Agent Rager & Co. Attack Epic SW-WA

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3 for 1 Epic Adventure with JR….

X marks the spot

X marks the spot

Murder mode.

Murder mode.

July 5th we embarked on another epic adventure. The crew met up at Moulton Falls park just north of Battleground Wa. I was sort of vague on the plans for the day because I knew parts of this ride, while epic on a whole new level, were going to be a grind. My plan was to shuttle from Moulton falls to 35 miles out into the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. This would set us up for a 25 mile ride, across three trails and several forest units! 4000′ of climbing and 6000′ of descent! We would ride three sections of trail, starting at Bluff Mt and then to Chinook, finishing on Bells Mt.

In the two weeks since I scouted, there had been some significant growth on trailside foliage which made a couple sections on Bluff Mt., which is primarily used by hikers, challenging. I ride a single ring up front and I was wishing I had a granny gear for some of those techy and rocky climbs. Bluff mountain trail starts out as a two-track with some fun and loose descents. It then turns into singletrack through a sweet flower meadow.

Is that a Hobbit?

Is that a Hobbit?

The trail aliens. Trail-iens.

The trail aliens. Trail-iens.

I mean, which way are we really supposed to go here????

I mean, which way are we really supposed to go here????

Misty Morning.

Misty Morning.

Seems like a good place to leave this bike....

Seems like a good place to leave this bike….

 

 

Next you pop out next to a rockwall with a shale cliff on the left- this section is techy and dangerous. This goes for a mileĀ or so then you get into a sweet dead forest that is just bear grass and dead trees with single track winding through. This pops you out on the backside of Bluff Mt. and you ride across the face fast and furious. Lots of amazing views from here- 3-4 mountain combos and high alpine meadows. You then begin to traverse ridge to ridge winding in and out of mountain peaks. It was freaking amazing riding the 6 foot wide land bridge between Starway and Silverstar. Once you get to Silverstar you’ll take a left and burn (go really fast for a mile) down to Chinook. Take a left at Chinook….(No sign but if you hit Ed’s trail you have gone too far!)

Uh. Yeah dude.

Uh. Yeah dude.

This is not epic. Is it?

This is not epic. Is it?

I just need to check my strava quick!!

I just need to check my strava quick!!

Chinook takes you on a Downhill run of amazing singletrack for about 3 miles, until you merge with Tarbell towards rock creek. You get a mild climb to the next null then its DH again until you hit a mile past Tarbell trail head. Mostly sweet DH singletrack all the way to Rock Creek campground. Cross the Dole Valley Rd and on to Bells Mt trail.

Bells mountain is really more fun to ride the other way- but the last 1.5 miles is super fun and steep DH. Even though the Bells Mt. Trail is mostly uphill it undulates slowly over 5 miles gaining a little bit each time- except the last mile which is a grind. By here I was pretty smoked so I had to hike a bike but the boys grinded it out.

If you look to the left, you can see JR's house.

If you look to the left, you can see JR’s house.

King of the Cascades and namesake to so many sweet sweet beverages.

Adams or Rainier is a great question to have to ask. Good Problems!

Put a bird on it.

Put a bird on it.

At the end you pop out near Moulton falls and its time to jump into the river…..Then head to Nicks bar and Grill in Amboy for post ride recovery……

This is definitely not a beginner ride and having the right bike will make or break this ride. That said it is epic on a whole new level and the views are second to none……

>>JR and Co. are killing it this season. If you race DH, then you have surely seen the Singletrack Minds Team crushing practice laps.

 



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