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For the last year or so JD and I have been talking about a gathering of sorts in the Palm Springs area as there is much goodness to ride there. So JD finally pulled the trigger and threw out a date and remarkably it worked. So a cast of some of the usual suspects here on Trail Grafitti converged on Palm Springs the first weekend of December. Bryce gets the award for the most miles traveled as he came from Ohio. While some arrived Thursday night, the full crew would not get together until Friday afternoon. Bill and I made plans to sneak in some early riding with the Thursday crew prior to our planned PM ride.

Day One


The first offering of the day was the Thomas Mountain/Ramona Trail.
The downhill of this ride is a real hoot that starts out buff and progressively gets technical as you make your way down the mountain.
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After all of the morning fun, we went down the road aways and met up with the NorCal contingent and well as JD for the afternoon ride.
We will refer to this trail as KTS #2 (KTS = Kinda Top Secret). It is a nice bit of singletrack that is narrow and raw. It is wonderfull but fragile and could not handle much abuse at all so it will remain in the "Show But Don't Tell" catergory.
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We finished the ride in the waning moments of daylight and the rest of the evening was spent enjoying mighty tasty and hard to find beers while recanting stories of truck keys and missing skewers. More to follow... (For those there feel free to jump in)

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bryce is one ugly dood? agreed?

sounds like a stinkin good time. i wanna meet up with you folks in 07
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Great story and great pics. Looks like a fun time.

Edited by Axis, 11 December 2006 - 10:05 PM.

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Day Two - Palm Canyon and the Flat Feast
Palm Canyon is one the most "out there" rides we have in Southern California. The rides stresses self-sufficiency while rewarding you with huge vistas, off-camber narrow singletrack, ridges, stream beds, rocks, sand, cacti, and all sorts of other desert goodness. This ride will nearly overload your senses. Jeff came in Friday night to join us on this ride. Last year, Tiggerider, Gary, JD and I did this ride and had no flats took our time, did some trail work and still finished the ride in a touch over six hours. We had come up with a theory that a smaller group of riders in the same general skill catergory should have less mechancials making for a quicker ride. The real hazard of this ride is the wide range of temps that can occur and the time it can take you to complete this 30 plus mile route. We had to throw out our theory at the end of this ride. We were rolling on the trail around 9:30AM near the base of Santa Rosa Mountain at 4,500ft and finished at dark dark back in Palm Springs at around 500ft. Everyone will have to chime in to get a full account of all the stuff that happened, but we had at least 13 flats.

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GeeDub in the upper portions
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Bryce Rolling along
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Early on in the flat tire count. Notice someone is already thinking they are late for beers.
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While this route drops around 6,000 feet there is plenty of climbing to be had.
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All told there is about 2,000 feet of climbing to be done on this ride.
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JustSomeGuy and Tiggerider working thier way up the 3-mile Drywash "road". Objects in the background of this picture are much further away than they appear. This climb pretty much wipes off that stupid smile everyone has at the bottom of this climb after taking in about 14 miles of Palm Canyon
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We had some major flat delays that were caused my poorly timed mulitple flats. We spent nearly an hour hanging out at Mike Desert Riders Oasis which is basically some old tables and a busted up dozer.

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This should be the part where I show you awesome pictures of the Hahn Buena Vista Trail which is by far one of the most awesome long bits of single track you will find just about anywhere in Southern California. uhhhhh no, I was having far far too much fun as we ripped and flowed our way down this narrow rocky and scenic trail where the views themselves are significant hazards. We were starting to push against daylight and while waiting to regroup at the bottom, I was working time-distance-speed equations in my head.

After the Hahn we climbed the Cathedral Canyon trail back up to Dunn Road (An old remenant of a dirt road) and decided to take a partial bailout. We did not have enough time to go up Fern Canyon and take the most awesome Wildhorse trail into the final segment of ride, The Goat Trails.

We bailed and took Dunn Road south. It pained me to loose elevation on a fireroad. We stopped at a second route into the Goat Trails and it was here that we split up. I figured we most likely had enough time to finish the Goat Trails before dark dark. A few continued on down the dirt road while the rest of us took an old jeep road that lead to a single track that connected with the Clair Burgess trail and downward into the Goat Trails via the east instead of the north which is my preferred method. Once we did a little uphill slogging we were flowing downhill on the kickbutt Goat Trails singletrack. The last half mile is the most technical of the entire route which is always made interesting by the fact you have 30 miles on your legs and you are often using the last minutes of daylight like we were.

That night was enjoyed more good food and beers. However we were all moving a little funny and slow. Good Times.

