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IHSMBR – Secesh Option

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  • Bike Hermit™ September 8, 2014, 3:51 pm

    So we found the Bear Pete Trail and rode it. Here’s proof.
    Watch for the new page with links to posts with current-ish conditions of these routes. The page link will be in the right column.

    Bear Pete Trail from Aileen Frey on Vimeo.


  • Pete Neisen September 8, 2014, 4:02 pm

    A small group of us “rode” the Bear Pete Trail portion of the Secesh Option this past weekend. I say rode in quotes because once on the single track, we had to hike a lot. Pretty much every portion of the trail that has any grade is torn up and severely rutted by motorcycle traffic making it unrideable. It was really a workout with a loaded Pugsley. While the scenery was awesome and the place we camped along the trail was really nice, I’m not sure the few patches of smooth single track will warrant a return trip.

    We did it counter-clockwise, as suggested by the Bike Hermit’s video, but I am not sure that makes much of a difference. We still had to walk large portions of downhill because of the rutting and damage to the trail.

    If you are planning a trip on this trail, here are some notes:
    * The scenery throughout is awesome with great views.
    * Even in early September, we found plenty of water along the trail. There are lots of wet creek crossings.
    * We found pretty good camping with water nearby between where trail 145 branches off to the West and trail 143 branches off to the East.
    * Be prepared for a hike-a-bike slog.
    * Check out the nearby Burgdorf hot springs. We stayed in the rustic cabins one night and it was a great time.


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