Friday, September 10, 2010

Wasatch Crest...Sort of...

We have wanted to ride the Wasatch Crest trail for a very long time. Supposedly, it is one of the best mountain biking trails in Utah. We finally decided to try it last Saturday. The first two miles of the ride are basically straight uphill and commonly known as 'Puke Hill'. This hill was a beast and I basically pushed my bike up the entire thing. Lots of other bikers were doing the same thing though so I didn't feel so bad. Once we were done with the brutal hike we were ready for the famed downhill ride that takes you across the crest of the mountains from Big Cottonwood Canyon all the way into Millcreek Canyon.

Once we started heading down the trail we were having a blast! The trail is in great condition and was absolutely beautiful. We rode all the way to Desolation Lake to a spot where we had to once again walk our bikes through a very technical area. This is where we made a critical error. There was a fork in the trail and we went left, when apparently we were supposed to go right. However, we did not know this at the time so we went on our way having a good ole' time.

We were taking our time getting down the mountain and even paused to shoot a few video clips of Jeremy hitting some 'sick kickers'.

Shortly after shooting this video we ran into an old friend from the ward and we were telling him how we were headed to Dog Lake and then into Millcreek. He kindly informed us that it was a climb to Dog Lake and we began to worry. We had already killed ourselves getting up Puke Hill and we didn't have much left for more climbing. Sure enough we came to another fork in the trail and we had to climb up a trail not made for bikes. It was MISERABLE! I wanted to just sit on the trail and cry but the trail wasn't even wide enough to do that. So up we went. By the time we got to Dog Lake we were both spent. Luckily, from there on out it really was all downhill and we had a lot of fun. By the end of the ride we had gone 24.63 miles. We are still recovering.

1 comment:

  1. GOOD FOR YOU GUYS! Puke hill is no fun and I usually walk most of it. Jason has made it up that beast before...he's an animal...I think that is the only way to explain it. We've done this ride quite a bit but have never gone to desolation lake or dog lake...we just always stay on the trail and cruise down. It's one of my favs.