One of the IMBA Epics.
The first section, Maidu, is partially in a designated wilderness area, so no mechanical methods of travel are allowed, not even if one is walking them...bikes not allowed.
The Lemolo section had not been cleared and so there were 10-12 tree crossings.
The start...Umpqua at Kelsay Valley campsite.
First creek crossing...dang cold water, but with the Keen sandals, my feet dried off as much as possible in a short time.
See the bike?
At water level.
Bench step over. With flash.
Hundreds of feet above the river many times...........
A little water on the trail.
Another straight down view.
A different kind of water falls, called Columnar falls.
Another side falls........
Another example of a Columnar falls.
Trail work needed!
A very unique section, huge rocks that resembled giant toadstools.
View at the top of Deer Leap section.
Hundreds of feet above the river, again!
Large burn area.
I started at 11 AM. By 7:15 PM, when my GPS died, I was about a mile from the Mott Trailhead. 25 or so miles to go on the trail, Mott for 5 and Tioga for 18-20 miles. After looking at the Tioga elevation map, I knew I couldn't make it and Mott in under 5 hours, maybe more. Rain, only one light, foliage over the trail and some very tough climbs coming up, I decided to bail. I maybe crazy, but I try not to be stupid! 45 some miles of singletrack up and down the river in 8 hours was enough.
I hopped on the pavement to race the river down to Swiftwater and 75 minutes later I beat the darkness to my car.
It was a fun day!
The trial has very varied riding from segment to segment. Never boring, frequently very difficult as well as frequently fantastic singletrack and always interesting and something new around the corner.