Return to Sun Mountain

In Home, Ride Report by Hawkens

When checking into the campground I had asked what were the options of having a late checkout. Expecting we would have to pay a full day like most places, but not in this case. Our spot would still be open and for $5 would allow us to stay until 6PM. Perfect, we won’t be pressed for time on our next ride.

We slept in a little bit then once again made our way to Rocking Horse Bakery. It was busy again, but they got us through quickly and we found a table available right away, might be harder once summer arrives.

Our next ride we had talked about Pipestone Canyon and then settled on Sun Mountain. We arrived at the trailhead and found the parking lot packed with folks participating in a 50K Ultra Marathon, we knew they’d be there and would stay out of their way on trails. As we pulled up expecting to be turned away by the person in a orange vest saying the lot was full. Nope they said drive up to the next person, we did she looks at the truck and says you’re a long one. Then points to an area for us to park that was perfect near the bathrooms and plenty of room on both sides of us. I think we got the last spot available.

Got our bikes ready and once Kristen and Steve arrived we took off down the trail. It has been 6 years since my last spin on these trails, but still knew my way around. Only took a few photos then it was all riding with some long stretches of fuuuunn!










Group shot in between cheering on some fast runners.


Making our way back to the cars, the trail eventually pops out to a paved road climb to the truck. Then back to the Old School Brewery for some lunch.


Back at the trailer cleaned up loaded the bikes onto the back of the trailer again.


One last look at the lake then push for home. Rolled into home a little before 9PM.

Great weekend of riding that I still felt on Tuesday’s ride. Looking forward to getting back there in the Fall.


Photo Credit: Kristen S and Erik A.