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September 13, 2008

Mt. Fromme, Leppard and Pipeline

Filed under: BC 2007, MTB Travel — anotherheader @ 3:49 am

The Crew: Becky and Dave

Leppard Trail

Leppard Trail

And the winner is Mt. Fromme. We decided to head back to Mt. Fromme because we like it there and we knew, already, how to pedal up. We aimed for a later start to give things the maximum amount of time to dry out. Good luck!

We rolled up Mountain Highway and dropped an old skid road that we thought was Floppy Bunny. It was not very interesting and was not Floppy Bunny (the trail markings are pretty scarce here). We went back to Mountain Highway and back up to the real Floppy Bunny that was a good descent, but not the best of Mt. Fromme.

Becky on Floppy Bunny, Mt. Fromme

Becky on Floppy Bunny, Mt. Fromme

Now it was time for a real trail! We headed up higher on Mountain Highway and hit Leppard Trail (as in Def Leppard). Leppard Trail was signed with a NSMBA tag, which usually indicates that a lot of work has been put in to stabilize and improve the trail. That was definitely the case here as a large portion of the trail was armored with rock or used low ladders to minimize the transit of muddy sections.

Leppard Trail is a rolling path with only a small altitude loss from start to finish. Though there are some rocky drops to negotiate, most of the challenge is tight and technical with low, narrow ladders and tight, root lined turns. Every feature is used, including an upside down, old cast iron bathtub where you roll off the rounded end. Add the moisture from the previous nights rain, and the challenge increases. All that being said, this is a great trail, one of our favorites for the trip. Slow and technical without big exposure, your work is rewarded with the flow of linking the trail sections together.

Leppard Trail

Leppard Trail

From the end of Leppard, we dropped down to Bobsled, the only black diamond trail we rode on our visit to Mt. Fromme. Bobsled was actually pretty straightforward with linked banked turns most the way down and alternative lines around the big air sections. It was a fast trail on the Mt. Fromme scale.

Bobsled dropped us near the bottom and it was time to end the riding for the trip. As we loaded the bikes on the truck, we were already making plans for a return visit!

Pictures:

http://picasaweb.google.com/wonderdog1/MtFrommeDay2

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