Here are some pictures Mike and I took when Juan joined us on some sweet
MTB on the Tin Mine Trail at Green Mountain... The plan was to climb
Cloudy Peak, and take Juan and Randy up with us to camp at Charlia Pass.
But the weather was making avalanche conditions extreme in the area we wanted to
be, so we had to bail. So I invited Mike and Juan to enjoy a very soggy
Tin Mile Trail ride with me at Gold Mountain. Mike brought his aging, but
trusty early 90s vintage Rock Hopper, and I loaned Juan my old GT Tempest, both
I will try to get some pictures of Mike put up, but he has them, I wasn't
able to scan them before he took them home. As always - click on the thumbnails
to see the enlarged picture...
Crosses Gold Creek... - The trail
starts off the GM-6 road, about a mile up from the Gold Creek
parking lot, on the right. Almost immediately, you swoop down
and cross Gold Creek. Due to spring run-off, it was running
pretty good for us! Mike brought his camera over, and was in
full shutter mode, so we got some good ones... Here he catches
me as I splash my way across...
Crossing Gold Creek... - Since
this was Juan's first time mountain biking, I made sure he made it
through or across all of the obstacles. It was great watching
him go for the creek - after Mike and I showed him the
Here, Juan enters, gets a bit off
line, and then stalls! That's a mighty infectious smile
though... Juan, the fun
is just beginning!
Rocky Road... - The
next part of the trail I call the Rocky Road. In the summer,
this section is dry, and is nothing but fist sized rocks that
require you to keep up your speed, and ride with a loose grip.
On this day, there was 3 to 5 inches of running water, complicating
the navigation a bit! It was great fun! Here, Mike
catches me as I pick my way through.
on the Rocky Road... -
Juan was a bit more apprehensive coming up the Rocky Road, but
he soon caught on. Here, he skillfully navigates the hidden
and slick gotchas.
Riding Out of Tin Mine... -
Next on the scenery list was the mine. Both Mike and Juan
really got a kick out of it. The water was really running deep
out of it on this day though. Here, Mike catches us riding out
of the mine on his bike. I'd love to come back with a headlamp
and explore, but in the summer, the insects are voracious, so I just
ride my bike instead!
I know Juan had some fun, but mixed in was a bit of exhaustion and
apprehension. Here, he concentrates on that obstacle...
I need to keep after him and get him into MTB shape. I wish I
could have seen it when he hit that tree though!
Approaching a Root... -
Mike always has a knack for finding cool shots. Here, after he
went ahead, he catches me as I approach a root on the upper trail,
before a section I call the Widow
Maker. The upper trail is very scenic, and heavily
wooded - a great place to ride! Even in a rain, the canopy
keeps most of the rain at bay.
Landing of Some Roots... -
The trip back down the trail is a hoot. Not steep enough to
really worry about speed, there are numerous opportunities to catch
small air! Here, Mike catches me as I start to land coming off
some roots into Gold Creek. This trail is really a kick for
intermediates such as myself, but can still be explored by those
just starting out!
Smiling on the Trail... -
Although he got tired, had to stop for most obstacles, hit a tree on
the way out, and had a flat tire - this smile says it all! I
think he's hooked...
On a Roller... - On
the road on the way out, the slight downhill allows for a bit
of jumping on some rollers on the edges - one of the most fun
things about MTB, in my opinion. After the foot bridge,
I like to hit this little knob - not much height, but you can
get downrange several feet. Mike catches me as I looked
for that perfect landing area just after I lift off...
Shot... - This is
what it's about, good friends having fun...
Back to Tom on Green Mountain...