Sunday, October 19, 2014

Last Day of Wilderness 50th, New Golden Open Space Trail

Dave Foreman gave the keynote sermon (I mean, speech) at the Wilderness 50th celebration this morning. I hope it is posted soon in its entirety on YouTube. It was an electrifying call to arms in the defense of wilderness. Chickadee!! (You had to be there; luckily nearly 1000 attendees were there).
Foreman, the un-rehabilitated eco-warrior

We followed the morning conference wrap-up with a trip to Golden. The new trail extension was completed last week! It adds several miles of spectacular redrock singletrack to the Open Space.
New trail from the arroyo leads to this singletrack

Redrock country near Albuquerque

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Longview East

At the end of Longview road, a trail winds towards the east immediately at the trail head. It is a relatively fast ride, without many technical barriers, and eventually deposits riders into a canyon that ascends to the south. A good place to explore.
South Mountain after sunset

50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act Conference in Albuquerque

This conference has been joyful and inspiring. Photos will be posted over the weekend, starting with a picture of myself and one of the main organizers, Tisha Broska, Associate Director of New Mexico Wilderness Alliance.
Tisha and James Broska and Joe Alcock
Angel Pena (with torso) setting up New Mexico Wilderness Alliance's table
NMWA Executive Director Mark Allison introducing the film Wrenched about Ed Abbey and the environmental movement.
Mark Allison at Wrenched screening at the Kimo
Dave Foreman, the bottle of Mezcal, and Abbey's chair
Eco warrior Dave Foreman was a featured speaker, here holding aloft a bottle of Sonoran Mezcal given to him by Charles Bowden (RIP) at Edward Abbey's memorial service. The empty wooden chair was the one Abbey used when he wrote the Monkey Wrench Gang. Also pictured are M.L Lincoln (far right), Terry Tempest Williams (far left), Jack Loeffler, and Kim Crumbo.

Delberts Trail

Back in New Mex: Delberts is a long trail linking Chamiso & Coyote Trails to Powerline Trail. Most remarkable, compared to Oregon and Washington, is that we saw again a grand total of zero other trail users this afternoon!
Gotta love New Mexico riding

Mount St Helens - Lewis River Trail

Lewis River trail in Washington State is absolutely spectacular. It winds through dripping old growth forest in a wildly scenic part of the USA.

Edge of Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument

Old growth - amazing

Hood River Post Canyon Trail, Surveyor Ridge, Dog Canyon

We, UCLA medical schoolmates and friends, had our 18th annual mountain bike rendezvous in Hood River Oregon this year. This trip is a CME course, with emergency medicine LLSA review and wilderness medicine update.

The local trail system in Hood River is Post Canyon:
Beautiful, if marred by the occasional clear cut:
Mount Adams in the background
Surveyor Ridge has spectacular views of Mount Hood. Mount Hood Wilderness is in the background.
Dog Canyon had amazing fall color and was an incredible riverine descent.
Dog Canyon in October
Surveyor Ridge Trail head

Torres Trail

Torres Trail in Tijeras is a 57 acre site that has some red rock features. This area is slated for future development. It is a shame, because this could instead be a take off point for wild land exploration. Luckily other trails are nearby.
Mostly doubletrack in this small area

Monday, October 06, 2014

Sandia Peak Tram

Sandia Peak Tram
I rode from the Tramway Road to the Sandia Peak Tram and onto trail 365 towards Elena Gallegos Open Space.
The ride to trail 230 and back was nearly 6 miles, including a few sections of new (for me) singletrack that links the Tram Trailhead to Tramway Blvd. To stay legal, avoid the adjacent Sandia Pueblo land.
Tram Docking - like a scene out of Star Wars
Leads to trail 365 which extends nearly the length of the foothills

Vinegaroon on the prowl

Tram coming in for landing

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Nature Pointe to Campo Rd

Nature Pointe to Campo Rd.
I do not recommend riding from the Nature Pointe Trailhead. The trail from the neighborhood is faint, overgrown and indistinct until it meets with an unnamed trail that roughly parallels the Lower Pine Trail which can be seen on the other side of the canyon. I recommend starting at Campo and continuing south towards the Lower Pine/Pinyon Trail.
View to the west

Cibola Nat Forest from Nature Pointe

Campo is near the Lower Pine Trailhead
Cryptic Campo "Trailhead" is completely unmarked

Ride from Nature Pointe
Overview of area - this trail's not on the map
If I'd gone south, I bet the trail intersects with Lower Pine here (blue and brown trails above)

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Tecolote, Oso Corredor, and Elena Gallegos

Tecolote Trail

Tecolote is (mostly) awesome. The views are exceptional, especially this time of year. Click on the link above for the mountainbike-legal trails in the Sandias, including Tecolote. The Aspens are changing this time of year, as seen from Tecolote. Only deficit is that it is a short ride. It is still worth it.

Tecolote Trailhead starts at Dry Camp. Free Parking

Autumn in the Sandias (did you know they don't say "fall" in Auckland and Sydney?)

Perfect fall day

An old mine along the trail

Twin peaks of Manzano Mountains to the South

Sangre de Cristos on horizon

View towards the Ski area

Oso Corredor
Accessed from Tree Spring Trail

Running Bear Trail

Oso Corredor has some very nice sections of singletrack, linking the Bill Spring/Faulty Trail and Tree Spring. It suffers from a slight problem of limestone outcrop-itis. Riding down is easier than going up...

Elena Gallegos Open Space
Night Ride
This area is accessible from Tramway at Sims Park Road. I parked on Tramway (free) and rode smooth singletrack (new to me) along Sims Park Rd a mile from Tramway up to forest trail 365. This trail might not be so exciting during the day, but for a night ride under moonlight, the frisson of danger heightens the senses. It would possible to access this area from Spain road, taking dirt singletrack parallel to the asphalt bike path, to Sims Park Rd. For that matter you could ride from Bear Canyon Arroyo or Embudito Trailhead to the Sims Park Road singletrack, making a large loop possible.
Sign at Forest trail 365

Elena Gallegos
Next morning: 1st day of Balloon Festival -Satkirin photographing the festivities