Since Old Snowbasin Road is not in the best of conditions, it is best to ride up it before deciding to descend. That way, at least, you know where the hazards are located.
So, I got up this morning and decided that I really needed to climb a mountain. Since the doctors still won't let me back on my mountain bike I decided to ride the road. The weather was perfect as I set out for Old Snowbasin Road, a great climb for anyone looking for a long scenic ride. The first few miles offer a steady climb with very little traffic as there are few homes and the road eventually closes completely to all vehicles. At the top of the first climb the view opens up to a higher mountain valley with a backdrop of Snowbasin. A nice place to catch a quick breather before the winding road descends to the Art Nord trailhead (conveniently, you will find outhouse facilities here). There is a barrier at the bottom of the road just as it begins to climb again that keeps vehicles out. Normally there is a gap in the barriers that allows riders to shoot through. Today there was not. Luckily, I had already slowed down.
Now the second part of the climb begins. When I was about half way up this section a group of Davis High School mountain bikers exited the Maples trail and joined me on the road untill reaching the entrance to the Snowbasin Ski Resort. To my delight, I was still strong enough to pass two of them. One of their "coaches" caught up with me and we visited until the turn off.
If you are doing a loop, as I was, this climb is not over yet. It keeps going another mile or so after passing the entrance to Snowbasin and then finally descends and eventually spits you out onto Trapper's Loop. Trapper's Loop is a main artery into Ogden Valley. The road is wide and well maintained but also well travelled, especially on weekends and holidays. The winds had picked up at this point and a couple of times I felt my bike being pushed off the road so I had to take it slower than I would have liked. Trapper's Loop offers a swift descent that can easily push you over 50 mph. With the traffic and the wind (and my lack of courage) I didn't come close to this speed. It was a great ride that left me ready for a nap when I arrived home.
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