200′ of climbing on the best trails in the area!!  So Hunter and I jumped in the trusty Tacoma, and after a stop to fill growlers at Mountain Rambler Brewery, made our way to paradise.

The venue for the movie screening did not suck. The venue for the movie screening did not suck.

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You Gotta Ride (mountain bike) Trail Oasis (Spicer Ranch) Beatty, NV

I have driven thru Beatty, NV back and forth a few times from Mammoth to Las Vegas or Goose Berry Mesa, Southern Utah and Beatty has always been a Gas stop at the Candy Nut place. I have looked at the terrain and always thought hum this would be a cool place to ride. One day looking at facebook I saw that SNMBA had shared Trails Oasis out of Beatty, NV. I was like Hot Dog gotta check it out. Time has past and finally was going to go ride this place I invited John to come out also so he was like sure. I checked out the Trails OV website and the MTBproject site  and typed Beatty, NV.

I original saw 8 miles of singletrack and thought cool I can just make this a quick day trip but knew I wanted to check out Baily’s Hot Springs as well. I left the option of camping out. Turns out Trails Oasis has a camping area.

So we hoped in the car put it on cruize control made the Three Hour trip from Mammoth Lakes, CA to Beatty, NV. I was trying to remember the turn off Boiling Point RD.

Saw the Great Land Mark a Yellow Bike (art work) mounted on the gate and a sign.


Standing by the Land Mark.

I followed the parking signs to a Kiosk


Kiosk with Guest Book and a Donation Box

I wasn’t really sure what to expect but I thought it was awesome someone was sharing his ranch and trails to the world.


Making my entry and a donation.

John and I got kitted up and was excited what Beatty, NV had to share to the world.

We started to ride up and was quickly greeted by Dave Spicer himself.


Dave and John chatted it up excited to share his passion.

Dave said you boys go check out the Dynamite Trail and I will meet you back and he would give us the tour.


The start of the Storm Trail

As soon as you hit the first Cattle Guard sign marker you could see you where in for a treat.


Getting are start on the Storm Trail

We started on the Storm trail heading to the Dynamite Trail.


Crossing thru the horse pasture

It was great riding thru a pasture full of horses


The other side of the pasture great Red Hill in the back drop.

On the other side of the pasture was the dynamite Junction and it was up and away a Black Diamond Trail


From the Dynamite Trail great views


Some Cliff side exposure to add some excitement.

As you start riding you just cant keep a smile off your face lots of flow very sustained trails.


A vast view point


Spicer Ranch Over Look

After the Spicer Ranch Overlook we descended a techie cliff side descent to junction to the SouthPond Trail. There where ponds scattered around the ranch.


Cattleguard crossing Southpond Junction.


Southpond Trail


Southpond Overlook


Dave Spicer meeting up with us to show us the back trails


To the Plutonium Trail

We starting riding up the Plutonium Trail to the ridge line there was a slight grade but you were climbing.


We used the old Silica Mine of the early 1900s as a landmark

Dave told us when we are out riding to take a look around to see landmarks to have a look around like the old Silica mine of the early 1900s.


A look back at the glories singletrack of what we have ridden and more to come.


Smiles of singletrack


Had to take a Classic U2 photo


Brad Screamer Junction and Plutonium Ridge Junction

At the Brad Screamer Junction we could see and hear some of the wild Burro but they where to far for me to get a good photo.


It started getting dark it was time to race the amazing sunset


Beautiful Pinks sunset reflecting off on of the many Ponds

We hand got back to the car just with a sunset of light. Dave invited us back the next day to go ride more trails. We were tired and hungry after amazing fun filled flow trails day. It was time to go find are campground and soak in some hot springs also to find some eats.


Baily’s Hot Springs and Camp


Camp site on a grassy area Private hot spring in the background

We went and setup the tent now we just had to pick up the keys there weere three to pick from but one had a Mammoth Brewery sticker on it so we choose that one.


Mammoth Brewery Stickered Key


The soaking was nice after a long ride.

After the hot springs it was time to go get some chow. The suggestion tonight was Mama Sara’s for some local flavor.


Mama Sara’s

After a Carna Asada Burrito with rice and Beans and a Beer. I was ready to go back soak in the hot springs for a bit more. I was so relaxed and ready to crawl in my sleeping bag and ZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

To camp and soak the price was $16.35 cents but I just gave them the full $17. I thought it was a good price to lay my head and also to enjoy a nice Natural Mineral bath so much that when I got up and soaked some more right at 7 am when it reopens. We broke camp down and was ready for a warm breakfast the morning was pretty cold at 40 degrees. Mel’s Diner was the place for a hot breakfast.

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Classic Diner Mel’s

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With a Classic Breakfast I want some French Toast

Hot damn that was delicious. I had no idea you could get friendly service and great food. But now it was time to meet back up for some more amazing singletrack.


We left the parking lot to start the Canteen Trail


Canteen to the Junction Trail


More great Joshua Trees

We linked back up to Brads Screamer and dropped down to a wash trail where we really had fun on are fatbikes. We saw and old mine with bunks still inside and then this waterfall canyon would have been fun if I had my canyoneering gear with me we finished the trail reconnecting to the Canteen which actually had an old canteen on the side of the trail.

we rode from 9am until 1:30pm and still did not not touch all the trails but I had to get back to town. we went back to Beatty for Lunch at KC Outpost and Saloon.

The land marks.


