July 3, 2015
Now that Jason has completed his two-year service mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, it was time to get him back in the mountains and enjoy a day of dirt biking. We decided to start off with something easy, so we did a variant of a ride from a few years ago on the Skyline Drive. Last time we rode the 50 mile loop clockwise and rode up Fish Creek Ridge. This time we went counter-clockwise and rode down Bear Ridge. We parked at the staging area near the old Tucker Rest Stop in Spanish Fork Canyon. Here is our GPS track.
Here is our helmet camera video:
This portion of the Skyline Drive is very easy. It quickly climbs in elevation, starting at around 6400’ and climbing to around 9000’.
Once you get up on top, the terrain opens up with great views in all directions.
We decided to explore a few side spurs in the area since we have not spent much time in this area. Our first side spur was Garret Ridge. The first part of the trail, as shown below, is wide open, but the trail soon enters a dense wooded area. We didn’t go all the way to the end of the trail (if it does end), but we enjoyed the ride for a few miles before turning back.
Our next spur took us out near Brown’s Peak. This trail was fairly rough and rutted, so Kim didn’t enjoy it much. I think the trail continues on all the way down to the valley near Indianola, but we stopped at the first scenic overlook.
I asked Jason how he liked the new KTM (he didn’t know we had it until after returning from his mission). He said basically the same thing that Jamie did after her first ride; “this bike goes where I aim”. He felt it was a great improvement over my old crf250x that he used to ride.
Kim was not excited to learn that we had to ride back over the rough road, but she took her time and made it just fine.
Our final spur was Johnson Ridge. At the end of this short road we stopped and ate lunch in the shade. After lunch we rode back to the north on Skyline Drive and then east down Bear Ridge road.
The top part of Bear Ridge was really a fun family ride, but it got fairly rough later on.
The rough part of the trail wasn’t overly difficult – it was just rough with rocks embedded in the ground.
Just prior to merging with the Starvation Road you get a nice view of Scofield Reservoir off in the distance.
Starvation Road is fairly low in elevation, so it was a pretty warm ride back to the car. Luckily the road is in good condition so we could keep moving to keep cool. Our total ride, including spurs and lunch, covered about 52 miles and took about 4 hours.
Having not ridden for two years, Jason was a little nervous as we first started on the ride, but it didn’t take him long to get comfortable on the bike. It wasn’t long before I couldn’t keep up with him.