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MTB ride with a hamfisted ending

luv2climb2012-04-22 01:23:58 +0000 #1
Yesterday I rode another one of my old favorites, the Salmon Falls Trail in El Dorado County, CA. This was only my second real mtb ride in 15 years. The first one was in Auburn last weekend: forums.teamestrogen....owthread.php?t=46505 .

This trail seemed more difficult than the ones I did in Auburn, due to how technical it is. I intended to climb the 2 mile long Flagstaff Hill, but I overshot the trail leading to it.

On the way out I saw people walking and resting on a climb, so I knew this would be a good climb on the way back. Sure enough, it made me live up to my username!

I made it all the way up without walking or resting. I did pick a wrong line and stall out once, but I restarted and continued on.

I saw another cyclist with a GoPro on his helmet. He was riding with a friend. They noticed my chest-mounted GoPro and that sparked a good conversation. One of the guys was riding a hybrid with 700x35c tires!

On the way back I saw a lot of dog walkers and petted a few dogs. Then the hamfist of the day occurred when I attempted to descend the most ridiculously technical section of trail I've ever encountered. It was a slow-speed crash too. Yes, it was caught on video!

connect.garmin.com/activity/149250811

Video is 100% natural sound, so my standard heavy breathing on climbs audio warning applies!

Video From YouTube:(link)


Sign I should have heeded, at least on the descent. I had no problem cleaning this climb, but the descent was another story!



caution sign on Salmon Falls Trail technical section: www.flickr.com/photo...6317@N05/6868141967/ by freighttraininguphill: www.flickr.com/people/76286317@N05/ , on Flickr

The section I crashed on



extremely technical section of Salmon Falls Trail: www.flickr.com/photo...6317@N05/6868142365/ by freighttraininguphill: www.flickr.com/people/76286317@N05/ , on Flickr

View of American River from near the above technical section



view of American River from Salmon Falls Trail: www.flickr.com/photo...6317@N05/6868142183/ by freighttraininguphill: www.flickr.com/people/76286317@N05/ , on Flickr


tealtreak2012-04-22 01:36:30 +0000 #2
awesome looking trail! So different (open looking) to the dark, squish between trees I have been on here in VA.........Thanks for sharing and I am SO glad you fell to the left! lol (: (I am comfortable joking about wrecks cuz I have had many.............(: ! )
goldfinch2012-04-22 02:02:49 +0000 #3
Too scary for me!
luv2climb2012-04-22 02:39:03 +0000 #4
Quote:

Originally Posted by tealtreak

awesome looking trail! So different (open looking) to the dark, squish between trees I have been on here in VA.........Thanks for sharing and I am SO glad you fell to the left! lol (: (I am comfortable joking about wrecks cuz I have had many.............(: ! )

You and me both!

I would have done everything in my power to make sure my weight shifted to the left if I felt like I was falling the wrong way.

Lesson learned. The guy near the end of the video who cleaned that section shows us how it's done!

I need to study his technique, or walk that section. I honestly can't remember if I used to ride that or walk it in the old days.
luv2climb2012-04-22 02:31:59 +0000 #5
Here's some screen captures from the helmet-mounted ContourHD raw video files.

Climb just above the rocky section that I crashed on. This is on the way out.



climb just above Salmon Falls 'super gnarly' section: www.flickr.com/photo...6317@N05/6877712701/ by freighttraininguphill: www.flickr.com/people/76286317@N05/ , on Flickr

Descent after the above climb



descent just past Salmon Falls 'super gnarly' section: www.flickr.com/photo...6317@N05/6877712747/ by freighttraininguphill: www.flickr.com/people/76286317@N05/ , on Flickr

Fallen tree over the trail (the 'low bridge' section of the video)



fallen tree over Salmon Falls Trail: www.flickr.com/photo...6317@N05/6877712799/ by freighttraininguphill: www.flickr.com/people/76286317@N05/ , on Flickr

Short steep technical section that caused some good grunting in the video when I cleaned it



short steep technical section on Salmon Falls Trail: www.flickr.com/photo...6317@N05/6877712851/ by freighttraininguphill: www.flickr.com/people/76286317@N05/ , on Flickr

