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Mountain Biking Bend
by Scott Rapp (Falcon Guides)
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This loop of Phil's Trail is one I ride often, as it is close to home and quick to get too. The ascent is gradual with a few steep but short climbs and a few knarly rock ledges. At this time of year the trail is extremely dusty and loose. Easy on the cornering as most sharp turns are deeply rutted and loose.
The climb to the "Lower Whoops" descent is through manzanita and Ponderosa, with some lodgepole, and logged off areas. The descent over the Lower Whoops is fast and technical with berm after berm that gets you much into "big air". The heavy loose dust throughout this part of the descent requires a rider to stay within his/her limits, as this part of the trial is very narrow with tight turn after tight turn. Watch out for that tree!! The climb up to the Whoops takes an hour to an hour and a half (depending on skill) and the descent usually takes me 45 minutes. The Lower Whoops descent is well worth the long climb!! Keep the rubber side down!
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