Pines to Boulders and Back Again July 2, 2008Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, Mountain Biking.
Tags: 332, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350, 351, Granite Basin, Mountain Biking, mtb, Prescott, The Pines, trails
Our group plan was to meet for a mountain bike ride in “The Pines” today, and when we arrived there, the Prescott Cycling Club was also meeting there for a ride. The parking area was full! Our group of 6 decided not to horn in on the PCC ride, so we took off while they were still getting there gear together. Michael, me, Tim, Rob, Toby and his roommate Steve headed out the Emanuel Pines road and then up the single tracks toward the old railroad grade. After we climbed out into the borrow pit and onto the grade, another Steve (the hardcore variety) showed up, and the 7 of us continued up the grade to the 332.
When we got to the 332, Michael decided to head back down through “The Pines” and call it a day. For various reasons he hasn’t been on his bike for nearly a month, and said it felt like it. So the 6 of us rode on. Where the trail bottoms out and crosses a creek, there is a gnarly, rocky, curvy, slippery climb that is almost impossible to clean. In fact Rob tried it 5 times, each time getting progressively closer and closer but just couldn’t get it done. No one did. We stayed on the 332 all the way to where it meets the 346 and 347, then we took the 347 down into Granite Basin to the 348…lots of whoops and tons of fun!
We rode the 348 to the 351, then took a social trail over to the 350 and made the climb back up to the 349. Tim and I took the 349 east to another little social trail that runs south to the dirt road, while the other 4 guys took the 349 west about 50 yards to the dirt road then followed it south to where Tim and I came out. Of course they beat us there, but we caught up with Steve (the roommate) right at the saddle and the 3 of us hammered it down the pavement back to the cars. I topped out at 45 mph on the hill, with my eyes stinging and mouth grinning.
- distance 11.63 miles
- riding time 1 hr. 20 min.
- avg speed 9.4 mph (this is skewed due to the crazy paved downhill)