Scott’s Torturous Ride October 6, 2008Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Just Stuff.
Tags: Mountain Biking, mtb, Prescott, trails, White Spar
Today I picked up Scott at the White Spar trail head, where he left his truck so we could do an end to end ride.
We met Hal at the place where we park on Iron Springs to ride in “the pines”. The three of us headed up into “the pines” and climbed up and through the tunnel then up onto the old railroad grade. This part of the grade is now considered part of the planned Circle Prescott Trail. That was our plan for this afternoon, to ride about a third of the CPT.
We left the grade as trail 332 headed south and over a hill then down into Fireplace Springs. It’s called Fireplace Springs, because a large stone fireplace is all that is left of what once was a homestead along a small creek. From there, we continued on 332 to the south. The 332 is now a single track on what was once an old road, but the boulders that the Forest Service put in to narrow it as well as all the weeds that grew throughout our wet summer have successfully masked the road. The 332 ends when it reaches Thumb Butte Rd.
From there we rode the 392 up a long canyon and then further up the switchbacks on the north face of a hillside where we could look out across all that we had traversed so far to see the afternoon sun reflecting off cars headed up Iron Springs road. This is Scott on that section of trail.
At the junction where the 392 hits the 326, Hal had to cut his ride short and head back toward his house, but we took this photo before he left.
Scott and I pressed on. We took the 322 down some fun single track to the 51. The 51 is a forest road, so it was relatively smooth compared to a lot of what we had been on so far, so we made pretty good time on it even though it was mostly uphill riding. At the bottom of one of the short downhill sections it crossed a rocky wash, and as I went over the rocks, my front wheel kicked up a foot sized rock that went into my rear spokes and broke one of them out. Bummer. I twisted the broken spoke around another spoke, and vowed to take it easy on the back wheel the rest of the ride. Before long, we came to the back of Camp Perlstein where the 393 takes off of the 51. Scott and I plugged along up the switchbacks, and stopped for a CLIF bar and some water for a few minutes. I took these photos on the 393.
We passed a couple of women walking their fluffy white dog at the top, and they couldn’t believe that we had started over on Iron Springs Rd. We finished the descent to Copper Basin Rd. then took ( I should say hike-a-biked) the 48 up to the 9401L. This is me where when we could get back on and ride again.
We rode the old forest road that is now closed to motorized vehicles around the south side of Wolverton Mt. to the junction where we would head down the 9415 single track toward the “white spar” some people call quartz mountain. Little do they know that this is where White Spar Rd. got its name. This section of the CPT is pretty awful (so much for taking it easy on my rear wheel). Lots of loose, scrabbly rock and pretty steep and narrow. Scott did a great job coming down this section of the trail, as it is what I would call pretty technical riding.
After we went around the Spar, we only had the 9707V descent before we made it back to Scott’s truck. We were like horses running for the barn as we bombed the 500′ drop in only a little over a mile on the rough and rocky forest road!
Just as we made it to the truck, I heard Scott say “oh, no!” He had left the keys to his truck in my truck almost 16 miles behind us! Dan-dan-dadah, Tracie to the rescue! I called my wife, and she very kindly drove up to where my truck was and retrieved Scott’s keys, then drove all the way across town to deliver them. What a gal!
What a ride!
- distance: 15.6 miles
- total riding time: 2hrs. 12 min.
- avg. speed 7.0 mph
- elevation gain 2368 feet