This past weekend we were able to sneak away for a couple of extra days so that Ash could not only play with her new toy on some of Utah's best singletrack, but also do a mini version of the one-day Zion Traverse.
Moab may be world-renowned for it's great mountain biking, but the truth is that the St. George area is arguably better (and is getting increasingly renowned for it). The singletrack is killer, the technical riding is really athletic and demanding, and the setting is superlative.
|40-50 miles of snaky singletrack near St George|
|this is way burlier than it looks; I swear!|
|working out her Red Bull Rampage line....|
|The first few miles were roly-poly through this kind of terrain|
|then we started to drop a bit......|
And then soon enough we started to get into "the meat" of the scenery:
|The peaks and canyons of Zion are ridonculous|
Soon enough we found ourselves on the valley floor, where we refilled our water in our geeky little running packs:
While our fellow adventurers refilled.....their kegs:
We trotted up the road to the weeping rock trailhead and started chugging up the hill, heading for the park's east entrance, and eventually arrived just in time to catch a ride with a nice Salt Laker who was happily a recent joiner of the Wasatch Backcountry Alliance!
|A great little adventure|
and then back to the St Geo area, for more sublime singletrack:
|This is actually only a few hundred yards from the freeway!|
The joey factor of Utah's first and best national park and the adjacent town of Springdale is high, but the quality of recreation in that area is mega!