The T-bird Special so good

You really should come play on these trails and sample some of the good eats of Beatty, NV

Another great read on Beatty, NV Mountain biking http://gilamonsteroutback.com

Looking forward to Tinker Classic race here 

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Adventure in Tonopah!

I have driven and bike toured thru Tonopah, NV but have never really checked the town out. May 21, 2010 Flashback video bike touring thru Tonopah, NV

I have also been into Mountain biking around and thru living and Non living Ghost towns. The history of how these places use to thrive have been interesting to me of late. I occasionally  like to disk golf and hit up a Brewery as well. I had also heard the Mizpah Hotel was reopened by Fred and Nancy Cline, vintners from Sonoma, Calif., Tonopah’s five-story Mizpah hotel, which had been closed for 12 years.

The hotel operators hoped the location would attract the “adventure traveler,” said Ms. Cline, 58. “It is in the middle of nowhere, and you literally feel like it is 1910.” Well there quote was right it attracted the Adventure traveler me hehe.

So I made the drive from Mammoth Lakes, CA to Tonopah, NV  about a 2 hour drive with a friend John. We pulled into the Nostalgic town of Tonopah instantly you notice old classic cars, Old historic Buildings a blast from the past. The first goal was to find the Historic Mining Town Park entrance you could see the name on the Mountain of Mt. Oddie. We found the Entrance.


John checking the signs before we enter the park


Parking at the visitor center

We parked at the visitor center to check out the exhibit pay are $5 person entrance fee. Thought it was totally worth it.


gift shop


The first exhibit John was a kid in the candy hopping in the old search and rescue Jeep.


A fantastic exhibit of rocks and minerals blown away.


A little theater.


We got are map and you could mountain bike which really allowed to check out the place 5 miles of trails.


The first exhibit was this truck that lowered people into a mine.


Checking out the Queen


Climbing up a steep trail to the top. Not recommended for beginners


Top of the mine over looking a section of town,


Top of the mine over looking the main Town of Tonopah


Riding back down to the queen on Double track.


Riding on an old car track over looking town.


A much needed break with a view 😉


Where gold, silver bars where stored. Old safe that was blown open but the robbers where denied the precious metal.


The Foundation of one of the mines.


Original Cabin of Barbara Graham

Barbara Graham


John enjoying the Glory Hole Exhibit


Original Miners Cabin 1909


John riding one of the trails to check out more Historic awesomeness.


John imaging what it was like working the Gold Ore Mill


A view of town from the Mill

I could see the Tonopah Brewery from the Mill window. I was getting hungry and wanting to taste the beer.


Old electric meter.


Riding under the Gold Ore mill would be need if gold feel from the sky into my pocket although might hurt a bit.


Mizpah Hotel from the mine.


The earth being retained by the rafters




riding in a mineshaft very cool.


over looking at least four stories of tunnels.


This was very cool the Real Knotts Berry Farm.


The original fat bikes 30x 3.8 tire size.


How Miners lived


old Bottles and stuff everything was so crafted back in the days.


Coffee and bikes was also popular back then.

The trail was ok for mountain biking not recommended for beginners except lower part but it was a great experience to see the park. I would truly recommend it if you are into checking this stuff out.

When I had heard there was a brewery that opened up it was a bonus to come enjoy Tonopah.


Tonopah Brewery

Pulling up to the Tonopah Brewery was pretty neat and after checking out the Mine park seeing the big pick clicked why the Brewery had a large pick. Entering into the brewery was very nice and clean nice feel to eat.

After looking the menu I knew the tasters was the right choice. Paired with the 1/2 brisket burger and 1/2 Burnt tips Burger with the Nuclear sauce for a little kick a side of Potato Salad. OMG and the best onions rings I have ever had I really liked the old silver dollars embedded to the bar.


the 3oz tasters


Beer Tanks


So freakin good yes I am a foodie

After a late lunch we checked out Highland Park to play a nine hole Disk Golf which we ended up doubling to make it a 18 hole. This course was fun for us because are home course is just in the woods with some ribbons around a tree. So playing with real baskets was a nice thing the park was empty. Also was a nice park.


John trying to par hole 2


The 9 hole a gimme shot hehe

Tonopah was a fun day trip. riding bikes checking out neat old stuff yummy beer and food and Disk golf. Next up Winnemucca and Beatty, NV

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You just got a Fatbike and you wanna pack a Snow trail

You just got a Fatbike and you wanna pack a Snow trail because you have know where to ride. You wanna get snowshoes.

May I suggest getting the MSR evo the price is right and they pack down the snow great and square out the trail. If you are solo snowshoeing like I do a bit myself, you will want to backtrack your trail alternating your steps to try to pack the trail evenly.

Also get some kind of sled or make one with about a 5lbs weight and drag it behind you. grab your favorite beverage and if your enjoy music grab you iMusic device.

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Caldera 250/500 – Race Diary of the 2015 Grand Depart

These finishers are amazing on a majestic route.

“Confronted with the petty concerns of my ordinary life, I feel empty, as if I am wasting a priceless gift, the brief time that is allotted to each human for creativity… Can this longing and restlessness be the price that mortals pay for daring to trespass in the houses of the Gods? Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambitions to achieve. They are cathedrals, grand and pure, the houses of my religion. I approach them as any human goes to worship. On there alters I strive to perfect myself physically and spiritually. In their presence I attempt to understand my life, to exorcise vanity, greed, and fear. From the vantage of their lofty summits, I view my past, dream of my future, and with unusual acuteness I experience the present moment. I celebrate creation, for on each journey, I am reborn.”       – Anatoli Boukreev /…

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