|Tom getting a little air beneath his tires on Hooligan.|
Spence Mountain is only about 10 miles north of the Running Y Resort. We rode 13 miles of fun, Mountain Bike built trails, that were constructed within the last couple of years by the bike club, Klamath Trails Alliance. They still have what looks like 20+ more miles to build in the "proposed state". We started biking around 10:30am, with temperatures at the trail head at a chilly 41 degrees at 4200 feet elevation. Kevin's normal outside low temperature parameter is that it has to be above 40 degrees for a fun mountain bike ride. Even so, we encountered snow as we perserved uphill.
|Kevin climbing in snow up South Ridge Trail|
We climbed a beautifully built trail for about 5.5 miles to the top of Spence Mountain via the Spence Mountain South Ridge trail. They wound the trail thru nice manaznita, trees, and rock outcroppings. Even though the area was logged a few years ago, they left enough standing trees and Juniper, along with the manzanita, to make the area pretty to ride thru.
|Kevin, Val and Tom at the top of Spence Mountain|
|Francine and Val navigating our only snow on the trail.|
At the top (5849 feet), the north side of the mountain had a considerable amount of snow, calling for an out and back. Once off the summit, and only 1/2 mile of trail lower, we peeked around the corner towards Upper Hooligan, but found too much snow as well. So, we continued backtracking down a couple of miles to the road crossing on South Ridge trail, and turned right onto the dirt road for a mile or so to the intersection of the Hooligan trail. We were still able to ride the bottom two thirds of Hooligan. We loved the downhill on their directional, down-hill trail (blue square) for a super fun, flowy, user built flow-trail. Trail conditions were perfect, and the sun even came out for most of the descent. We all couldn't believe how well constructed the berms and corners were. These guys gave serious thought to all aspects of construction. Even the jumps were built so you didn't have to kill all your speed if you weren't getting air.