After a long day on the road Saturday, with lots of straightaway highway, I arrived in Salt Lake City, visited the local brew pub for a couple of local pints and a much needed ruben sandwich. Got a good night sleep and was on the road up to Alta early. Was on there as soon as the lift rolled and made my way up the Collins lift and over to the Sugarloaf lift. Spoke with 2 different ski patrollers on my first two lift rides (skiing fast groomers) and their off piste report was grim, based on daylight savings and the warm weather they had the previous couple of days. Riding with a local, he told me Devil’s Castle and East Castle were easy traverse areas visible from the lift but he didn’t believe it was going to be doable.
After skiing 2 groomers, I had to find out what kind of day this was going to be, so I disregarded the off piste reports and made my way up the step and traverse line to Devil’s Castle…much to my surprise, the line I picked had nice chalky cold snow pretty much the whole way down; no ice. I headed back out there, going further and further on each run with a variety of nice chalky and some soft almost powdery snow; I was stoked!
skiing collectively about 15 runs all season, my legs/quads were screaming at me after a couple of hours, but there was no stopping me for fear that this might be my only good ski day of the year. I did venture up the Supreme lift (technical challenging terrain) and the conditions over there were crap. So, back to Sugarloaf for more quad burning. Broke to take down that beautiful frothy headed local pale ale and tuna sandwich before wrapping it with a couple of good off piste runs off the Collins lift and on the road to Moab at 3.
What an incredible visual display of rock and alpen glow along that whole route, as I happily arrived in Moab near sunset. Quick meal and bedded down, knowing I had a challenging and fun day ahead for my first riding experience in Moab, Utah. “Woo Hoo,” is what I can comfortably say after I am safely back in my hotel room.
The Slick Rock Trail is nothing short of AMAZING! No way to explain it to someone and do it justice. I was out there for 2.5 hours; stopping to check out a few of the vistas. So bitchin’!! and felt like I was either going up or down the whole time. Mind blowing riding up and down pitches that are so much steeper than anything we can do on dirt; 20+%grade in places. Sadly, I finished that magnificent experience, had a lunch that I brought with and then headed over to do a new trail called Pipe Dream. Way different ride experience than my morning session. It is an out and back; about 10 miles. Then I started south of town, rode south to north out of the gate paralleling Main St and up pretty high. It was a pretty challenging ride with a never ending series of climbs and descents. The whole trail was one turn after another, so there was never a point going downhill that I could really cut it loose. Lots of rock bridges and ladders, sharp turns, some sheer drop-offs and a variety of soft and firm dirt conditions. So, I had to be on my toes the whole way. Got a little tired on the return (go figure) but had a great ride all in all. Oh yeah, 70 degrees and sunny.
Miguel’s Baja Grill was the perfect wrap up to an exciting and grueling day (loving it) with their special fish taco’s and perfect margarita. Doing the Amasa Back-Rock Stacker-Jackson’s Loop in the morning. Gonna have to be on my game. Supposed to be very very technical and lots of dangerous ledges…
It’s amazing how fast this past summer flew by! Well, with all the snow from the past winter and mountain bike trails not clearing in time, no wonder the mountain bike season felt so short. Yet, when the snow parted and riding commenced, Tahoe Mountain Guides was there for you. From our introductory riders to our advanced seasoned mountain bikers, TMG had a blast and enjoyed every moment on every trail. And with the power of our legs and mountain bikes, TMG gained many new friends.
Early season biking began on the famous Emigrant Trail with some of our new friends.
And later moving towards Sawtooth Ridge, Watson Lake, New OTB and much much more.
Eventually, Tahoe Mountain Guides and Cycle Paths developed the Tahoe Truckee Super D. An epic up and mostly downhill ride for the mountain biker looking for Downieville Classic style riding in Lake Tahoe.
From all of the guides at Tahoe Mountain Guides, we would like to thank all you for joining us on the trails we love to ride. It was our pleasure to show you our hidden gems, as well as the mtb trails ridden day in and day out. Stay in touch if you are in the Lake Tahoe Truckee area this winter. Stay tuned for more from TMG! Possible snowshoe tours and more!! Enjoy and be safe friends.
I hear some mountain bikers say they have not been on the bike enough this summer. What’s wrong with the fall? You should be on the local trails now! The mountain bike season has not ended and the trails are in the best shape ever! The fall season in Tahoe and Truckee brings new wonder; it brings incredible colors leaping from the mountain bike trails, and the dirt you ride with those knobby tires sticking to the trails enabling you to ride faster than ever. Are you starting think, “why am I not on my mountain bike!?” Yeah, Tahoe Mountain Guides want you on the trail, too!
Tahoe Mountain Guides have been getting after the trails all season long. We know the trails, we know the conditions, and we know what you will like. Each mountain bike tour is fit to your ability level, and special care is taken to ensure your safe arrival with a smile. Fall in Lake Tahoe also has some of the best biking weather. Temperatures range in the mid to upper 60’s. Make sure to bring a fleece if we ride into the sunset. For more information or to book a mountain bike tour, don’t wait too long. As soon as the snow falls, TMG will be off the bikes and strapped to our alpine and telemark skis.
First, Tahoe Mountain Guides would like to thank Lake Tahoe’s All-Women Sport Camp for the opportunity to participate and to share in such an amazing event. And, we got to mountain bike with Marla Streb! World class mountain biker right here in our own backyard! Also, a huge “Thank You” to ALL the ladies who participated. Tahoe Mountain Guides enjoyed getting dirty with you, and cleaning up a couple of you while breaking that learning curve. We hope you had as much fun as we did, and hope to see you at the camp next summer!
The tours are flowing like the singletrack we love to ride. And on the singletrack, we have taken many riders from many walks of life from all over the world. TMG’s guests have come from: Canada, Germany, Israel, South Korea, and East Coast Represent!…as well as from the streets we walk in the Truckee/Tahoe area. Each and every day, our guides at TMG look forward to meeting new guests and expanding our experience beyond our mountain get-away town. TMG has converted casual riders, and newbie’s, to mountain bikers!
The long and short of it, Tahoe Mountain Guides is having some fun and it’s because of YOU! If you have yet to experience a tour with TMG, give us a call, send us an email, or show up at the shop. Bike tours are always available, and fit to your ability level. We want to hear your story and make many more mountain bike friends.
Finally I get to sit down and write a little something about all of our friends we have taken out on the mountain bike trail. The riding has been epic, our tours have been outstanding and the friends we have made are just the best people you could ever meet. They come from all over; Georgia, Canada, New York, locally and beyond! And the best part, most of our tours are introductory rides with guests never sitting on a full-suspension bike let alone hitting a singletrack trail; and now they share the excitement and passion Tahoe Mountain Guides has for the sport of mountain biking. Take a look at what we do: