Dry Creek to Mahalo – Awesome!

Okay, If you’ve read any of my previous reports on Dry Creek, you would remember me to not be a fan. Well, consider my opinion changed! If you don’t know where Dry Creek or Mahalo (formerly known as Gardner Peak) is, refer to this post for directions…but ignore the negative commentary on dry creek because it no longer applies. (Short directions: Drive Bogus Basin Rd to the start of Dry Creek, just after Corrals TH, just after a sharp left hand corner. There will be a pullout and a rutted hill on the right side of the road. Ride up dry creek, staying left at the only intersection. At the top of dry creek, follow the trail left, then turn left on the ridge road, turn right onto 275C (at a sharp left hand corner), go past the gate, and look for the entrance on the right. Reverse course.)

A few anonymous heroes have put a lot of hard work into Dry Creek, and now it stands alone. Where there were once creek crossings that were more like flow-crushing pits, there are now log features…features!!! In Boise!! The trail not only has extreme flow, now, but it also has technicality. It’s great! What’s better is that it’s even cool going uphill.

Here are pictures of the new features:

There’s not a lot to say about the new log features on Dry Creek. They are what you would except. If you can ride straight, and you’ve got the moxie, you can ride these. The only ones that might catch you off guard are the ones that have the rocky entries from the uphill side. One in particular is a little intimidating as you look at it, but it’s more of a mental game than a physical challenge.

Riding uphill on Dry Creek is easier than Hard Guy (in my opinion) until you get about 5.75ish miles up the trail, when the trail gets steep and loose. That’s a tough bit of climbing, but everything else isn’t bad at all. Dry creek, uphill, is one of those climbs that you can forget that you’re climbing, because it has enough twists, turns, rocks, and cows to keep you sufficiently distracted from your pedaling.

Mahalo is a great little trail. It’s short, but it’s purpose built for mountain biking. Watch for tight switchbacks and enjoy the berms.

Downhill on Dry Creek is fantastic now. Really watch out for loose dirt and ruts, which is common this time of the season, but otherwise, let it rip.

I road this from my house, which is almost exactly 10 miles from the Dry Creek trailhead. My total miles for the day was 42 miles, so if you parked at the trailhead, you’re looking at about 20-22 miles of riding for these two trails.

Here are a couple more pictures from the ride. Right now is a really beautiful time to ride Dry Creek because the daises and sun flowers are out in full bloom.

This picture is a 3D anaglyph. I’ve been playing with 3D photography lately and gave it a whirl with a couple iPhone pictures. You’ll need Red/Cyan glasses to see it in 3D though…you’ve got ’em right?

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~ by cardwelc on September 7, 2011.

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