April 25, Vernal, Utah - LaPoint "Corkscrew" & "McCoy Flats"

This will probably be our last day of riding, as a big weather system is moving east.  Drove to the Lapoint trail head about 12 miles west of town on Hwy 21 between mile markers 28 & 29 to ride the Corkscrew trail.  The cows had been here recently, and the first mile was definitely bumpy.  Heading up valley the  the cows have made multiple paths and braids.  We were slightly confused to what braid was the actual trail.  Near the top, route was slightly confusing.  We had done this ride the last time we were in Vernal and had an idea of where to go, but could be confusing for a first time ride.  The downhill was pretty good off the top, but lacked flow and not enough people are riding this loop to pack the trail down.   10.75 miles. Overall, did not care for the ride.  Maybe we are getting spoiled?

Francine on Corkscrew
We needed more trail to take away the bad taste corkscrew left in our month. After hitting happy hour at Taco Bell to refuel, we headed  to McCoy Flats trail head.  This is the trail system that Troy from Vernal's Altitude Cycle promotes and helped develop.   In contrast to corkscrew, which has no trail signage, the BLM has put in a fenced parking lot with covered picnic area and a pit toilet.  The trails are all extremely well signed and there is little chance of getting lost.  There are several loops emanating from the parking lot, so you can easily do anywhere from five to sixty miles.  We rode out Got Milk to Retail Sale to Slippery When Wet.  Then took Corral Trail to the car.   8.25 miles.  This system is real fun, smooth, and swoopy.  Definitely has a technical side as well, and the trail can be fairly rocky/pebbly.  Favorite ride at Vernal is definitely the Red Fleet trail system with it's butter smooth red dirt.  Overall, we were stoked we did another ride and got to end our trip on a high note.  Total miles for the day 19.

Francine on Retail Sale

Kevin near the end of Slippery When Wet
Tomorrow, we will probably drive home in one day.  14 hour drive to wet Snoqualmie Pass.  Another awesome bike trip.

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