Last evening Loo and I rode the new Walden Ridge trail. With all the work that Brian Poston did yesterday I’d say we are close to 3 miles out and 3 back. The ride in is mostly all climbing and in sections its tough. Its steep, but its also tech. Its a balancing act literally. You have to carry enough speed, but not too much to loose your line. You have to mash through rock sections that you might find easier to walk through. I found myself getting excited that I was cleaning climbing sections like they were DH sections. This trail requires a different commitment than the other trails in our area. You have to pump and find a flow that doesn’t come easy. But when you commit and find it, it is rewarding. This is what I got in to mountain biking for. I guess that I have gotten bored with Haw, Norris, Concord, and IC King. Don’t get me wrong, I like to ride those places and they serve a tremendous purpose and are very rewarding in there own right. But they are for the masses and I have never liked to always do what the masses have. I remember when we used to ride Saddle, Lone, Walden, BSF and even Windrock. Those were our weekend rides which we looked forward to all week. I sort of lost sight of all those awesome places so close to home. Its good to find them again.
I’d like to see if anyone can clean the whole climb in. I’d say it is doable, but by someone way more skilled and stronger than me. I’d like to see it for sure.