Two days of riding on Whistler Trails

Photos of the North Ranch Mountain Bikers of Ventura County. Click on an image to see it full size.

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This little stream had really orange water in it.
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Back on the paved Valley Trail and heading for the Flank Trail, you pass the seaplane port on the south end of Green Lake. From here you can get a flight to see the local mountains, or take your bike with you and get dropped off high in the mountains, just like helicopter skiing.
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Some wildflowers along the way
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They've built this structure specifically for bikes and hikers
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The trailhead to Rick's Roost, a dirt road that connects to the Rainbow-Sproatt Flank Trail
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It's pretty rocky and pretty steep. Think of Romero Canyon, only steeper. Or maybe cross Bulldog with the Creek of Doom (actually it wasn't as bad as that).
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They've put these signs at all the major junctions so you can find your way. Even so, it helps to have a map. A good map.
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Just in case you're not sure this is the right trail...
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Even though it's a dirt road, it narrows down to a single track. Most of it is a pretty easy climb, except for the beginning and end.
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Looking back down you can see Blackcomb on the left and Whistler on the right
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The junction of Rick's Roost with the Flank Trail. I went straight, which is north on the Flank Trail. When we go there in July, we will NOT be going this way! It was too steep and rocky.
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There's a bridge over Nineteen Mile Creek. This is where I should have turned around, but the maps said there were great views ahead...
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That's Black Tusk in the distance, hard to see because of the clouds surrounding it
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The thistles here look a little different from those in California
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There were lots of lupins next to the steep, rocky trail. I had lots of time to look around as I pushed my bike up and up and up
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Finally, the viewpoint of the valley. The lake in the middle is Alta Lake, Whistler is to its left, and Blackcomb is even further left
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On the way back down you can see Rainbow Mountain in the distance
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Well, bears in the woods will do what bears do
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On the Flank Trail south of Rick's Roost (a section we WILL ride), you can see the mountains behind Green Lake
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