June 29, Last day - Cooks Meadow and new Cooks Meadow Extension

Today is Kevin's 50th Birthday.

Last fall, they finally put in a connector trail that eliminates the 2 mile stretch of gravel road at the end of the Cooks Meadow Trail, to the top of the ride.  We heard it was snow free, with only a few trees to climb over, so we had to go for it.

Headed up the Knebal Springs Trail to the Super Connector.

Kevin and Hiker at intersection with Super Connector trail

Francine, Kevin, Holly and Seth
After the Super Connector, we rode Surveyor's Ridge trail to the start of the Cooks Meadow Trail.  Once the trail hits the road, we easily found the Cooks Meadow Extension.  It was a new, hand-built trail that got us off the gravel road, and climbed to the high point of 6,000 feet.

Holly Davis

Seth Davis

Holly on Cooks Meadow Extension

Holly

Seth and Holly at top of ride in the meadow at top of Cooks Meadow Trail  6000 feet


Holly and Seth

Holly
The descent on the Lookout Mountain trail back down to the 44Road was in the best shape we have ever ridden.  The berms were all intact, and you could really lean into all the corners, as they were still solid and not blown out.  All the trails in Hood River right are still super solid, due to the rain in mid June.  Primo conditions everywhere.  It will be hard to match these conditions again.  Plus the wild flowers were out.

Tonite we start packing and head home tomorrow.  It's been a busy, action packed month.  We will go home and rest from our vacation.

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