Edited by MTBBill, 12 December 2006 - 09:41 AM.


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Day three, Art Smith Trail

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Great pics fellas, looks like an incredible weekend despite the flats. I'm eagerly awaiting the rest of them while cringing at the thought of seeing what else I missed out on. Keep em coming and maybe I'll learn my lesson for next time a trip like this comes up.

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Great pics fellas, looks like an incredible weekend despite the flats. I'm eagerly awaiting the rest of them while cringing at the thought of seeing what else I missed out on. Keep em coming and maybe I'll learn my lesson for next time a trip like this comes up.

Makes me wish the 07 Utah trip was next week. Can't wait

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Hey Bomber, how was that 2,000 feet of climbing?

It sure looks worth it though!

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A fantastic weekend of riding! I kept the camera stowed until Sunday because of the time factor on Friday afternoon's ride and to carry Gatorade instead on Saturday's ride. It was intenso and extremo.

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Just some dewd

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Some Bill dude on the rocks

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Some other Bill dude on the rocks. Turn one of four sequential similar ones.

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Switchbacks galore

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Getting a run at more granite climbing

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Where's Billbo?

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NorCal represent! Some Mike dude exiting a switchback

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One of the many palm oases
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A fantastic weekend of riding! I kept the camera stowed until Sunday because of the time factor on Friday afternoon's ride and to carry Gatorade instead on Saturday's ride. It was intenso and extremo.


Damn JD, incredible suff there, nice pics. Glad you guys had fun out there. Already counting the days til the So UT weekend and the FFTF.

What's up with the new image thing on here? Do we just upload the full size ones and it automatically resizes for us? Not that I have any new riding pics to share, just for future reference.

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Those are some sick switchbacks!!!!

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Believe it or not I was there too for the Palm Canyon Ride. What an adventure. I had a great time. Talk about an epic ride. We did 35 miles, we started at 9:15 and rode to the hotel and got there at 5:30. It was was the longest ride I have done on a mountain bike. The Guys I rode with that day were the best that you could ride with. Here's a few shots I got. And Start calling you Bomber, the Sandman.

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Great pics, guys. Here are a couple more:

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Bill P in tight quarters.

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JD flashin' the Double-S. Pictures don't do it justice - it's steep and nasty.

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Some Guy eyeballin' the double-S. He too would clean it in one shot. It took me three tries, but, damnit, I did it!

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Mike on liftoff.

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From the previous day on Palm Canyon. Some cactus somewhere got a full day's supply of iron.

Killer weekend!

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Believe it or not I was there too for the Palm Canyon Ride. What an adventure. I had a great time. Talk about an epic ride. We did 35 miles, we started at 9:15 and rode to the hotel and got there at 5:30. It was was the longest ride I have done on a mountain bike. The Guys I rode with that day were the best that you could ride with. Here's a few shots I got. And Start calling you Bomber, the Sandman.


Hey Hunter/Moab I keep getting an error message, saying I cant view Hunters pics. It states, I dont have permission to view them.
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ok give it a shot now..let me know
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ok give it a shot now..let me know


I can view Hunter's pictures now. Thanks Moab.

BTW, cool pictures. I'm jealous.

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i so wanna meet up in 07.

no matter what they say, cactus sex does not feel right

excellent pics!!
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Oh where to start. GREAT BEER and the riding was good to. Possible The slow pace on Sat. Palm canyon run had something to do with GREAT BEER Friday night.
Thanks Jerry and Bill for getting this trip to happen. What a a fun weekend Did I say we had a good group. I think this years flat had some thing to do with More Thorn in the trail. Maybe because of all the rain that had happen in one year. But Last year the Catus was taking it donation to. Jerry Leg Last year.
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Friday mornning run had few stops maybe because the trail was just to Nice. But We did stop at this one spot. Which Bill needed to learn The trail Goes to the Left.
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Oh That left
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Bomber Also like the trail to going to Left too.
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Ok Bill Gets it now after a bit of studying this tuff move. Plus Gary was Calling him.
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Thanks Again for a fun trip and looking forward to seeing everyone again soon. And Bill After to Push me of the Hahn Buena Vista single track I did take a picture of you going by me Below. What a great single Track.
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I hope everyone has a safe and fun Chistmas and a happy New year. Plus If any one headed down to Tuscon for christmas I be down there riding so drop me a line.

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More great pics MrMtHop and Kevin, those cacti must be pretty brutal! I'll go ahead and second what Kevin said, hope everyone enjoys the holidays and has safe travels wherever we all are heading. Looking forward to meeting more of you fellas and getting in on some great trips in the new year.





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