Oct 10, Devil's Gulch

Always a hellacious climb.   Trailhead parking lot was open, contrary to reports of road being washed out.  We parked two miles down the road at an open gate, due to reports that the trailhead was still inaccessible.  Trail was in awesome shape, other than a few side creeks had run big during the last rain event.  Quite a bit of erosion at the three stream crossings.  We rode up devil's gulch until it intersected with the mission ridge trail.  Went a couple of miles further, but whimped out and didn't go to the top, about another mile.  It was pretty chilly, the clouds were moving in, and our legs were wearing thin.  Ended up with 25.6 miles including the additional 4 miles on road.   Downhill was a treat, but you definitely pay for it with a grunt of a climb.

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