Dustin Bell and I split town for a weekend of riding above Kennedy Meadows in the southeastern Sierras. We set up camp at Troy Meadows which is the best jump-off for numerous trails. This area was new ground for both of us and when we saw a trail sign, we just naturally rode that trail. We put down many miles on several main trails: Rattlesnake, Beach Ridge, Bonita, and Little Horse to name a few. Rattlesnake trail is rated black-diamond for difficulty and it lived up to the billing. Challenges included: numerous creek crossings, deadfall trees to be overcome, sustained 40-45 degrees hill climbs, and crazy hideous rock obstacles. Even the "mellow parts" had loose whoops, kitty litter gravel, knife edged baby-head to barbi-head sized rocks, cliff side hairpins, leaning trees and "Don't f**k this up!"s. Delicious stuff. But seriously, I was riding the best I've ever riden, and it was barely good enough. Dustin and I returned to camp completely flogged on both days, each of us having put his bike down about the same number of times. Eating Advil for an appetizer means you had a good day.
One thing that surprised me was the volume of trails exclusively for motorcycles, that and the fact that we just didn't see any of the other types of riders that you get with the OHV areas. Just motorcyclists and hunters up there, at least at this time of year. I'm good with that. Can't wait for spring so we can revisit this stuff when it is green.
Check out this cool video of Dustin on a nice piece of trail.
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