First Snow

Timpooneke Campground

Timpooneke Campground

We haven’t been posting much lately, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been riding. Fall is pretty busy with the high school mountain bike racing season. My son raced on his team (sophomore) and Bullet is the head coach of his local high school team and has two daughters racing. This takes up nearly every Saturday from September to early November. Bullet rides with his team for practice, and I have just been riding the local trails, mostly solo, occasionally with a friend.

This week we got our first snow of the season. It has been a very warm and dry Autumn. Bullet is down in Arizona with family riding desert trails, so I headed up solo to American Fork Canyon’s Pine Hollow Trailhead and rode our usual trails. It was 27 degrees in the parking lot at 10:00 am. The Alpine Loop Road was bare in spots but mostly covered with 2-3 inches of snow. At Timpooneke the snow was 3-4 inches deep, packed down to about 2 inches. Higher up the snow got a bit deeper, but the larger rocks on the trail were exposed and slippery. I rode nice single track (Trail 150) up to the meadow just below the junction of the Ridge Trail (8.7 miles, round trip, and 2,066′ ascent). It felt really good to be back riding on the snow. I look forward to the snow season.

Mt. Timpanogos in the background.

Mt. Timpanogos in the background.

Decent trail conditions considering only one storm.

Decent trail conditions considering only one storm.

Entering the meadow

Entering the meadow

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