Oct. 10, 2015
Ed Lamborn offered to show us some of his favorite childhood trails up near Logan. With Jason now attending Utah State University, I thought it would be a great opportunity to meet him and enjoy some new trails. Unfortunately, Jason just got a new job and had to work on Saturday, so he was unable to join us. Ron Muffler and I rode up with Bob Dawson, and we met Ed at the trailhead. We also met Al Hill and his two boys. Unfortunately, the trail was steep and rocky and proved quite challenging for the younger boys on their small two-stroke race bikes. They ended up separating and going at a slower pace.
Unfortunately we were riding into the sun most of the day, so there is a lot of glare in my videos:
Millville Canyon (#168) was a long and grueling climb up a very rocky road. It wasn’t overly technical (on the bigger bikes), but it was relentless. The rocks just never seemed to end.
Once we got up onto the bench, the trail mellowed out considerably. We stopped at an overlook to enjoy the scenery and took some group photos.
We dodged a few mud puddles on the way up, which came back to haunt us (Ed) later in the day. We enjoyed a side spur up to Logan Peak for some more spectacular views. It was quite cold and windy up at almost 9,700’, so we didn’t stay long.
The autumn leaves were still more colorful than I expected, so we occasionally stopped for more photos.
Our primary objective was to explore some of the single track trails in the area. We started by going down trail #019A, which I think is called White Bedground Camp (or spring). This was a really fun trail, but there were some sections where the stream runs right down the trail.
The trail joins into #019G, Richard’s Hollow. Richard’s Hollow was an absolute blast to ride. It follows a narrow valley with a small stream. Most of the trail is smooth and flowing.
There are a few technical sections with some steps and rocks, but most of them are pretty short.
We stopped at the junction of Cart Hollow (#123) and enjoyed a lunch break. It was a beautiful spot.
From this junction to the bottom the trail is significantly more technical. It has long stretches with steep side-hill exposure and a few nasty rocky bits. But with a little care, it is pretty easy to work your way down. I suspect coming back up would be more challenging.
Once we popped out the bottom of Richard’s Hollow, we took a quick ride up Left Hand Fork of Blacksmith to see Grey Cliff Spring.
Bob had ridden by here a few years ago on his adventure bike and remembered being turned back by a boulder field. He wanted to see if he could tackle the rocks with his KTM 300, so we rode an additional six miles up the road.
Bob and Ed rode through the boulder field while Ron and I enjoyed watching them.
We had so much fun on Richard’s Hollow that we altered Ed’s original plan and decided to ride back up Richard’s Hollow. Rather than start from the bottom, we rode up Seep Hollow (#026) until it joined Cart Hollow, then returned to our lunch spot. Seep Hollow started off really rocky, but soon turned to a nice single track. It had a lot of downed logs that we had to cross, and we missed a turn somewhere and ended up on a cow trail for a short time.
The lower part of Cart Hollow is a steep descent as it works its way down into the valley to join Richard’s Hollow. I suspect it could be a challenge coming back up, especially if the trail were at all wet. But it is pretty short and we were soon back on Richard’s Hollow. It was just as fun going back up as it was coming down.
When we reached the junction with White, we decided to ride up the remaining portion of Richard’s Hollow. It was also very fun, but the first switchback caught us by surprise and we almost missed the turn. It was so fun we turned around and went back down, and then rode up Whites.
Whites was also a fun ride back up. One log crossing threw Ed off balance and off the trail. He made a quick recovery, but he still may have made my blopper video for the year.
After completing the great single track trails, it was time to head back to Bob’s truck in Millville. We weren’t too excited about going down the rocky road, but it actually went by pretty quickly after taking a much needed break.
The ride totaled just under 65 miles. We were all tired and hungry by the time we finished, so we loading up the truck met Jason for dinner at a local hamburger joint. It was disappointing that Jason missed the ride, but it was fun to visit with him for a while.