Mountain Bike! Washington
by Bennett & Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)
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Snow patches at top for approx. 1.25miles. Rest of trail in great shape.
Little Bald Mountain remains one of my favorite rides. The ride up the fire road can be grueling on a hot July day--I drank my entire Camelbak on the way up--but the views it offers at each turn are a an amazing combination of the picturesque and sublime. By the time you eat lunch at the top you will be refreshed enough for the ride.
Once at the trailhead, the first hill down looks intimidating, but get beyond this and a whole range of trail riding awaits: rock fields, meadows, forest singletrack, switchbacks and my favorite, cliff edge riding. The trail skirts along cliff edges blanketed in wild mountain flowers, and the views beyond are captivatingly beautiful.
Sometimes I have the trail a little messy with storm debris all around. Also the rock fields can be tricky. Take a long at least one spare.
The trail is often deserted and silent, except the lone eagel soaring in the azure sky-- a sight to behold on July 4th!
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