We found and added a 1.8 mile cross country ski trail to the South Loop for the 30 mile ride. This brings the mileage for the South loop up to 15.1 miles so the total distance is within acceptable parameters to be endorsed as a 30 mile ride (28.7 miles). The 50 milers will not do this extra piece at the start of the South Loop because the Woody Mountain loop is long enough to bring their mileage right to 50 miles.
Be sure to reserve CWSF hay if you need it
Be sure to reserve the # of FFA BBQ dinners you need for your posse on Saturday night
Karaoke after awards Saturday night! We will get the wolves to howl for sure!
The smoke has lifted and the temperatures have dropped down to lovely fall warm days and crispy nights! We are expecting rain next week --everyone do a rain dance -- the trails will be perfect if we get a good soaking rain. Get your entries postmarked or emailed by tomorrow--Friday 15th to avoid late charges. See you all in two weeks!
The trails are GPS'ed. The 50 mile is 50.1 miles. The shorter ride is 27 miles at this time --it may be lengthened to meet the 30 mile criteria. The total elevation ascent on the 50 mile is 4495 ft. The trails are majority old logging roads, some newly used logging roads, a 2 mile technical bike trail, 2 miles on a soft gravel road like at Sand Canyon. There is a majority good footing with small sections of rock--if you normally pad, I would pad for this ride. If you don't normally pad you probably don't need to. The trails are a little dusty right now --let's hope for some rain before September 30th .
There are 3 loops:
North Loop 13.3 miles with 2287 ft of climbing --this is the first and most difficult loop and still has areas to move out. The two mile technical bike trail is half way through this loop.
South Loop 13.6miles with 1746 feet of climbing. This is everyone's last loop and is the easiest trail with lots of shade and nice footing.
Woody Mountain Loop 23.2 miles with 2208 ft of climbing. This is the middle loop for the 50 mile ride. It has a big climb up the mountain (Whiskey gallops it for fun) with a water tank near the top. Again, even with the climb there are many places you can really move out on this lolly pop loop.
All 3 loops are mapped and GPS tracks will be posted next week. The trails are beautiful -- a little dusty --should rain before the 30th. Pre-entries are due by the 30th to save a $10 late fee. Remember to reserve # of CWSF hay bales ($15per bale alfalfa grass mix) you need and the # of Saturday BBQ dinners you need ($15 per dinner). We are looking forward to sharing the gorgeous Okanogan with you!
Kathleen Ferguson , Ride Manager