The rest of the family showed up...late...but safe. Cooked up some dutch oven enchiladas, beans, and dutch oven cobbler for desert. Camp grub always seems to taste better. The next day, I fish with the family while the other four go ride a trail they called "wangdoodle." I really wanted to ride that one with them. None of us had been on it before, and we couldn't find much of a ride report for it anywhere. On the map, it looked like it could be a little challenging.
The day goes on, the rest of the family goes back to town, and the riders haven't got back yet. It's getting kind of late so I take off to find them. Their plan is to ride the trail from camp, looping around to easier trails, then forest service roads. So I ride the opposite direction, on the forest service road back around. I only get about 5 miles up the road and find them parked off the side. They are tired, beaten, and bruised. They are rating the trail as "expert" and one even says "advanced expert." Seven miles in six hours. I'm relieved I didn't ride with them, as I'm the noob to this dirt bike stuff.
Funny thing is that now I find a couple reports from the throttlechix where one reports:
"This trail has some tight switchbacks immediatly then turns into fun single track meandering through the mountains for several miles. The last mile and a half is one long and difficult climb that encompasses a 1,000 feet in elevation change. It is loose and rocky when dry but makes for some challenging fun times when wet!"
Idaho - McCall/ Donnelly/ Cascade - Throttle Chix
this one's a riot: Ride with the Girls in McCall, Idaho - Oct. 2009 - Throttle Chix
The next day, I pack my gear early and take a solo ride back to McCall, single tracking towards Loon Lake and then taking the Ruby Meadows trail back to the main road.
The area burned a few years ago.
Fork in the trail where you can go Victor Creek...
Or take Willowbasket through Ruby Meadows. I take this one.
This bog crossing was completely submerged a few weeks ago and you couldn't see any of the logs.
Small meadow stream.
At the end of the single track, looking back where I just came from. Here the trail is open to quads and becomes much faster.
At the main road..now fast-tracking to McCall.