Very technical section that caused me to stall out and restart



Salmon Falls Trail technical section: www.flickr.com/photo...6317@N05/6877712881/ by freighttraininguphill: www.flickr.com/people/76286317@N05/ , on Flickr

Bottom of steep sufferfest climb you see in the video. This is the one I saw people walking and resting on while I was descending it earlier in the ride.



bottom of Salmon Falls Trail steep climb, near Flagstaff Hill: www.flickr.com/photo...6317@N05/6877712931/ by freighttraininguphill: www.flickr.com/people/76286317@N05/ , on Flickr

Middle of climb



middle of Salmon Falls Trail steep climb near Flagstaff Hill: www.flickr.com/photo...6317@N05/6877712985/ by freighttraininguphill: www.flickr.com/people/76286317@N05/ , on Flickr

Tree roots on the above climb. Picked the wrong line here, stalled, and restarted.



Salmon Falls Trail tree root section on steep climb near Flagstaff Hill: www.flickr.com/photo...6317@N05/6877713031/ by freighttraininguphill: www.flickr.com/people/76286317@N05/ , on Flickr

Steepest part of the above climb



steepest part of Salmon Falls Trail climb near Flagstaff Hill: www.flickr.com/photo...6317@N05/6877713101/ by freighttraininguphill: www.flickr.com/people/76286317@N05/ , on Flickr

Short steep technical section right after the "CAUTION WALK YOUR BIKE NEXT 100 YARDS" sign



short steep technical section on Salmon Falls Trail after warning sign: www.flickr.com/photo...6317@N05/6877713133/ by freighttraininguphill: www.flickr.com/people/76286317@N05/ , on Flickr

"Super gnarly" section right before I crashed



riding down Salmon Falls 'super gnarly' section right before crashing: www.flickr.com/photo...6317@N05/6877713191/ by freighttraininguphill: www.flickr.com/people/76286317@N05/ , on Flickr
SadieKate2012-04-22 03:35:49 +0000 #6
People have died on that "caution section". I've personally seen people go over the edge - and their bikes go farther.

It's a great trail and 99% is pretty tame, but that first stretch should not be underestimated.

There're also big kitties sitting in the perfectly placed trees above the trail cuts. Not a place to ride alone.

Otherwise, it's a gorgeous trail.

Spent a lot of time on it.
luv2climb2012-04-22 03:30:06 +0000 #7
I've never heard of a mountain lion attack on Salmon Falls. A woman runner was killed by one near Cool back in 1994 though.

I've never heard of the deaths on that gnarly section either. Not saying they didn't happen, but I posted this same ride report on other forums and nobody mentioned deaths or mountain lions.

I can't live my life worrying about what may happen. I don't ride recklessly and I was careful to avoid getting too close to the edge. The video makes things look scarier than they reallly are.

I don't have a choice but to ride alone. None of my friends are into mountain biking. I'd rather take my chances by riding alone and be happy and healthy than be forced to limit my riding to paved roads, which IMHO are more dangerous than mountain bike trails due to moronic drivers who are speeding and/or distracted or don't care about my safety and wish they could run me down.

Don't get me wrong. I still love road cycling and will continue to do it, but there are certain roads I will no longer ride on unless it's very early in the morning when the dopes are still sleeping. Salmon Falls Road is one of them, thanks to motorist stupidity.
SadieKate2012-04-22 03:33:19 +0000 #8
Wow, so someone else didn't mention it on some other forum. Guess my personal sighting of mt lions there doesn't count. Or the fact that I have seen people go over the edge. I guess I didn't post on the correct forum.

Seeing a full grown lion watching my 200+ hubby from a perfect hunting perch about 20' away is close enough for me. Being married to the ex-CA Fish and Game attorney who knows about all the mountain lion deaths in the state is close enough for me.

And yes, people have died on that section whether or not someone posted on another forum.

I didn't say "don't ride." I'm just recommending caution which the experts would say is don't ride alone in known mt lion territory.

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